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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.

Omer Board

Shearith Israel’s “Omer Board” dates back to the Mill Street Synagogue of 1730, and may indeed go back to the early years of the Congregation’s history. 

Emma Lazaraus

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