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Shearith Israel is a thriving historic community.  More vibrant today than in its entire past, its traditions and history are always present.  Join Shearith Israel and help make its future even more memorable than its past.

Shearith Israel Today

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Shearith Israel is more vibrant today than any other time in its more than 350 year history.  It is a community which values tradition, kindness and inclusivity.

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Gershom Mendes Seixas

Gershom Mendes Seixas (1745-1816) was the first American-born spiritual leader of Shearith Israel.

The 'Pineapple' Rimonim

These bells adorned a Torah scroll at the consecration ceremony of the First Mill Street Synagogue in 1730.

Hanukkiah

Synagogue tradition associates this Hanukkah lamp with the First Mill Street Synagogue of 1730.

Eleventh Street Cemetery

Although several locations were initially considered for the Congregation’s second cemetery, the land ultimately selected was located on Milligan Street in the heart of what we know as Greenwich Village on West 11th Street.

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Hebrew School History

In 1802, Meir Polonies donated $900 to fund our Hebrew School

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