visor to longshoreman. His goal was to earn enough to bring his parents and brother to America. He was extremely lonely and knew little English. He was deeply disturbed by the system of slavery because he had been mistreated by the King's army in his home country.
Listening to the peddlers who came to purchase supplies to sell along the Mississippi and watching the well-dressed merchants come to secure wares to re-stock their stores, young Adam developed an immense interest in the world of trade.
Daily life on the wharf was very hard on Adam Gimbel. Very few Jews resided in New Orleans, and the men perceived him as evil. Each move, word and action was judged, and Adam
felt a heavy burden for all Jewish people. He felt he had to be
twice as good--once for himself and once for all Jews. However,
this dilemma has given the Jewish people an added strength for
After nearly a year in New Orleans, Adam discovered a Sephardic Jew (one of Spanish or Portuguese descent), Franz Cassel, who invited him to dinner at the home of his sister and her husband, Caroline and Walter Aaron, with whom he lived. Because they needed extra money and were concerned for Adam's safety, they invited him to share their home, too. It was wonderful to share once more in the Friday evening Sabbath meal
3 because its observance is the very core of Judaism, but it also
added to his homesickness. Watching Caroline light the Sabbath candles reminded him of his mother. Along with his new found friends, he ate shellfish and for the first time steered away from