Walking tour of Lower Manhattan, where we will learn how Jews of many backgrounds converged in New York and forged a uniquely American Judaism. The first Jewish immigrants who arrived in New Amsterdam in 1654 were part of a mercantile community that stretched across the Atlantic world. We will begin in Battery Park, where we will consider what these maritime links can tell us about freedom and slavery; religion and commerce; poetry and politics. As we make our way through Lower Manhattan, we’ll trace the Jewish experience in Colonial and post-Revolutionary New York, viewing familiar landmarks such as Castle Clinton, Bowling Green, Federal Hall, and the Stock Exchange through a Jewish lens. Along the way, our guide Lucie Levine will introduce us to a cast of characters that includes politicians, artisans, and female entrepeneurs.