'petit' exhibition opening in NYC:
'Selected Letters of Reverend Dr. David de Sola
Twentieth Century American Jewish Leader'
by Shelomo Alfassa
Lynne Winters 212.294-8350 x2
YORK, NY (July 11, 2012) A new 'petit exhibition'
will go on view at the Center for Jewish History
starting Monday July 16, 2012. Created by the American
Sephardi Federation (ASF), 'Selected Letters
of Reverend Dr. David de Sola Pool (1885 - 1970),
Twentieth Century American Jewish Leader,' highlights
a collection of eclectic papers of Dr. David de
only was Dr. Pool the rabbi of New York's Spanish
and Portuguese Synagogue, home to Congregation
Shearith Israel, America's very first Jewish
congregation (founded in 1654), but he was also
president of various Jewish communal organizations
during the twentieth century. Tremendously respected
across the world and in the United States, this
British-born and German-educated scholar was frequently
referred to as the 'chief rabbi' of the Sephardic
Jews in America, although he never held such a title.
exhibition, created by Shelomo Alfassa, contains
a selection of fascinating letters, telegrams and
other ephemera, demonstrating the wide breadth of
focus that Dr. Pool involved himself with during
his active years of service, as a rabbi, Jewish
community leader, author, and humble thinker, from
exhibition is composed of selected documents from
the following collections that are contained in
the archives of the National
Sephardic Library of the American Sephardi
Federation: Union of Sephardic Congregations;
Central Sephardic Community of America; and
the Papers of Abraham and Irma Lopes Cardozo.
is no charge to visit the exhibition, which will
be on view at the Center for Jewish History,
15 West 16th Street in Manhattan. Hours: Sunday
11am to 5pm, Monday & Wednesday 9:30am to 8pm,
Tuesday & Thursday 9:30am - 5pm, and Friday
9:30am to 3pm.