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“Under His Own Vine and Fig Tree”: Washington Welcomes Jews

Date: Sunday, Aug. 15 | 11:00 AM–12:15 PM EDT

George Washington’s letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport is a short but profound statement about both the nature of America as well as the role the Jewish community can and should play in it. In this seminar, we will examine the themes Washington touches upon in the letter, including the nature of liberty, the threat of bigotry, loyalty, and mutual prosperity. As we will see, Washington’s vision of a flourishing America was inspired by the Hebrew Bible, a fountain of wisdom for all Americans, from the country’s inception to today.

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