2013 George Washington
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These excerpts begin with Rabbi Albert Gabbai of Congregation Mikvah Israel in Philadelphia reading the letter of greeting that Moses Seixas, warden (president) of the congregation wrote to President George Washington during his visit to Newport on August 17, 1790. Bernard Gewirz of Washington, D.C. and Newport follows and reads George Washington's famous reply "To the Hebrew Congregation in Newport." United States Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan gives the keynote address.