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Leeser, Isaac
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(Dec 12, 1806, Neuenkirchen, Westphalia, Germany – Feb 1, 1868, Philadelphia, PA), Jewish preacher and journalist. After attending the Gymnasium in Münster, Leeser emigrated to Richmond, Virginia, in 1824. Between 1829 and 1850 he served as Hazzan (cantor) and preacher at the congregation Mikveh-Israel in Philadelphia. Leeser attempted to unite American Jewry on an institutional level. He founded the first national American-Jewish paper, the monthly The Occident (1843–1869). As editor and author of The Occident Leeser visited many Jewish communities in …

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Brinkmann, Tobias, “Leeser, Isaac”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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