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Hanukkah and the Gratz Family

Posted By on December 21, 2011

The blog, Rebecca Gratz and 19th Century America, by Susan Sklaroff, has been previously mentioned on this blog and on this day that begins Hanukkah 2011, readers are directed to three past posts on Susan Sklaroff’s blog which deal with subject of Hanukkah.

From her blog header, Susan Sklaroff states:

Rebecca Gratz (1781-1869), a Philadelphia philanthropist, founded the first Hebrew Sunday School in America and participated as a founding member in several other nonsectarian and Jewish charitable organizations which were among the first to be organized and run by women. Besides her good works, she is remembered today for her beauty, her thwarted love affair with a non-Jew and the persistent story that she was the inspiration for the character of Rebecca in Scott’s novel Ivanhoe.

For the purposes of this Civil War Blog, it is again noted that the founder of Gratz, Pennsylvania, was Simon Gratz, the brother of Rebecca.  The “Gratz Family” is one of the topics on this Civil War Blog and all prior posts can easily be accessed by clicking on “Gratz Family” in the topics column.

Three of the past posts on Rebecca Gratz and 19th Century America can be accessed by clicking on the titles below:

Did St. Nicholas Visit the Gratz House?   22 December 2009.

St. Nicholas Visits the Mordecai House.  17 December 2010.

Hanukkah Greetings.  15 December 2009.

Enjoy!  And, Happy Hanukkah, from Gratz, Pennsylvania.


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