Special SCJS Walking Tour
of Colonial Philadelphia and
Mikveh Israel’s Historic 1740 Cemetery
Date and Time: Sunday, November 5, from 9:00am to 11:30am (approximately)
Tour Start: Mikveh Israel Synagogue (next door to the conference Wyndham Hotel)
Benjamin Franklin has graciously agreed to serve as your personal historian and guide as we explore Old City Colonial Philadelphia and Independence National Historical Park, and learn the history of the United States of America. This will be an informative, funny and entertaining walk through one of America’s most historic neighborhoods. As a special treat, Mikveh Israel’s historical 1740 cemetery will be opened for this tour.
We will visit the homes of the citizens of Philadelphia. From an ordinary flag-maker to the President of the United States, and of course, Benjamin Franklin’s beloved home.
By 1776, Philadelphia was home to 25 different religions. The Jewish community, founded in 1737, strongly influenced and participated in the American Revolution. We will explore and learn about the influential figures from the congregation of Mikveh Israel, the longest continually operating synagogue in the United States.
From its early Sephardic roots to its growing diversity, we will be introduced to such influential figures as Haym Salomon, Nathan Levy, David Franks and the Gratz family. Walking the very streets where they resided, we will hear their stories and see where they lived and worked. Lastly, we will visit the cemetery where many of the early prominent Jewish citizens, including Sephardic members, were buried.
Tour Guide: Mitchell Kramer --
Mitchell is a costumed Historic Interpreter and Tour Guide in Old City Philadelphia, portraying Benjamin Franklin. He owns and operates Mitchell Kramer Tours Inc. a private company offering personal tours of Historic Philadelphia.