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Oldest land-based Jewish Navy chapel rededicated
The Virginian-Pilot ^ | December 13, 2009 | Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer

Posted on 12/13/2009 5:32:20 PM PST by csvset

NORFOLK


Commodore Uriah P. Levy

He left home when he was 10, running away to become a cabin boy, and eventually became the first Jewish commodore in the Navy, the highest rank available at the time.

On Sunday, the Jewish chapel at Naval Station Norfolk – the oldest land-based Jewish chapel in the Navy – was rededicated to Commodore Uriah P. Levy, 50 years to the day after it was first named after him.

Born in Philadelphia in 1792, Levy had a career that spanned pirate-chasing to authorship – he wrote “A Manual of Internal Rules and Regulations for Men-of-War.” It also included 16 months in a British prison during the War of 1812, when his ship was captured, and a successful push for abolition of flogging as punishment in the Navy.

Despite his successes, Levy was court-martialed several times over fights with fellow officers, procedures tinged with questions of anti-semitism, said Rabbi Jonathan Panitz, a former base chaplain.

The Chapel itself opened in 1942, but it was through campaigning by the Navy and the local Jewish community that it was named after Levy in 1959.

Since then, it’s been a focal point for Jewish life on base, a source of community and comradery, Panitz said. When he and his wife first moved to Norfolk, he said they hadn’t even finished unpacking when Chaplain Samuel Sobel invited them over for dinner. Sobel, the only Chaplain to have served twice at the Levy Chapel and who was instrumental in its naming, was also being honored Sunday.

The Chapel has served as a lighthouse for the Jewish Naval community, said Michael Panitz, Rabbi at Temple Israel in Norfolk and Jonathan Panitz’s brother.

“Everyone who’s done blue water time” knows what it’s like to see the lighthouse after a long period at sea, he said.

Alicia Wittmeyer, (757) 222-5216, alicia.wittmeyer@pilotonline.com [1]


TOPICS: Judaism; Worship
KEYWORDS: chapel; chaplain; godsgravesglyphs; jewish; jewishtroops; judaism; navy; norfolk; sailors; usnavy

Rabbi Jonathan Panitz addresses attendees at the rededication ceremony at the Commodore Levy Chapel, Naval Station Norfolk, on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009.
Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer | The Virginian-Pilot)

1 posted on 12/13/2009 5:32:21 PM PST by csvset
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To: csvset

Is this the same guy who bought Monticello from the Jefferson estate? Is so he is probably most responsible for preserving it.


2 posted on 12/13/2009 5:34:11 PM PST by C19fan
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That’s the man.


3 posted on 12/13/2009 5:37:39 PM PST by narses ('in an odd way this is cheering news!'.)
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To: C19fan

Yes, it is. I did not know that.


4 posted on 12/13/2009 5:39:28 PM PST by csvset
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To: csvset

I was at Monticello back in the spring and the materials an tour guide mentioned a Commodore Levy buying the estate basically inspired by Jefferson’s vision of religious tolerance.


5 posted on 12/13/2009 5:41:10 PM PST by C19fan
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6 posted on 12/13/2009 5:43:34 PM PST by hennie pennie
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To: csvset

Great story. Thanks for the post.


8 posted on 12/13/2009 6:14:36 PM PST by Bahbah (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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To: csvset

Beautiful.

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11 posted on 12/14/2009 5:47:42 AM PST by SJackson (In wine there is wisdom, In beer there is freedom, In water there is bacteria.)
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...tour guide mentioned a Commodore Levy buying the [Jefferson] estate basically inspired by Jefferson's vision of religious tolerance.

Yes, that's the same Commodore Levy for whom the Chapel in Norfolk is named. He was among the most prominent Jewish Americans of the early nineteenth century and his story appears in just about all histories of Jews in the United States.

12 posted on 12/14/2009 7:56:16 AM PST by justiceseeker93
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14 posted on 12/14/2009 1:46:36 PM PST by Kenny Bunk ("Let only Americans stand guard tonight." Gen. G. Washington)
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Ninety miles away from the Norfolk Chapel is the only Jewish military cemetary outside of Israel, in Richmond.


15 posted on 12/14/2009 4:06:51 PM PST by SJackson (In wine there is wisdom, In beer there is freedom, In water there is bacteria.)
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“Mutineers will be circumcized.”

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17 posted on 12/14/2009 6:13:35 PM PST by SunkenCiv (My Sunday Feeling is that Nothing is easy. Goes for the rest of the week too.)
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