Emma Lazarus Focus of New Exhibit and App For Walking Tour By Museum of Jewish Heritage (New York City)

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The Museum of Heritage, A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, of which JewishGen is an affiliate, has created an app for a walking tour of Emma Lazarus' New York- including her Jewish heritage. This is tied to the Museum's new exhibit which starts October 26 through the summer of 2012. It is a downloadable walking tour visiting 19 sites that helped shape Lazarus'
legacy. The Museum's exhibit is in conjunction with the 125th anniversary
of the Statue of Liberty. http://www.mjhnyc.org/emma/

Emma Lazarus was an American Jewish poet born in New York City in 1849, a child of Portuguese Sephardic Jews, best known for her sonnet inside the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, The New Colossus ...give me your tired your poor, your huddled masses...". This is the focus of a new app for a walking tour of the Manhattan, from Battery Park to the Upper east Side..one is taken back in time to the sights and sounds of the life in New York in
the second half of the 19th century.

One also learns about Lazarus' Jewish identity and her Sephardic lineage dating back to her great great uncle Gershom Mendes Seixas, who served as the spiritual leader of Shearith Israel, New York's first Jewish congregation, and his brother Moses, who authored a very famous letter to George Washington. One stop is at the home of Judge Benjamin Nathan, Lazarus' uncle, who was murdered there in 1870. The crime affected Lazarus deeply and rocked New York's elite society. Edith Wharton's family's home stood next door to Nathan's.

This is posted for the interest of Jewish history in early New York. I have no affiliation with the Museum, other than being a supporter of JewishGen which is a museum affiliate.

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Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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