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  • Isaac "Ike" Felsenthal (1854 - 1935)
    Born Jan 30, 1854 in Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky and died Dec 14, 1935 in Louisville. His parents were Marcus Felsenthal, Bina (Biene) Lyons. He married Emma Straus. Buried in Burial: The Templ...
  • Bina (Biene) Felsenthal (1829 - 1909)
    Children: Eva Felsenthal, Belle Felsenthal, Jacob Felsenthal, Lee Felsenthal, Gabe Felsenthal, Adolf Felsenthal, Isaac Felsenthal
  • Hannah Lyons (1790 - 1872)
    1852 MOVED TO LOUISVILLE, USA, AFTER HUSBANDS DEAD (Felsenthal, p.45) -------------------- Birth: 1790 Death: 1872 Burial: The Temple Cemetery , Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, ...
  • Gabriel Lyons (1792 - 1854)
    Birth: 1792 Death: 1854 Children: Josephine Loeb Max Lyons Jettchen Lyons b. 1815 Simon Lyons 1818 – 1876 Babette Lyons 1822 – 1889 Samuel Lyons 1823 – 1897 ...
  • Isaac Raphael (1794 - 1850)
    Sources U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 Name: Isaac Raphael Gender: Male Spouse: Clarissa A. Raphael Publication Title: Louisville, Kentucky, City Directory, 1861. "Raphael, Clarissa A., wid. Isaa...

This is an umbrella project for all projects related to Jews from Kentucky.

From Carol Ely on Kentucky's Jewish history at the Kentucky FolkWeb site:

Jews were present for the very creation of Kentucky. The Virginia mercantile firm of Cohen and Isaacs hired Daniel Boone to scout out their Kentucky lands; and another merchant family, the Gratz family of Philadelphia, set up trading posts on the Ohio (including the river landing at Gratz, Kentucky) and joined the founders of Lexington.


These early Jews were Sephardic Jews, with roots in the dispersion of Jews from Spain to the rest of Europe and the New World. They followed Sephardic traditions of worship and law and were part of an educated and entrepreneurial transatlantic elite.


By the 1840s Jewish traders and peddlers appeared in greater numbers in Kentucky settlements, emigrating from political unrest, poverty, and restrictive laws in Germany. In most of Europe, Jews were not permitted to own land, so most Jewish immigrants did not expect to become farmers. Instead, small-scale retailing, either through door-to-door, town-to-town peddling, or in a small storefront, was the best opportunity open to them. When enough Jews gathered in one place, it was natural to think of formalizing their community as a congregation.

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