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The First Jewish Americans

By Joanne Palmer for the Jewish Standard

Published on Dec 1, 2016

Read this article which reviews the New-York Historical Society's new exhibit, The First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in the New World which includes objects on loan by our congregation, prominently features our important place in American Jewish history. Also, one of the show’s highlights is the memoir by Luis de Carvajal the Younger, a Spanish converso who fled to Mexico, that only recently surfaced and was purchased by our member, Leonard Milberg, who loaned it to the museum along with many other objects from his important American Jewish collection.

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
Nineteenth Street Synagogue

The congregation's fourth synagogue was built on nineteenth Street, just west of Fifth Avenue.  

1860