This Day in Jewish History 1788: Benjamin Franklin Helps Save Floundering Philly Synagogue

Gentile neighbors, including the future Pennsylvania governor Thomas McKean, were responsible for rescuing the debt-ridden Mikveh Israel before it could default.

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On April 30, 1788, the leadership of the debt-ridden Mikveh Israel synagogue in Philadelphia, made an appeal to their enlightened gentile neighbors for financial assistance. A written request for donations...