|Vol. IV, No. 4
Tamuz 5606, July 1846
Addressed to Miss B. E. W.
May I respectfully ask of Mr. Leeser the republication of the following lines in The Occident,* as they are addressed to a daughter of Israel of whom indeed Israel may well be proud. This estimable young lady some time ago came from Philadelphia to Columbia on a visit to her friends; and seeing the people to whom she belonged without any regular or slated meetings for religious worship, immediately set about the formation of a Sunday School, wisely judging that the parents would soon take such an interest in those meetings as to become regular attendants. She was not disappointed; the parents became not only regular attendants, but animated by the zeal of herself and her female co-labourers, determined to do something more for the spiritual improvement of themselves and their children, by the erection of a suitable building for the use of the Hebrew Society. In this laudable undertaking they were cheerfully assisted by Christians as well as Jews, and a very handsome edifice for the above object is now completed. It is indeed a gratifying sight, to see the Israelites of Columbia and their children assemble together and offer up to the God of Jacob those hymns of adoration and praise so often sung by their fathers in the holy temple.†
Note.—Although we are not in the habit of giving insertion to pieces having a merely personal bearing, we depart in this instance from this rule; first, out of compliment to the writer, and then, because the subject thereof has been, under Providence, the means of commencing a great good, which we trust will ultimately ripen into a revival of religion on a permanent basis in Columbia.