Late in the summer of 1654, 23 Jewish refugees arrived in America. They came from Recife, Brazil, and with the perfect mix of courage, tenacity, and determination, began their lives as Americans, building a community in what was then known as New Amsterdam.
It is in honor of those intrepid men, women, and children, the first Jews in what is now our nation, that the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) has created the 1654 Society, our new annual leadership giving society.
1654 Society members agree to deepen their commitment to NMAJH by making a four-year pledge to the Museum of $1,800, $3,600, $5,400, or more, per year, a powerful statement about their commitment to the preservation and interpretation of American Jewish history.
Through the support of 1654 Society members the Museum is creating an ever-larger national presence so that more Americans will have a better understanding of the more than 360-year story of Jews in America.