Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life

Jewish Participation in the AMERICAN REVOLUTION, New Milford Historical Society and Museum


November 2, 2023    
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

David Cohen, a member of the Coalition, along with his wife, Jane, is a Trustee of The New Milford Historical Society &
Museum. The Museum is hosting a presentation by Eric Chandler on the participation of Jews in the American
Revolution and David invites anyone who would like to attend. Those who have heard Eric Chandler’s
presentation elsewhere say that he is an informative and engaging speaker.

Come and join the Cohens for what looks to be an intriguing community event!


Jewish Participation in the American Revolution

~ Red, White and Jewish ~

Jewish Participation in the American Revolution – Red, White and Jewish will share the stories of the Children of Abraham who fought for separation from England. 

Jewish Participation in the American Revolution – Red, White and Jewish explores the role played by those Jews who took up arms and endured the hardships and hazards alongside their Christian neighbors and endangered themselves as intelligence gatherers, toiled to ensure a steady supply of food and war materiel and worked tirelessly as financiers to bring about the Noble Experiment that still endures almost two-hundred and fifty years later.

Although the Jews in Colonial America represented a small minority of the overall population, their contributions, individually and collectively, were significant beyond their meager numbers. And, the Jewish experience in the American Revolution has continued to color this vibrant community into the 21st Century.

Presenter bio:

Eric Chandler is retired from a 30+ year career as an underwriter for a leading land title insurance company. He has been involved in American Revolutionary War Living History since 1974. He has portrayed infantry, light infantry, whale-boat raider, and mounted and dismounted dragoons. He is currently serving his fourth term as a member of the Norwalk Historical Commission, sits on the Norwalk Historical Society Board of Directors as well as the Board of Directors for the recreated Sheldon’s Horse, 2nd Regiment Continental Light Dragoons for which he also serves as lieutenant and adjutant.

 His artistic endeavors included writing and recording a non-selling comedy CD, and decades as a musician playing Saxes in area Rock & Roll and Blues bands. To his credit, or shame, he had his likeness used in an issue of MAD Magazine. Eric is enjoying retirement with his wife Catherine, taking classes, giving lectures on historical topics and continuing to live history.