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Aboab: First Rabbi of the Americas

This book depicts the true story of Rabbi Isaac Aboab da Fonseca, a Rabbi from Amsterdam who traveled to Recife, Brazil to lead the first Jewish congregation in the Americas.

The congregation thrived under his leadership for 14 years, before being abandoned due to the Portuguese re-conquest of Recife in 1654.

Copyright 1959, Covenant Books (Farrar Straus, Cudahy and the Jewish Publication Society). 180 pages.


Aboab: First Rabbi of the Americas
Emily Hahn
Covenant Books, 1959.