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Saturday, April 23, 2011

April 23rd


Born this day in 1797, Penina Moise, first Jewish American published poet. And also hymns. Published in both Jewish and secular papers, at the young age of 12, Mosie found her voice early and was well known in her day. Moise was also the superintendent of the first Jewish religious school in Charleston, South Carolina. Using her poetry and music to teach and share her love of the Jewish faith. But, it must also be pointed out that Moise respected all religions. When a Christian Minister passed away, the family requested Moise to write and read a poem at his funeral service. Even today, Mosie hymns are still sung in many Jewish Sabbath Sunday Schools.