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Seventieth Street Synagogue

May 1897

Seventieth Street Synagogue Exterior

Seventieth Street Synagogue Exterior

Seventieth Street Synagogue Interior

Seventieth Street Synagogue Interior

As New York City continued to grow and the population moved northward, Shearith Israel built it's current building on 70th Street and Central Park West. The plot had previously housed a duck farm.  


The architect of this building was Arnold Brunner, an American-born Jewish architect with a distinguished career. In designing Shearith Israel, Brunner drew on the congregation's historic allegience to the neo-classical style evident in its previous buildings.  Nineteenth century Reform congregations had been building synagogues of the Moorish, Romanesque and Gothic design.  In contrast, Shearith Israel clung to traditional neo-classical architecture, a refecltion and reaffirmation of its commitment to tradition. 


The building was designed with great taste by Louis Comfort Tiffany, who not only created the extraordinary glass windows but also planned the interior design and color scheme.  


In 1902, the congregation built a parsonage house adjoining the synagogue building on Central Park West.  Dr. Mendes and family lived in this house, as did the families of his next two succesors, Dr. Pool and Dr. Gerstein.  

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. 

Hebrew School History

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