SOZ Adult Education Lecture Series Part I: Thomas Jefferson and the Jews
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About The Event
Did Thomas Jefferson know any Jews? It is highly probable he could have encountered Dr.John de Sequeyra, a highly respected physician and the first full time Jewish resident in the colony of Virginia. And Jefferson would certainly have been aware of those patriotic Jews who became engaged in the American War for Independence, and while our ambassador in Paris, he would have heard discussions concerning the emancipation of the Jews of France. This lecture will seek to draw together these and other significant issues surrounding Jefferson, the Jews, and religious freedom and tolerance.