Djudaizmo i Yiddishkeit: Early Jewish History in Louisiana

The 1685 French Code Noir is most often remembered as a brutal assertion of territorial rights, played out in part with horrifying inhumanity towards people of African descent living under French colonial rule. This route considers another group who was affected by the provisions of the Code Noir: Jews, whose only mention was in the first article of the Code, summarily expelling them from French territory.  Passing by various sites from the colonial and post-colonial years in New Orleans, when Louisiana Territory changed hands between the French, the Spanish, and the United States, this ride also moves though sites that were important in the early- and mid-twentieth century history of Jewish life in New Orleans.

Click here to see suggested turn-by-turn directions and stop info for this 10 mile route.

Turn by turn directions can be found here:

Stop 1: Isaac Monsanto’s house on the 200 block of Chartres Street

Stop 2: Congregation Shangarai Chasset/Shaarei Chesed (Gates of Mercy)

Stop 3: Congregation Nefutzoth Yehudah (Dispersed of Judah)

Stop 4: Karnofsky Tailor Shop

Stop 5: O.C. Haley/Dryades Street Commercial District

Stop 6: Congregation Shaarei Tefiloh (Gates of Prayer)

Stop 7: Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

Stop 8: Temple Sinai

Stop 9: Butterfly Riverview Park (the Fly)

While you are riding, bring masks and hand sanitizer, respect physical distancing, and make sure that you have an emergency contact who knows where you are and can pick you up if needed. We also have some more in-depth tips for safe biking in the pandemic, check them out! Please be aware that NOLA to Angola cannot provide logistical or emergency support to individual riders this year. Take care, and safe riding!

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