Presidents and Synagogues
The blog has been quiet this past week as I have been traveling in Poland and Ukraine, speaking at two conferences and having almost round-the-clock meetings and site and exhibition visits. I found simultaneous participation and blogging impossible. I don't know how those bog-on-the spot political correspondents do it (well, I guess they observe and follow the pack instead of act and think independently). But now I can catch up. You’ll be hearing more about in the days to come.
But for now, I want to write in the spirit of American election day. What does the election have to do with Jewish monuments …except that candidates have been feverishly courting Jewish votes and money? Well, for one thing, there is a long association of presidents and synagogues.
As early as 1876, President Ulysses S. Grant attended the dedication of
More recently, presidents make a point of visiting synagogues at home and abroad. George W. Bush visited the restoration of the Choral Synagogue in
I assume the list of presidential visits to synagogues to be quite long. Likewise, the tradition of royalty in