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1654 Society

Whether they live down the street or across the globe, many people are fascinated by Shearith Israel’s unique place in history as America’s first Jewish Congregation. 

 

Formed in 2004 as a separate not-for-profit organization, the 1654 Society helps ensure the maintenance of our landmark synagogue, historic cemeteries, priceless artifacts, archives and more. The 1654 Society also sponsors tours, lectures and other programming that focuses on Shearith Israel’s history. 

 

We are currently involved in two major restoration projects: the rehabilitation and beautification of our West 11th Street Cemetery and the reinforcement of our priceless Tiffany windows.  Please consider donating to the 1654 Society today as there is no better time to be a steward of America’s Jewish legacy.   To discuss a major gift, please contact Executive Director Barbara Reiss.

 To learn more, visit 1654society.org

First Mill Street Synagogue

The little synagogue on Mill Street was the first structure designed and built to be a synagogue in continental North America. 

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West 11th Street Cemetery

The West Eleventh Street cemetery, the second historic cemetery of Congregation Shearith Israel, was consecrated on February 27, 1805.  

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