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Jewish Historical Society Presents Lee Weaver in his play “The Secret”

“The Secret,” a one-man play by award-winning playwright and actor Lee Weaver will be staged at the St. Augustine Waterworks, 184 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, FL, 32084, at 7 pm on September 8th.


Weaver will portray a man in search of Jews, forbidden in the New World by the tribunals of the Spanish Inquisition.

 

“The Secret” (written and performed by Lee Weaver) is a two-hour presentation about a Spanish Inquisition “Finder” who crosses the Atlantic with Pedro Menendez in 1565. His task: find Jews in the New World and turn them into the authorities. “The Secret” is about adventure. on the high seas, love, family, hiding, discovery, torture, life and death, Judaism, The Church, The Law, and the Rack!

Have questions? Please call 904-907-7987

 

There is NO CHARGE to attend this two-hour presentation


This play is presented as part of the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society’s celebration of its 10th year and the 457th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine, Florida.


This program is made possible through the generosity of The St. Johns Cultural Council and the City of St. Augustine.

Thursday, September 8 @ 7 pm

Membership

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Never before has membership in the St. Augustine
Jewish Historical Society (SAJHS) meant so much!

SAJHS has been making amazing progress in discovering the nature of the Jews who came to these shores in 1565, some 42 years before the establishment of the British colony at Jamestown, Virginia and 55 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts.

Surely, you will want to be part of the excitement of these discoveries! Scholars around the globe have become aware of our work and are reaching out to us in many different ways. That’s how Stanley Hordes, PhD. the former State of New Mexico Historian, helped us identify Pedro Luis de Paez who came to St. Augustine, with his family, in 1583. That’s why Colorado State University Professor Roger L. Martinez-Davila is studying our records and comparing them with Inquisition Records of New Spain/Mexico.

More of these discoveries are coming our way and we can benefit from them, digest them and share them with our members and ultimately scholars around the world, if we have your support, if you will become a member of SAJHS.

To renew your annual membership or join as a new member visit https://sajhs.com/membership/ to submit dues with a credit card or PayPal. You may also send a check payable to “St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society” to Marcia Grado, Treasurer, 3443 Babiche St, Saint Johns, Florida 32259. Dues donations can be minimal (Students and Seniors are but $18 per year) but are huge in terms of your participation in helping to tell the stories of the Jews of St. Augustine, Florida!

Past Entries

Ninth Annual Largest Mass Arrest of Rabbis Commemoration

Ninth Annual Commemoration of the Largest Mass Arrest of Rabbis
to be held at the
Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront,
Friday June 17 at 12 pm.

St. Augustine Hilton
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Friday, June 17th at 12 p.m.

Rabbis Arrested

The Ninth Annual Commemoration of the largest mass arrest of Rabbis in US History will take place outdoors at the Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront, 32 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, at 12 noon, Friday, June 17th. This 30 minute event sponsored by the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society, is free and all are welcome.

On June 18, 1964, 16 Rabbis and a Reform Jewish administrator, who had come to St. Augustine at the request of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., were arrested and held in the St. Johns County Jail. Overnight, they wrote a letter entitled “Why We Went to St. Augustine” that will be read as part of the commemoration.

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Temple Bet Yam

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Wednesday, May 11th at 2 p.m.

St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society to explore the history of
Temple Bet Yam, May 11th at 2 p.m.

The St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society will explore the history of Temple Bet Yam, with a program in the synagogue’s facility at 2055 Wildwood Drive, St. Augustine, Florida 32086, on Wednesday, May 11th at 2 p.m. The program will include presentations by Temple Bet Yam founders Shelly and Marty Cohen, Carol Gladstone, Joan Guglielmo, and Donna and Elliott Palevsky. The program is open to the public, all are welcome. There is no charge. No advance arrangements need be made.

Founded in 1993, the establishment of Bet Yam is a local expression of a seismic shift within the world of American Jewry toward a more liberal understanding and interpretation of Jewish Heritage.

Jewish Community Alliance of Jacksonville

Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 7 pm

Jewish Community Alliance of Jacksonville will be hosting an overview of the Jewish History of St. Augustine, presented by the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society at
7 pm on Thursday, March 3, 2022.

The event will take place at the JCA’s facilities at 8505 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, Florida 32217. This program is open to all, free of charge and no advance arrangements are necessary. Ample parking is available.

The overview will begin with the presence of Jews at the 1565 founding of the first European settlement in what would become the United States of America. The era of Moses Elias Levy who carved out a Utopian plantation for world Jewry in lands from Ocala to Astor, Florida in the 1820s will lead to the oldest Jewish cemetery in Florida and the grave of Gershon Poznanski buried in St. Augustine during Hanukkah 1839. The arrival of Eastern European Jews in the decades that followed 1880 and the establishment of First Congregation Sons of Israel will flow naturally to the largest mass arrest of Rabbis in US History that took place at the Monson Hotel on Avenida Menendez on June 18, 1964. The arrest of the Rabbis, in St. Augustine at the request of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964—and to the murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner of Mississippi Burning fame in Neshoba County, Mississippi.

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St. Augustine City Commission

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Monday, January 10th at 5 pm

The St. Augustine City Commission to Proclaim January as
“St. Augustine Jewish History Month”

Please come with us to the St. Augustine City Commission Chambers on Monday, January 10th at 5 pm. in The Alcazar Room on the first floor of City Hall, located at 75 King Street in downtown St. Augustine.

At that time, the City Commission will be proclaiming January as “St. Augustine Jewish History Month,” recognizing the many contributions of Jews to the community from its founding in 1565 down to the present day.

In October of 2003, Governor Jeb Bush signed a historic bill into law designating January of
each year as Florida Jewish History Month. . It seemed appropriate to honor Jewish contributions to the State, as sixteen percent, over 850,000 people of the American Jewish community lives in Florida. Marcia Zerivitz is largely responsible for the designation in her role as the Chief Ambassador of Florida’s Jewish History.

There is no charge for attending St. Augustine City Commission meetings. All are welcome. It is likely that the City Government will gauge the meaning of this proclamation, in part, through attendance. So please bring your family and friends. The proclamation is made near the beginning of the meeting. You are welcome to stay for the remainder of the meeting or to leave after a short time. But do make plans to join us for just a few minutes at 5 pm. Monday January 10th.

First Congregation Sons of Israel

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 1 pm

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Join us for a visit to First Congregation Sons of Israel

You are welcome (as are your family and friends) to join the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society as we visit the oldest synagogue in Florida in continuous use, First Congregation Sons of Israel on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 1 pm. Simply meet us at the synagogue found at 161 Cordoba Street, St. Augustine, 32084. There is no charge for this event, no advance arrangements are necessary. Limited off-street and on street parking is available.

There are older Jewish congregations in Florida! There are older synagogue buildings in Florida. The two older synagogue buildings are found in Ocala and Pensacola. One is an Elks Lodge and the other a church! There is no synagogue in Florida holding regular services every week than First Congregation Sons of Israel in St. Augustine!

It’s time we all learned more about the remarkable nature of this building, built just a few hundred yards south of the old Ponce de Leon Hotel in an era when no Jews were permitted to stay as overnight guests!

Genealogist Genie Milgrom

Wednesday, March 31st at 7 pm

Author, genealogist and award-winning educator Genie Milgrom

Genealogist Genie Milgrom

Author, genealogist and award-winning educator Genie Milgrom will help the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society trace the possible Jewish roots of the colonists and founder of Palm Valley – Don Diego Espinosa – in this exclusive event.

New Topic“Crypto-Jewish Genealogy: An Overview”

Live on Zoom

Open to all – No Charge. Zoom link available upon request – please Contact Us for a free invitation, or email sajhs1565@gmail.comAll are welcome. For further information contact SAJHS at 804-914-4460.

Recognitions:

  • WPast President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami
  • WPast President of Tarbut Sefarad-Fermoselle in Spain
  • WPast President of the Society for Crypto Judaic Studies
  • WWinner: 2015 and 2018 Latino Author Book Awards

Publications:

  • WMy 15 Grandmothers
  • WHow I found My 15 Grandmothers, A Step By Step Guide
  • WPyre to Fire
  • WJournal of Spanish, Portuguese and Italian Crypto Jewry
  • WGenieMilgrom.info
  • WWriter for esefarad.com

And much more! Full biography here.

Past Entries

Professor John D. Young

Associate Professor of Humanities, Flagler College

New TopicJewish Well-poisoning accusations

Wednesday, February 10, 7:00 PM

Professional:

  • WKenan Distinguished Associate Professor of Liberal Education and History, 2018-21
  • WVisiting Professor at the University of Würzburg, Fall 2015 and Fall 2018
  • WFellow, Forschungsstelle für vergleichende Ordengeschichte, University of Dresden

Publications:

  • WPreaching and New Worlds: Sermons as Mirrors of Realms Far and Near
  • WA Fruitful Partnership: Jews and the Canons of St. Kilian in Twelfth-century Würzburg
  • WPreaching and New Worlds: Sermons as Mirrors of Realms Far and Near
  • WThis Small Spot: A Narrative History of Selected World Civilizations
  • WMedieval Monastic Sermons: An Argument for New Editions
  • WStanding Apart: Mormon Historical Consciousness and the Concept of Apostasy

And much more! Full biography here.

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The St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society was formed on November, 2011, incorporated as a Florida non-profit corporation on March 29, 2012.

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