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Q & A: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Tisha B'Ab at Shearith Israel

Z. Edinger

Wednesday, July 26, 7:15PM

At Shearith Israel, we have a number of unique customs for Tisha B'Ab: The Reader's Desk and Holy Ark are draped in black, the evening and morning services are conducted from a special table-also draped in black-rather than from the Reader's Desk, the synagogue lights are dimmed, and the congregants follow services with small flashlights. The melodies of Tisha B'Ab are somber and deeply moving. Join our Shamash, Z. Edinger, on Wednesday night July 26 as he teaches about these and other S&P customs to expect on Tisha B'ab.

 

Revolutionary War Torah Scrolls

In 1776, several British soldiers desecrated two of Shearith Israel’s Torah scrolls.

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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. 

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