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Jacob Voorsanger, D.D.

Professor of Semitic Languages and Literature, University of California, Berkeley, Cal.; Rabbi Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco, Cal.

Contributions:
ANATHEMA – Derivation and Definition. A term used both in the sense of consecration and of condemnation. The old Greek 'Aνάθημα signifies a votive offering, something devoted to, or set aside for, the special use of the gods; in its...
CALIFORNIA – Early Communities. One of the United States of America on the Pacific coast. There exists no authenticated record of the activities of Jews in California prior to 1849. During that year, attracted by the discoveries of gold,...
GERSTLE, LEWIS – Californian pioneer; born in Ichenhausen, Bavaria, Dec. 17, 1824; died at San Francisco, Cal., Nov. 19, 1902. In 1845 he emigrated to America and proceeded to Louisville, where he began his career as a pedler. There he met Louis...
LEIDESDORFF, WILLIAM – One of the earliest settlers in California; born (at Szathmar, Hungary ?) about 1802; died at San Francisco May 18, 1848. He was the son of Mordecai Leidesdorff; his cousin Yitl (Henrietta) married Akiba Eger, and their daughter...
SAN FRANCISCO – Early Settlers. Principal city of California; chief commercial city of the Pacific coast. The name of San Francisco was given to the village of Yerba Buena by Washington Bartlett, who, through his mother, a Jewess born at...