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Part of their business consisted of the importation of slaves.
Along with Joseph Marks, Jewish merchants from Rhode Island, Jacob Rivera and Aaron Lopez, they brought in about 650 or over half the slaves that arrived in the region.
David Franks (1720–94) was another prominent Jewish resident.
1782 First Building — An increase in membership as well as financial help from those who sought refuge in Philadelphia, allowed the congregation to establish a permanent religious home. A carpenter and bricklayer were hired to build a two-story brick building, hardly distinguishable by style from those around it.
After Congregation Shearith Israel recalled the Rev.
Gershom Mendez Seixas to New York, Congregation Mickvé Israel elected the Rev. The latter had officiated as Chazzan of the Spanish and Portuguese synagogue in Montreal and had served in a like capacity in New York during the British occupation.
Isaac Miranda, the first Jew in the English colonies to hold a judicial position, owned property in the town at an early date; he arrived in Philadelphia about 1710 and at once engaged in trade with the Indians.
That there were several Jewish families in the city in 1734 as is proved by the fact that the German traveler Von Beck enumerates them among the religious sects of the town.