"Norfolk's First Jew: Jacob Abrahams," is the remarkable true story of Jacob Abrahams, who sojourned in Norfolk, Virginia, in the 1780s and is alleged to have kidnapped a free negro girl (Sally Valentine) and sold her into slavery.
"An Introduction to the History of Portsmouth's Chevra T'helim Synagogue," is the early story of a synagogue building in Portsmouth, Virginia and its congregation. Although the synagogue, built in 1922, is no longer a place of worship, the edifice remains as a preserved example of an Orthodox synagogue. It is currently being restored and made into a museum of Jewish history for southeastern Virginia. (For more information about the restoration efforts, click here.)
"A Pictorial Tour Through the Jewish History of the Town of Berkley / Washington Point / Norfolk County, Virginia" presents a number of rare photographs and other documents of the early years of one of the most significant Jewish communities of East-European origin on the east coast of the U.S.
Genealogical information on Families from Lygumai/Ligum and Pakruojis/Pakroy, Lithuania, many of which have descendants living in Norfolk, Virginia, and Baltimore, Maryland.
Also History of the Jewish Communities of Ligum and Pakroy, Lithuania
JewishHistoryUSA.com's first publication, Norfolk, Virginia: A Jewish History of the 20th Century. This 249-page book is a comprehensive historical overview of the Jewish community of Norfolk. MORE.
JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF TIDEWATER
This webpage is currently under construction!
This organization devoted to Jewish family history and genealogy, focussing on the Jews of Tidewater Virginia (especially Norfolk, Portsmouth, Berkley), is now more than 26 years old, making it the oldest regional Jewish genealogical society in the United States (see the story of how it began).
FIRST AMERICAN JEWISH FAMILIES
Genealogical information on early American Jewish families that is NOT found in (but updates) Malcolm Stern's First American Jewish Families, such as Jacob Abrahams (ca.1750-ca.1825) (gf of Cellela Gentry and Jacob Abrams and ggf of Mrs. Albin Netherwood), who was married to Deborah Mordecai, daughter of Mordecai Mordecai and Zipporah de Lyon and great-granddaughter of Samuel de Riberio Nunez and Rebecca de Siquera. [Note: To search and see Malcolm Stern's First American Jewish Families, click here.]
CONTACT THE WEBMASTER/AUTHOR
Founder of first Jewish Genealogical society in the U.S. outside of NYC and author of JewishHistoryUSA.com's first publication, Irwin Berent.