Abraham Nordheimer

1842-1844
Abraham Nordheimer. Source: The Jews of Kingston, A Microcosm of Canadian Jewry?; Marion E. Meyer; 1983; The Limestone Press.Pinterest
Abraham Nordheimer. Source: The Jews of Kingston, A Microcosm of Canadian Jewry?; Marion E. Meyer; 1983; The Limestone Press.

Abraham Nordheimer was the first Jewish  inhabitant of Kingston.  He moved here in 1842 and placed an advertisement in the Kingston Chronicle and Gazette offering "...lessons on the Piano Forte, Violin and in Singing".  A native of Germany, Abraham first landed in the United States before moving to Kingston.  His arrival coincided with the tenure of Governor General Sir Charles Bagot, and the Dictionary of Canadian Biography mentions that "it has been related" that he provided private music lessons to Bagot's children.  In 1844 Nordheimer moved to Toronto where he commenced a thriving business in the sale of sheet music and pianos.