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Shearith Israel is more vibrant today than ever in its more than 360 year history.  It is a community which values tradition, kindness and inclusivity.

Announcements

Keep up-to-date with announcements concerning our members and their loved ones.

In the Press

Our rich history, dynamic programming, and exceptional clergy in the press and in conversation.

Community Groups

Shearith Israel has communal organizations through which members meet and pursue community service projects, as well as social and educational opportunities.

The Minhag

The Congregation is a foremost representative of the Western Sephardic tradition. This tradition is marked by a keen aesthetic sense, dignity and orderliness.

Life Cycle Events

Our dedicated staff is here to support congregants through times of joy and sorrow.

Women at Shearith Israel

Experience our traditions by and for women at Shearith Israel. Our active community groups and beautiful, intimate services are a unique way to connect to and celebrate our community's legacy of strong female voices.

Tours

Tours of Shearith Israel provide a unique opportunity to learn more about America’s first Jewish Congregation—Shearith Israel—and view historic ritual objects dating back to Colonial days.

Holidays

At Shearith Israel every holiday celebration is augmented with a distinctive observance, whether aesthetic, ritual, historic or liturgic.

Membership

Shearith Israel’s history is a legacy for our future. Join Shearith Israel, experience all that we have to offer, and help make our future as inspiring as our past.

Board of Trustees

We are proud to have an active and involved Board of Trustees that has guided the congregation throughout our great history. 

Staff

Our dedicated team of clergy, ritual leaders, administrative professionals and maintenance staff are here to ensure that every experience is imbued with beauty, dignity, professionalism and warmth.

Community Resources

Jewish Communtiy Resources abound as we are located in the heart of the Upper West Side, arguably the most vibrant Jewish community outside of Israel.

S&P Communities and Traditions

As you plan your summer travels, consider visiting one of our sister Spanish & Portuguese communities around the world.

Online Store

Our online store includes books pertaining to the history of our congregation as well as our distinctive prayer books of the Spanish & Portuguese tradition.

Bulletins and Program Guide

Explore our updated program guide and seasonal bulletins, which have been designed as companion pieces to our website. 

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. 

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Beth Olam Cemetery

Beth Olam Cemetery in Ridgewood, Queens has provided for the burials of our congregation since 1851 and will continue to do so for many years to come.

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