First U.S. consul in Jerusalem - a flamboyant eccentric who embraced Judaism
In 1844, a Philadelphia Quaker named Warder Cresson disembarked at the Jaffa port, holding an American flag in one hand and a caged dove in the other. He converted to Judaism and assumed the name Michael Boaz Israel ben Avraham.
Michael Boaz Israel ben Avraham was buried in 1860 on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. He was laid to rest in an elaborate funeral of the likes normally accorded only to eminent rabbis. Two weeks from now will be the 215th anniversary of the birth of this man who was the first American consul in Jerusalem. In the history books he's mostly remembered as an eccentric Christian who came to the Holy Land with a...
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