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Saving the Jews: Religious Toleration and the American Society for Meliorating the Condition of the Jews

Saving the Jews: Religious Toleration and the American Society for Meliorating the Condition of... Saving the Jews Religious Toleration and the American Society for Meliorating the Condition of the Jews SUSANNA LINSLEY In February of 1820, a cohort of clergymen and lay leaders gathered in New York City to launch a new, multidenominational, nationwide missionary project called ``The American Society for Meliorating the Condition of the Jews.'' The Society was spearheaded by Joseph Samuel Christian Frederick Frey, a former rabbinical student who had converted to Christianity as a young man in his native Germany. Before immigrating to the United States, Frey had spent some time as a missionary in England where he helped to found the London Society for Promoting Christianity among the Jews. As the group's popularity grew among the Lutheran and Reformed communities who had built the organization, Anglican members wrested control of the leadership and expelled nonconformists. Rejected from his life's work, Frey traveled to the United States to start again.1 Susanna Linsley completed her graduate work at the University of Michigan. She would like to thank the American Jewish Historical Society, the New York Historical Society, The South Caroliniana Library, and the Gilder Lerhman Society for their research support. She would also like to thank Susan Juster, Kate http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

Saving the Jews: Religious Toleration and the American Society for Meliorating the Condition of the Jews

Journal of the Early Republic , Volume 34 (4) – Nov 24, 2014

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Saving the Jews Religious Toleration and the American Society for Meliorating the Condition of the Jews SUSANNA LINSLEY In February of 1820, a cohort of clergymen and lay leaders gathered in New York City to launch a new, multidenominational, nationwide missionary project called ``The American Society for Meliorating the Condition of the Jews.'' The Society was spearheaded by Joseph Samuel Christian Frederick Frey, a former rabbinical student who had converted to Christianity as a young man in his native Germany. Before immigrating to the United States, Frey had spent some time as a missionary in England where he helped to found the London Society for Promoting Christianity among the Jews. As the group's popularity grew among the Lutheran and Reformed communities who had built the organization, Anglican members wrested control of the leadership and expelled nonconformists. Rejected from his life's work, Frey traveled to the United States to start again.1 Susanna Linsley completed her graduate work at the University of Michigan. She would like to thank the American Jewish Historical Society, the New York Historical Society, The South Caroliniana Library, and the Gilder Lerhman Society for their research support. She would also like to thank Susan Juster, Kate

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Journal of the Early RepublicUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Nov 24, 2014

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