A Jewish lawyer first proposed Lincoln for the presidency, according to documents which are reproduced in “Abraham Lincoln: The Tribute of the Synagogue” addresses edited by Emanuel Hertz and published by the Bloch Publishing Company.
This man was Abraham Jonas of Quincy, Illinois, an intimate friend of Lincoln. His suggestion that Lincoln was the logical presidential candidate during the troubled days of pro-and anti-slavery, occurred during an interview in 1858 between Horace Greeley and prominent political leaders of Illinois.
New light on Lincoln’s diverse and numerous contacts with Jews of this country and his devotion to the Old Testament, is given in this book. The introduction to the book is written by Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler.
Temple Ernanu-El at Fifth avenue and Forty third street to-day is being demolished A new temple and twelvestory community house anner is being erected a few blocks further up the avenue on the former Aston site at Sixty-sixth street.
Plans for a new synagogue and school building for Temple Beth-El Utica N. Y. will be carried out immediately after the holidays. A site was recently procured for this purpose.