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Shearith Israel's First Hundred Years

Tuesday, March 12, 7:00PM

Join us for a discussion with Dr. Howard B. Rock, professor emeritus of History at Florida International University and co-recipient of this year's Jewish Book of the Year, for his book Haven of Liberty: New York Jews in the New World, 1654-1865. 


Dr. Rock will discuss the origins of our congregation, the development of its religious outlook, leadership and the impact of the American Revolution and how it profoundly changed the congregation, as well as a host of other issues. Haven of Liberty is the first volume of the trilogy, City of Promises, a history of New York Jewry from its origins to the present. 


This event is free and open to the public. The book will be available for purchase.

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. 

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.