Your Account: Login or Register

Commemorative Synagogue Plates

September 12, 1954

First Mill Street Synagogue of 1730, Congregation Shearith Israel

First Mill Street Synagogue of 1730, Congregation Shearith Israel

Second Mill Street Synagogue

Second Mill Street Synagogue

Crosby Street Synagogue

Crosby Street Synagogue

19th Street Synagogue

19th Street Synagogue

70th Street Synagogue

70th Street Synagogue

Synagogue Historic Seal

Synagogue Historic Seal

In celebration of Shearith Israel’s 300th anniversary in 1954, the synagogue’s Sisterhood issued commemorative plates designed by our member Esther Oppenheim. Five of the plates depict our five synagogue buildings—the Mill Street Synagogue of 1730; the Second Mill Street Synagogue of 1818; the Crosby Street Synagogue of 1834; the 19th Street Synagogue of 1860; and our current building on 70th Street and Central Park West, dedicated in 1897.  Another plate depicts the historic Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island. The Touro Synagogue, dedicated in 1763, is the oldest standing synagogue building in the United States, and is owned by Shearith Israel. The final plate depicts Shearith Israel's historic seal, adopted in 1797.

Emma Lazaraus

Emma Lazarus is best known for her famous poem, “The New Colossus,” inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty. 

1883
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