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S&P Communities and Traditions

Synagogue of El Transito in Toledo, Spain. It was converted to a church after the expulsion of the Jews in 1492.

Synagogue of El Transito in Toledo, Spain. It was converted to a church after the expulsion of the Jews in 1492.

We take pride in our Western Sephardic tradition and are dedicated to strengthening and celebrating our relationships with our sister S&P congregations as well as sharing our Minhag with the unaccustomed.

 

Explore this fascinating site to learn more about Spanish and Portuguese traditions and culture.

 

Our rabbis and leadership have recently visited the following sister congregations:

The Esnoga - Congregation Talmud Torah - in Amsterdam

The Istambuli Synagogue - Congregation Shaare Ratzon - in Jerusalem

Bevis Marks in London

Lauderdale Road Synagogue in London

Temple Buffault in Paris

Mikveh Israel in Philadephia

 

Revolutionary War Torah Scrolls

In 1776, several British soldiers desecrated two of Shearith Israel’s Torah scrolls.

1776
Omer Board

Shearith Israel’s “Omer Board” dates back to the Mill Street Synagogue of 1730, and may indeed go back to the early years of the Congregation’s history. 

1730