Merchant and community leader Naphtali [Nathan] Basevi was born in Verona in 1738 into a Sephardi Jewish family. He moved to London in 1762 where he established himself as a merchant. In 1767 he married Rebecca [Ribca] Rieti whose Jewish parents had moved from Italy to London in the 1740s. Basevi served as an official of the Bevis Marks synagogue and, in 1801, as President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews. His daughter Maria Basevi married Isaac D’Israeli in 1802. The couple settled at Bedford Row, Holborn. Their son, the future Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli was born in 1804. Naphtali Basevi died in 1808.