About Issachar Pollock
Federal City, as Washington himself called the District of Columbia, was created in a great political compromise in 1790. The first recorded Jewish resident of the city was Isaac Polock. He arrived in 1795. Polock, a grandson of a founder of the Newport, Rhode Island synagogue, was a small time real estate developer. He built a number of fine homes along present day Pennsylvania Ave. An early renter of one of Polock's houses and his neighbor was James Madison, a later President.
4. Rhode Island
Next in historical importance to the settlement of New York City is that of Newport, Rhode Island. Established by Roger Williams upon a basis of toleration for persons of all shades of religious belief, Rhode Island welcomed Jews, and they were among the earliest settlers. In Roger William's account of traveling to the "New World" he records that they pray all weekend observing the "christians, Turks and Jews" which indicates there were Jews in early colonial America. Though the earliest authenticated reference to Jews at Newport bears the date 1658, it is possible that some arrived as early as 1655. Fifteen Jewish families arrived in 1658, bringing with them the first degrees of masonry. They established a congregation almost immediately, and in 1684 had their rights to settle confirmed by the General Assembly.
There is record of the purchase of a burial-place at Touro Cemetery in February 1677. Between 1740 and 1760 a number of enterprising Portuguese Jewish settlers from Portugal and the West Indies arrived, and by their activity established Newport as the seat of the most extensive trade of the country. The most prominent of the settlers during this period were the Lopez, Rivera, Pollock, Hart, and Hays families.