DELAWARE, U.S. state located on the Middle Atlantic seaboard. The first to ratify the United States constitution in 1787, it is the state with the second smallest land mass and the sixth smallest population. In 2001, some 13,500 Jews lived in the state and accounted for 1.7 percent of the Delaware population. Although Jewish fur traders were in the territory that became Delaware as early as 1655, only a handful of Jews, including Jacob Fiana, Abraham Judah, and Jacob and Daniel Solis,   Jewish communities in Delaware. Population figures for 2001. Jewish communities in Delaware. Population figures for 2001.   settled in the area before the middle of the 19th century when Jewish retailers from families in Philadelphia and Baltimore began opening stores in Wilmington. In 1879, 18 Jewish merchants formed Delaware's first Jewish organization, the Moses Montefiore Society, as a religious, educational, and charitable organization. Delaware became the last of the original colonies to have an organized Jewish community and worship services for the High Holidays. Given Wilmington's prosperity and the influx of Jews from Eastern Europe, the Jewish population of Wilmington grew quickly reaching some 4,000 by 1920. The Jews formed numerous service organizations, including the Young Men's Hebrew Association (today's JCC), the Hebrew Charity Association (today's Jewish Family Service), and the Bichor Cholem Society (today's Kutz Home). By 1929, they had established three Orthodox synagogues, Adas Kodesch, Chesed Shel Emeth, and Machzikey Hadas; a Reform synagogue, Temple Beth Emeth; and a Conservative synagogue, Congregation Beth Sholom. These organizations and synagogues (Adas Kodesch and Chesed Shel Emeth merged in 1957) continued to serve the Wilmington population in 2005. Chabad-Lubavitch began conducting Sabbath services and educational activities in Wilmington and Newark in 1987. A few Jewish students attended Delaware College, today's University of Delaware, at the end of the 19th century, but Jews did not settle in the college town of Newark until the early 20th century. The Hillel Foundation began activities at the university by 1948. In the early 21st century Hillel served some 800 students a year. The Newark Jewish Community, later known as Temple Beth El, the state's only Reconstructionist synagogue, was organized in 1954. In the mid-19th century, a small number of Jewish retailers opened businesses in Dover, the state capital, and in several towns in southern Delaware. Jewish growth in the area was slower than in Wilmington, but by the early 20th century, Jewish retailers, peddlers, canners, distillers, and hotel-keepers lived in many towns of southern Delaware including Dover, Lewes, Georgetown, Milford, Millsboro, Seaford, and Smyrna. In 1897, with the aid of HIAS, the Isaac Benioff family settled in Kent County, becoming Delaware's first Jewish farmers. The Jewish Agriculture Society helped an additional 24 Jewish families establish farms in southern Delaware, primarily in Kent County, between 1912 and 1929. Religious services were held informally in homes until 1939 when the Jewish Congregation of Lower Delaware, a predecessor of today's Conservative synagogue, Congregation Beth Shalom, was incorporated. In 1997, Jewish vacationers and retirees from Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, and Wilmington along with Jews from Lewes, Rehoboth, and the surrounding Delaware beach communities formed the Seaside Jewish Community. The group, which numbered more than 150 families in 2005, held religious services, educational programs including a Hebrew school, and social events. Throughout the 20th century, most Delaware Jews continued to live in the Wilmington area, the focal point of Jewish life in Delaware. One Jewish federation, located in Wilmington, served the entire state. However, by the end of the 20th century, the demographics had shifted. A 1995 study estimated that 56% of Delaware's Jews lived in the Wilmington area, 32% in the Newark-Hockessin area, and 12% in southern Delaware. Jews have become an integral part of life in all parts of the state. They have contributed to the arts, science, business, medicine, journalism, law, and public service. irving shapiro became CEO of the Dupont Company in 1973 and chair of the Business Roundtable in 1976, Roxana Arsht became Delaware's first female judge in 1971, Daniel Herrmann became chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court in 1973, and Jack Markell was Delaware's state treasurer in 2005. -BIBLIOGRAPHY: Ukeles Associates, Inc., 1995 Jewish Population Study of Delaware, Summary Report; T. Young, Becoming American, Remaining Jewish: The Story of Wilmington, Delaware's First Jewish Community 1879–1924 (1999); D. Geffen, Jewish Delaware 1655–1976: History, Sites and Communal Services (1976); T. Young (ed.), Delaware and the Jews (1979). (Toni Young (2nd ed.)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

Игры ⚽ Нужна курсовая?

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Delaware — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Para otros usos de este término, véase Delaware (desambiguación). State of Delaware Estado de los Estados Unidos …   Wikipedia Español

  • Delaware — • One of the original thirteen of the United States of America Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Delaware     Delaware     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Delaware [1] — Delaware (spr. Delläwär), 1) (D. Bai), Meeresarm des Atlantischen Oceans an der Küste der Vereinigten Staaten von Nordamerika, sich in nordwestlicher Richtung von Cape Mai u. Cape Henlopen an 14 Meilen lang, in einer mittleren Breite von 5 Meilen …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Delaware — Delaware, OH U.S. city in Ohio Population (2000): 25243 Housing Units (2000): 10208 Land area (2000): 14.999810 sq. miles (38.849327 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.099952 sq. miles (0.258875 sq. km) Total area (2000): 15.099762 sq. miles (39.108202 …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Delaware — es uno de los estados de los Estados Unidos de América.Es conocido como el Primer Estado dado que fue el primero de las 13 colonias en ratificar la Constitución de los Estados Unidos. * * * Río del E de E.U.A. Nace en los Apalaches. Pasa por… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Delaware [2] — Delaware (abgekürzt Del.), einer der Staaten der nordamerikan. Union (s. Karte »Vereinigte Staaten«), mit 5310 qkm Fläche, der kleinste nach Rhode Island, den nordöstlichen Teil der Halbinsel zwischen Chesapeake und Delawarebai umfassend und von… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Delaware — état de l E. des È. U. (le plus petit après le Rhode Island), sur la baie de la Delaware; 5 328 km²; 666 000 hab.; cap. Dover. Il est formé au N. par des collines, au S. par une plaine. Le climat est tempéré. Agric. (légumes, fruits). Import.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Delaware — Delaware1 [del′ə wer΄, del′əwar΄] n. 1. pl. Delawares or Delaware a member of any of a group of North American Indian peoples that lived in the Delaware River valley, now living mainly in Oklahoma and Ontario 2. the Algonquian language of these… …   English World dictionary

  • Delaware, IA — U.S. city in Iowa Population (2000): 188 Housing Units (2000): 78 Land area (2000): 0.798640 sq. miles (2.068469 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.011054 sq. miles (0.028631 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.809694 sq. miles (2.097100 sq. km) FIPS code:… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Delaware, OH — U.S. city in Ohio Population (2000): 25243 Housing Units (2000): 10208 Land area (2000): 14.999810 sq. miles (38.849327 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.099952 sq. miles (0.258875 sq. km) Total area (2000): 15.099762 sq. miles (39.108202 sq. km) FIPS …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”