Treasure: “Livro de Embezar las linguas Ingleza i Yudish,” a guidebook for Sephardic immigrants by Moise Gadol
Place of Publication: New York
From the Collection of: Isaac Azose
Imagine that it is the height of the First World War and you are a young Sephardic Jew weighing the options for your future. Whether due to economic motives, the desire to avoid military service or to evade increased anti-Jewish sentiment, you decide to leave your native town of Istanbul, Tekirdag, Rhodes, or Salonica, traverse the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, and voyage to America, the storied land of opportunity. In all likelihood, you know very little about America and, while you speak your native Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) language fluently and might know some Turkish or Greek and maybe even French, you do not speak a word of English. How will you find your way in such a strange, new land?