Congregation Mikveh Israel

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About Congregation Mikveh Israel

Congregation Mikveh Israel (officially Kahal Kadosh Mikveh Israel) is also known as the "Synagogue of the American Revolution." The oldest Congregation in Philadelphia, Mikveh Israel was informally established by religious-minded Jews in British America during the 1740s, and has become the second-oldest surviving Congregation in the United States. In Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia in particular, Jews found an environment of tolerance for their religious beliefs and traditions made possible by William Penn's "great experiment." By 1775 a community of 300 strong existed in a city of 35,000. Among items in the archives of Congregation Mikveh Israel are letters written by George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and a public subscription list for the 1782 building signed by Benjamin Franklin, David Rittenhouse, and other civic leaders.

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The materials from Congregation Mikveh Israel on OPenn were scanned as part of a CLIR-funded project to digitize the early records of Philadelphia’s oldest congregations. Materials were digitized at the Regional Digital Imaging Center of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.

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Archival masters are at least 300 ppi 24-bit color uncompressed TIFF images. Most images are scanned at 600 ppi. Archival images have been cropped and rotated, but have not been sharpened or color adjusted. The images use the AdobeRGB profile.

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Book Scanner: BookEye 4 V1A Professional

Overhead Scanner: Cruse CS 220 ST

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