The Bible (1 Kings 9:15) mentions Gezer as one of four cities whose walls were built by King Solomon. Archaeologists have uncovered what they believe to be the ruins of Gezer; according to some, the evidence suggests that its walls were indeed Solomonic. But the city’s sophisticated water system is decidedly older, as Henry Curtis Pelgrift writes
New Evidence of a Canaanite Water System at Tel Gezer
At America’s Best Universities, Biblical Religion Is a Curiosity, if Not a Menace
At the time of Columbia University’s founding in 1784, notes Meir Soloviechik, the leader of the local synagogue, Gershom Mendes Seixas, was made a member of its board of regents. A Jewish student even gave a commencement address, composed by Seixas, in Hebrew. In the 20th century, Columbia attracted numerous Jews with the relaxation of quotas, and was the first secular university to create a chair in Jewish history. Barnard College, Columbia’s all-women’s school, was itself founded by a Jewish woman, and today has a large number of Orthodox Jewish students.