Essential Pittsburgh
7:24 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

(Rebroadcast) President Taft at Rodef Shalom

President Taft visiting Rodef Shalom Temple in 1909
President Taft visiting Rodef Shalom Temple in 1909
Credit Wikimedia

In May of 1909, a Shabbat, President William Howard Taft became the first American President to speakĀ  from the Bimah of a Jewish Congregation while in office.

The Rodef Shalom Congregation, in Pittsburgh played host to the touring President. Archivist Martha Berg talked with us last year about Taft's visit to Pittsburgh and the importance of his speech.

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