Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Galveston Movement
Jacob Schiff, a banker and philanthropist, championed the idea of bringing Jews to the South. He was the sole donor of the plan, pledging $500,000. Galveston was chosen because its railroads and relatively small size would encourage immigrants to move elsewhere. It was also home to Rabbi Henry Cohen, leader of the local reform synagogue B'nai Israel, and a small but thriving Jewish community.
The first ship to arrive under the plan was the S.S. Cassel, on July 1, 1907, from Bremen, Germany; 86 of the passengers were Jewish. Cohen welcomed the new immigrants, as he would every group that came during the program. The arrivals were processed at the Jewish Immigrants' Information Bureau (JIIB) headquarters. JIIB workers informed them of communities needing workers
Erected 2008 by Texas Historical Commission.
Location. 29° 18.103′ N, 94° 47.469′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of 22nd Street and Sealy Avenue, on the left when traveling south on 22nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Galveston TX 77550, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Congregation B'nai Israel Synagogue (a few steps from this marker); Trinity Protestant Episcopal Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eaton Memorial Chapel (about 300 feet away); The Rosenberg Library (about 500 feet away); Confederate Mariner: Leon Smith (about 500 feet away); Rabbi Henry Cohen (about 600 feet away); The Rt. Rev. Monsignor James Martin Kirwin (about 600 feet away); Galveston County Communities (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
Also see . . .
1. Article in Wikipedia. (Submitted on July 10, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
2. Some History. (Submitted on July 10, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
3. Article in the Texas Handbook. (Submitted on July 10, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
4. Article from the Jerusalem Post. (Submitted on July 10, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
Categories. • 20th Century •
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