By Mark Cowett
American Jewish heritage has been criticized for its parochial nature since it has consisted mostly of chronicles of yankee Jewish lifestyles and has usually didn't discover the connection among Jews and different ethnic teams in America.
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First, he had always claimed that he had a chance to make a start in a relatively new but developing city, where Jews had abundant opportunities. Second, a job was available at Temple Emanu-EI, the congregation where many German Jews worshiped. Third, he had prior experience working in the South. In 1893 Isaac Mayer Wise had sent the young rabbinical student to Jacksonville, Florida, to officiate at the Jewish high holiday services. On this trip, he met a future friend, Adolph S. Ochs, editor of the Chattanooga Times and soon to become publisher of the New York Times.
S. Copyright law is illegal and injures the author and publisher. For permission to reuse this work, contact the University of Alabama Press. ethnic and immigrant groups, the Jews of Emanu-EI did not come primarily to work in the mines and mills. Instead, they came to be merchants, bankers, educators, lawyers, and political and civic leaders.... 2o These German Jews believed that the newly emerging industrial town needed their assets and talents, and in a short period of time, their beliefs were borne out.
A year later, his parents moved to Alsace, then a French province, because his father wanted the equal rights that were denied to Jews in Germany. After 1848, his father feared a return of monarchical government under Louis Napoleon. The elder Ullman therefore sailed for New Orleans in November 1851. His family settled in Port Gibson, Mississippi, and ran a butcher shop. Samuel quit attending the public schools at the age of thirteen because he had to help his father in business. 34 In 1861 Ullman volunteered for the Sixteenth Mississippi Regiment and served in the brigade commanded by Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.
Birmingham's Rabbi: Morris Newfield Ala 1895-1940 by Mark Cowett