Mikveh Israel Portrait Gallery
Rev. Sabato Morais

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Collection KKMI Paintings
Artist Dantzig, Meyer Michael (1876-1939)
Description Portrait of Rev. Sabato Morais (1823-1897). Hazan (Minister) of KKMI 1851-1897.
Signed and dated 1902 by Meyer Michael Dantzig (1876-1939).
Dimensions H-30 W-25 inches
Material Canvas
Object Name Painting
Provenance Born in Leghorn (Livorno), Italy in 1823. While still a child he earned a little by teaching Hebrew hymns and prayers to other children, whilst pursuing his own religious studies. He also gained honorable mention in belles-letters under Prof. Salvatore de Benedetti. In addition to Hebrew and Italian, he acquired familiarity with Aramaic, French, and Spanish. He remained at his home studying and teaching until the age of twenty-two (1845), when he went to London to appty for the vacant post of assistant Hazan of the Spanish and Portuguese congregation Beves Marks. He was unsuccessful due to his unfamiliarity with English and returned home, but in the following year he accepted an invitation to become Hebrew master of the Orphans School of the same congregation. He stayed there five years while perfecting his English. During this period he formed a close friendship with Italian patriot Joseph Mazzini.

Morais was active in religious educational and charity matters such as the Hebrew Sunday-School Society, the Hebrew Education Society and the Young Men's Hebrew Association. In addition to sermons, he contributed to Jewish literature in the form of addresses to various Jewish organizations, and of theological, polemical, literary, and critical articles for the Jewish press at home and abroad. He was one of the founders of the Jewish Theological Seminary, and is buried in our Federal Street Cemetery.
Title Rev. Sabato Morais
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