I was informed this morning by a son of Abraham that it was "the feast of trumpets" today, and was invited to accompany him to the synagogue. I was much surprised to learn that there was a synagogue in our city, for I have long felt great interest in, love to, and respect for the ancient nation — so interesting in their history, so wonderful in their preservation; so extraordinary in their present existence, yet until recently I have known but two Jews in Boston.
… The service was performed with more solemnity, earnestness and apparent devotion than I have seen in a far better synagogue, I was surprised that so many (there were about forty present) could read the Hebrew so fluently, and in most cases with a good degree of understanding, as appeared from their manner. Every man took a part in the service, and there was far more voice used than is often heard in the beautiful responsive service at Trinity or St. Paul's. They did seem to "lift their voices to God with one accord" and I hoped their hearts too. But alas! They have not a comfortable or decent place for the performance of that service which thousands of years ago swelled through the arches of Solomon's Temple, and the object of my communication is to ask if we cannot in some way aid them to a synagogue?
Let it not be said that they are opposed to Christianity, and therefore to aid them would be to aid opposition….
September 14, 1844
Published in the Boston Mercantile Journal, September 23, 1844