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Object name Booklet
Description Booklet, "Privileges, / Dont les Juifs Portugais / Jouissent en France / Depuis 1550," "A Paris / de l'impremerie de Stoupe. / M.DCC.LXXVII." Eleven unbound pages; coat of arms decorates front cover: crown over elaborate cartouche with three fleur-de-lis. Jacob Rodriguez Pereyra (1715-1780) used his influence with Diderot and Rousseau to obtain from King Louis XVI a confirmation of the "privileges" for French Jews first granted by Louis XIV in 1550, including the right to own consecrated cemeteries and property, and the right to religious freedom. Pereyra, a Spanish native, was a pioneer in teaching the deaf to read lips. He was also the official representative of the Paris Sephardic Community.
Collection National Museum of American Jewish History
Object ID number 1976.1.21
Date 1777
Place of Origin Paris, France
People Rodriques Pereyra, Jacob
Subjects Sephardic Jewry