This Day in Jewish History Jews Struggle to Settle in the New World

In 1655, a minister of the Dutch Reformed Church in New Amsterdam tried and failed to keep Jews out of the "the colony that would later become New York.

On March 18, 1655, Johannes Megapolensis, a minister of the Dutch Reformed Church living in New Amsterdam, wrote to the senior leadership of the church asking them to prevail upon the Dutch West India Company to prevent Jews – “these godless rascals” -- from settling in the colony.