Work/Cited Episode 8: Looking for Lewis Moses Gomez and His Family, Jewish Merchants of 18th-Century New York
In this episode, Lyudmila Sholokhova, Curator of NYPL's Dorot Jewish Division, was joined by Jonathan Schorsch, professor of Jewish religious and intellectual history at the University of Potsdam. They discussed Schorsch's new publication, The Remarkable Life of Luis Moses Gomez, which explores one of New York's most prominent Sephardic Jewish merchant families from the 18th century—a family both extraordinary and paradigmatic of its milieu—by means of a bibliographic investigation of the NYPL's collections.
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Episode References and Additional Resources
New York City in 1695 and Sketch and Site of the Old Mill Street Synagogue, from The Jewish Encyclopedia, A Descriptive Record of the History, Religion, Literature, and Customs of the Jewish People from the Earliest Times to the Present Day
- Gomez family papers, from the online database Jewish Life in America c1654-1954
- H.R. Stoneback. Cartographers of the Deus Loci: the Mill House. North Hills, Pa.: Bird & Bull Press, 1982
- Eli Faber. A Time for Planting: The First Migration, 1654-1820. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, c199
- Jacob R. Marcus. The Colonial American Jew, 1492-1776. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1970
- David de Sola Pool. Portraits Etched in Stone: Early Jewish Settlers, 1682-1831. New York: Columbia University Press, 1952
- Stephen Birmingham. The Grandees: America's Sephardic Elite. New York: Open Road Integrated Media, 201
- Deborah R. Prinz. On the Chocolate Trail: A Delicious Adventure Connecting Jews, Religions, History, Travel, Rituals and Recipes to the Magic of Cacao. New York: Jewish Lights Publishing, 2018
Other Online Resources
- Gomez Mill House site
- Genealogical Tree of the Gomez Family
- Jewish Virtual Library, Jewish American Historical Places: The Gomez House
- The Gotham Center for New York City History, The Gomez Family and Atlantic Patterns in the Development of New York's Jewish Community
- Wikipedia, Gomez Mill House
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