According to author Marc Angel’s book, La America: The Sephardic Experience in the United States, Jack David Hananiah was the first Sephardic Jew in New York to become a dentist. The date on which Hananiah received a dentist’s diploma was June 8, 1917. Hananiah was not only a Sephardic Jew, but he was also a Turkish-born citizen of the Ottoman Empire. He was born in Smyrna (Izmir), an ancient city in Western Turkey. Unfortunately, later he was murdered in his office by a former patient. His brother Ely also became a dentist.