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Hebrew School History

1731

On the 21st of Nisan, the 7th day of Pesah (1731), our Congregation consecrated our first Yeshibat, named Minhat Areb, which was used as a Beth HaMidras for the young members of our community. 

 

In 1802, Meir Polonies donated $900 to fund what has been since known as the The Polonies Talmud Torah School or PTTS.  Over two hundred years later, the school still carries his name, a dedication to the continuity of the educational mission of Shearith Israel.  

Commemorative Synagogue Plates

Plates depicting Shearith Israel's five historic synagogue buildings as well the Touro Synagogue in Newport, RI.

1954
Chatham Square Cemetery

The oldest of our extant cemeteries is known as the Chatham Square Cemetery.  It is located in Chinatown at 55 St. James Place.  The land was originally purchased in 1682 by Joseph Bueno de Mesquita. 

1682