In 2005, research in local newspapers found references to conversations between Russian Jewish shopkeepers in downtown
In 1905 there were just 26 Jewish households in
Although the first Jewish family in the area arrived in New Castle from Palestine in 1693, the great wave of Russian Jewish immigration came in 1880-1914, when 3.2 million Russians (90 percent Jewish) arrived in the US. At the time Jews were outcasts in
When Bernard Michaelson told Korostovetz that “his family were all educated” it was the contrast to what he had known at home that made this fact so important. Michaelson also said, “A man with five cents in his pocket in this country is better off than a millionaire in
Temple Israel’s historical documents at the Portsmouth Athenaeum list these families living in Portsmouth in 1905, the year the Temple was organized: Mayer Alkon, Harry Cohen, Philip Cohen, Abram Dreller, John Dreller, Lois Gerber, Max Gilman, Max Goodman, Moses Goodman, Jacob Gouse, Julius Gouse, Abraham Halprin, Sam Katz, David Levi, Nathan Levine, Joseph Polimer, Samuel Polimer, Morris Port, Nathan Raymond, Reverend Jacob Segal, Samuel Shapiro, Meyer Siegel, Harry Sussman (whose business was the Dye House of Bernard Michaelson) Bell Sussman, Louis Slosburg. Wolf Weinstein, Samuel Yoffee, Harry Zeidman and Julius Zeidman.
The Russian diplomats also received two important delegations arguing for an end to the pogroms and other persecutions Jews were then suffering in Russia: international banker Jacob Schiff on August 19 and representatives from the Lawrence MA Jewish community on August 21. Jacob Schiff was the head of the international banking concern Kuhn, Loeb & Co. in
It may be that the encounters between the Russian delegation and the various Jewish communities who expressed their feelings about the Russian government’s treatment of Jews to Witte were in some ways as pivotal as the formal Treaty negotiations that had brought