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An American History Shabbaton in Washington, DC and Monticello Led by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik-SOLD OUT

Learn History. Celebrate History. MAKE History.

Friday, May 5 - Sunday, May 7

This event is sold out. 
This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity features the first Kaddish in almost two centuries at Monticello's Jewish grave, followed by a memorial service for the Jewish family that saved Jefferson's home and preserved his legacy.
The nineteenth-century naval war hero Commodore Uriah Phillips Levy was a member of Shearith Israel and a grandson of some of America's most celebrated Jewish patriots.  In the 1830s  he purchased Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, and saved it from disrepair.  It was in Monticello that he buried his mother, Rachel Phillips Levy, the daughter of Jonas Phillips, one of the most fascinating men in American Jewish history.  Uriah's family ultimately bequeathed Monticello to the American people.  Over the decades that followed, multitudes visited Monticello to learn about Jefferson's legacy, but few, including visiting Jews, knew of the Jewish gravesite on the grounds, and of the story it told.  
Join us for an unmissable weekend with Rabbi Soloveichik in which we will tour Monticello and visit Rachel Levy's grave. There we will recite kaddish for the first time in almost two hundred years, followed by a memorial service for the Phillips family and for all the Jewish patriots in our country's history. 

This momentous historical event is available to a limited number of participants.  Our trip begins with a Friday afternoon tour, led by Rabbi Soloveichik, of DC's National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery, followed by a Shabbaton in Washington DC at Congregation Kesher Israel, featuring lectures by Rabbi Soloveichik. Our visit on Sunday to Monticello includes a professional tour of Jefferson's home, access to the grounds and gardens, and culminates in this special service.
NEW! Our visit will now also feature a public event: a conversation at Monticello between Rabbi Soloveichik and the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham, former Editor-in-Chief of Newsweek and author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power.  Mr. Meacham is a member of the board of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns Monticello.  This conversation has been organized by the Jefferson Foundation's leadership, reflecting its deep interest in ensuring that our visit be a major moment in the continuing story of Monticello, and of Jefferson's legacy.
In order to participate a minimum tax-deductible donation to Congregation Shearith Israel of $1,500 per person is required in addition to the modest trip cost of $325 per person which covers meals, tours, and round-trip transfers between Washington, DC and Monticello (participants are responsible for transportation to and from DC).  We have also secured a block of rooms at a discounted rate at Washington's 5-star Park Hyatt Hotel. Our limited block of rooms are available on a first-come-first-serve basis and are guaranteed until April 21st. Click here to see the full itinerary.
Space is limited. REGISTER HERE today! 


First Mill Street Synagogue

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