Rabbi Hyam Zvee Sneersohn
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Rabbi Sneersohn was born in Russia and migrated to Jerusalem in 1840.
In 1869, Rabbi Sneersohn arrived in New York on a lecture tour.
His tour took him to Washington where he was introduced to Ulysses S. Grant, shortly after his Presidential Inauguration.
During the next 18 months he toured the United States giving lectures.
In San Francisco he lectured at Congregation EmanuEl
Rabbi Sneerson, a great grandson of Shneor Zalman, the founder of Chabad Chasidism, arrived in Los Angeles in late July, 1870.
He stayed at the Bella Union Hotel.
This Jewish traveler, a great-grandson of Shneor Zalman, the founder of the Chabad movement of Hasidism, remained in Los Angeles just long enough to be counted in the 1870 United States Census. [page 94]
“This distinguished scholar and traveler . . . was received with the courtesy and attention due to his position, as has been the case whenever he has traveled throughout the United States.” -The Los Angeles Star
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More information can be found in the following issues of Western States Jewish History:
- Jews in the 1870 Census of Los Angeles, by Norton B. Stern, Western States Jewish History: 38/3/4.
- A Pre-Israel Diplomat on an American Mission, 1869-1870; by Norton Stern & William Kramer, 8/3
* Photo of the Bella Union Hotel thanks to the Water & Power Associates
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