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Mordecai Sheftall
Revolutionary Jews in Georgia
Mordecai Sheftall (1735-1797) and his brother Levi (1739-1809) were leaders of Savannah's early Jewish community. In addition to their careers as merchants, the Sheftalls donated the land for Savannah's Jewish cemetery, and they helped to lead the revolutionary effort against the British in Georgia. Mordecai was the state's Commissary General during the war and one of the first to rebel against British rule in the colony. Mordecai Sheftall and his son Sheftall Sheftall were captured by the British in 1778 during the siege of Savannah. They were eventually released, but their savings were depleted.