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Congregation at Mobile.

 

It is a pleasing duty to lay before our readers the annexed circular and letter, giving an account of the formation of a regular Kahal at Mobile. They speak for themselves, and prove that there is a spirit reviving among our people, and we trust that the establishment of associations will lead to a greater degree of piety than has hitherto prevailed.—Ed Oc.

"Copy of a Circular addressed to the officers and members of the various Congregations of the United States."

The undersigned have been appointed a committee to apprise you of the formation of a Congregation and Hebrew Benevolent Society, in this city. Having already purchased a burial-ground, they are now making arrangements for the speedy erection of a place of worship, and ask at your hands such assistance as you may be pleased to extend to them in aid of that design. Whilst they deem it unnecessary to intrude upon your attention any detailed statement of their present condition, they conceive that it will be readily admitted that the infancy of all such communities requires the fostering hand of protection and support, and that they are excusable in soliciting from foreign sources assistance in rendering less onerous the task which they have undertaken.

Requesting your favourable consideration and early reply, we remain, with sentiments of great respect,

Your obedient servants,

I. I. Jones, Prest.,
D. Salomon, V. P.,
Committee.

Mobile, Adar 5604.

Mobile, Feb. 25th, 1844.

Rev. Isaac Leeser,

Dear Sir:—It had been my intention to have written you some time since; but a multiplicity of mercantile and political engagements has prevented the consummation of my designs. The recent organization of a Congregation and Hebrew Benevolent Society, in this city, renders it, however, almost imperative that I should at least communicate a few lines to you on that subject. For some years past, in common with many others, I have felt a very great solicitude in this matter, believing it our bounden duty whenever in our wayward wanderings we should chance to mingle in one spot in sufficient numbers, there to offer our worship in those ancient forms that evidence so clearly our great descent. This with the conviction of the other high duties incumbent upon us to perform, has effected our objects, and we are now successfully executing our designs. The first meeting was held at the residence of one of our members, at which place the first steps of organization were consummated by uniting ourselves together as a body. Over this meeting I had the honour to preside, and I state with cheerfulness that I have seldom seen on behalf of any undertaking more zeal evinced. Subsequent meetings have since been held for the purpose of adopting codes of government, regulations, &c., all of which have been passed with singular unanimity. We have now something over fifty contributing members, and are receiving daily accessions.

You will perceive by the annexed circular that we are asking aid towards the erection of a place of worship from the other congregations throughout the Union, and hope that the appeal may not prove fruitless. If it were not trespassing too much upon your time and space I would advocate this holy cause in this place, and should it prove necessary I hope you will allow me to do so hereafter; for the present I certainly hope better things of our "holy people" than that they could disregard claims so peculiarly pious.

With assurances of my high personal regard and esteem,

Believe me, very truly, your friend and servant,

D. Salomon.