The Jewish-American Hall of Fame (JAHF), in partnership with the Combat Antisemitism Movement, American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Jewish Heritage Alliance, and B’nai B’rith International, inducted this past weekend its 2023 honoree, the 19th-century painter, photographer, author and inventor Solomon Carvalho.
Carvalho, who lived from 1815-1897, was the official photographer on the fifth Fremont Expedition (1853-1854), and painted portraits of President Abraham Lincoln, Mormon leader Brigham Young, and Native American Chief Walkara.
His eventful life story and influential artistic legacy were highlighted at Sunday’s JAHF online induction ceremony, which was moderated by CAM Arthur Maserjian and can be viewed in full here:
“Solomon Carvalho was a truly remarkable man who dedicated his life to contributing to the American Jewish community,” Maserjian said. “Whether it was serving as a board member of the Philadelphia Hebrew Education Society, helping to found Baltimore’s Beth Israel Sephardic synagogue and Harlem’s Hand in Hand Congregation, or helping to organize the nascent Los Angeles Jewish community by helping them organize the Hebrew Benevolent Society, he was wholeheartedly committed to supporting fellow American Jews.”
“Carvalho’s devotion to strengthening American Jewish life is all the more important to commemorate as Jews face the rising tide of antisemitism today,” he added. “With Jew-hatred once again entering the mainstream, manifesting on the streets and college campuses, particularly after the October 7th Hamas attack in Israel, it is all the more important to celebrate the very best members of the American Jewish community like Solomon Carvalho.”
Founded in 1969, the JAHF is a division of the American Jewish Historical Society. Over the past half century, the JAHF has inducted more than 50 Jewish Americans from all fields of endeavor, ranging from Asser Levy, one of the first Jewish settlers in what would become New York City, to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the judicial and feminist icon.
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