Emanuel Nunes Carvalho

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Emanuel Nunes Carvalho (1771, London - 1817, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was an American Rabbi and Lexicographer.

In 1799, Rabbi Nunes Carvalho secured employment as rabbi of the community in Bridgetown, Barbados. In 1806, he immigrated to the United States and taught Hebrew to Jewish children and Christian clergyman. In 1811, he was appointed rabbi of the Jewish community in Charleston, South Carolina, and conducted a Jewish school there. In 1814, he served as rabbi in Philadelphia's Congregation Mikveh Israel.

Rabbi Nunes Carvalho authored A Key to the Hebrew Tongue (Philadelphia,1815). His A Sermon, preached on Sunday, July 7, 1816, on Occasion of the Death of the Rev. Mr. Gershom Mendes Seixas (Philadelphia, 1816) was the first Jewish sermon printed in the United States.

1814/09/17 - Keely, St. Sebastian to Rabbi Emanuel Nunes Carvalho, Bill of Sale for a male slave named Sandy. South Carolina Archives Series No. S213003, Volume 41, page 231


  • Goldman, Yosef; Kinsberg, Ari (2006). Hebrew Printing in America 1735-1926: A History and Annotated Bibliography. Brooklyn, New York : Goldman. ISBN 978-1-59975-685-1.