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The St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society was created with the mission and vision to:
Educate our community about the significance and meaning of Marranos, Conversos,Crypto-Jews, New Christians and how their existence in Spain, five centuries ago, impacts us today.
Explore and investigate the plausibility and possibility that the first Jews in what would become the United States of America, came ashore here in St. Augustine, Florida.
Educate others about the role Jews played in the founding of St. Augustine the development of the community as a whole and to represent Jewish interests in the celebration of the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine.
Educate the community about the role of Jews in the founding of St. Augustine with the objective of rewriting conventional Jewish history that currently claims that the first Jews came to what would become the U. S. A. during the first week of September, 1654 at New Amsterdam (later, New York City).
Promote greater understanding and knowledge of Jewish history in St. Augustine within a broad context.