Letters: Missing Person

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I am writing in response to Jarrad Saffren’s July 6 article titled, “How Jewish is July 4?” I take no exception to the piece and found it very interesting. I was, however, disappointed to find one Jewish man’s role, vital to the American Revolution, omitted. Haym Salomon helped finance the Revolutionary War through fundraising efforts and personal loans to the cause. He lived in Philadelphia, was a founding member of Mikveh Israel Synagogue and is buried in the Mikveh Israel Cemetery referenced in the article.

For many years, B’rith Shalom honored his name with the now-defunct Haym Salomon Lodge. Among the many humanitarian deeds the organization conducted was to place a memorial marker at the Mikveh Israel Cemetery to honor his legacy.

Salomon is a little-known figure of great importance and an adopted Philadelphia son. For those of us who know, his exclusion was a missed opportunity for those in our community who should.

Mindi Leiber, Huntingdon Valley


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