Rabbi Sabato Morais
Morais was born in 1823 in Italy.
At the age of twenty-two Morais became the hazzan at the Bevis
Marks congregation in London.
Only five years later, he moved to the United States to become the hazzan of Mikveh Israel in Philadelphia. He remained at Mikveh Israel for forty-seven
years, until his death in 1897.
Morais quickly became a prominent leader in the Conservative
Movement in the United States. Together with H. Pereira Mendes, Morais
helped found the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in 1886. Morais served
as the President of JTS until his death in 1897.
Sources: “Sabato Morais (1823-1897).” American
Jewish Historical Society, American
Jewish Desk Reference, (NY: Random
House, 1999) pg. 67.