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Letter from Julius Eckman to Solomon Nunes Carvalho, San Francisco 1855 (transcription of original manuscript)

Letter from Julius Eckman to Solomon Nunes Carvalho, San Francisco 1855 (transcription of original manuscript)

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Letter from Julius Eckman to Solomon Nunes Carvalho
San Francisco, March 15, 1855
Julius Eckman letter, 1855, BANC MSS 2010/513, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library

Julius Eckman (1805-1874), a graduate of the University and the Rabbinical College of Berlin and a pupil of Leopold Zunz, was the first Rabbi of Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco (1854-55) and the publisher of the Jewish journal, The Weekly Gleaner (1857-1863). In 1855, he wrote to Solomon Nunes Carvalho (1815-1897), the official photographer of explorer John C. Fremont's "fifth expedition" to the American West in 1853-1854, discussing the living conditions and the religious customs of the Jews in the city. In his letter, he mentions the celebration of a Jewish wedding feast in a San Francisco beer house.

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Letter from Julius Eckman to Solomon Nunes Carvalho
San Francisco, March 15, 1855
Julius Eckman letter, 1855, BANC MSS 2010/513, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library

Julius Eckman (1805-1874), a graduate of the University and the Rabbinical College of Berlin and a pupil of Leopold Zunz, was the first Rabbi of Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco (1854-55) and the publisher of the Jewish journal, The Weekly Gleaner (1857-1863). In 1855, he wrote to Solomon Nunes Carvalho (1815-1897), the official photographer of explorer John C. Fremont's "fifth expedition" to the American West in 1853-1854, discussing the living conditions and the religious customs of the Jews in the city. In his letter, he mentions the celebration of a Jewish wedding feast in a San Francisco beer house.

View catalog record in UC Berkeley's OskiCat:
http://oskicat.berkeley.edu/record=b18280034~S1

View Magnes database record:
http://magnesalm.org/notebook_fext.asp?site=magnes&book=156844

View image of document on Flickr.com:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/magnesmuseum/sets/72157626050731107/

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Published by: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life on Mar 01, 2011
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San Francisco, March 15, 1855S. N. CarvalhoMy dear Sir!By this you will have resumed some post to carry on The warfare that this life imposes onThe children of man. The struggle is real and continual; The distant trophies held up by Thearm of hope in the skies, vanish in the clouds, and leave disappointment behind them.Happy The man who, for the bare means of life, fully confides in The bounty of TheDispenser of life – his bread shall be given him, and water shall not fail.I expect, please god, to receive soon a few lines stating your safe arrival home, and thehealth of yourself and family.Here we have had excited times, bankrupcies, reverses; we do not know who is involved,and how matters will end – The return of protested drafts will open a scene to which thefailure of bankers was but The prelude. Many sufferers are obliged to keep their woundscovered carefully – The very picture of life. Labor, speculations, accumulations,botheration, we at last imagine our deposit safe, ourselves rich the last failure - awakens usfrom our madness in raving after riches, which, when acquired, we did not know, wherewe deposit them and how to apply them for our use.But to come to ourselves: Col Freemont has left for the states: his suit is to come up atWashington soon.Mr. Friedlander has appealed to the supreme court. results unknown yet.[Page Break]The late excitement has put all religious affairs into the shade all is dormant. We can get noear for lectures, and no persons for attendance: a few stereotype edition appear everySaturday. Since four weeks there was not even a disposition shown to hear a lecture: Thelast time such was shown, the Parnas invited the people to stay and the ladies to comedown. But on his going to the vestibule to invite them into the interior, he learned that theSteamer had come in, and so he came up to me and apologized “for himself and the house
 
בעדו
 
ובעד
 
ביתו
 
["
about him, and about his house,"
Job 1:10] like the priest of old in theholy of holies.There is a strange mode gaining countenance here of celebrating wedding banquets – thefeast takes place in some public locality – of course
טרפה
["non-Kosher food"] at thesoirees, and even the Ball on the dedication of the Synag to which they invited Dr Wise(this was in a Christian establishment). After the last
חופה
["wedding canopy," i.e.,
 
wedding] in the Synag, the Parnas invited “the Ladies and Gentlemen to the“Shepherds” (Mentioning even the name) You perhaps know the german Beer house oncorner of Stockton at Jackson. The house has several inscriptions whereby you may havenoticed it as Shepherds Brewery, Saloon, Yeast sold here etc. The invitation was called outin the Syn: the room was crowded the people got in spirit four Ladies fell headlong to theground in the room. In charity I will not ascribe it the mismanagement of the Parnas of theSyn, who was the manager of the affair. Jewish weddings feast in Beer houses? withoutgrace, without a blessing: how beautif are the passages Exod. 18:9-12/ Sam 9: 12-13.[“Jethro was delighted to hear about all the good things the Lord had done for Israel inrescuing them from the hand of the Egyptians. He said, “Praise be to the Lord, who rescuedyou from the hand of the Egyptians and of Pharaoh, and who rescued the people from thehand from the hand of the Egyptians. Now I know that the Lord is greater than all other gods, for he did this to those who had treated Israel arrogantly.” Then Jethro, Moses’father-in-law, brought a burnt offering and other sacrifices to God, and Aaron came with allthe elders of Israel to eat bread with Moses’ father-in-law in the presence of God.” Exodus18: 9-12][“‘He is,’ they answered. ‘He’s ahead of you. Hurry now; he has just come to our towntoday, for the people have a sacrifice at the high place. As soon as you enter the town, youwill find him before he goes up to the high place to eat. The people will not begin eatinguntil he comes, because he must bless the sacrifice; afterward, those who are invited willeat. Go up now; you should find him about this time.’” (Samuel 9: 12-13][Page Break]

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