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Yom Hashoah

We mark the solemn day of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, with the recitation of a memorial prayer at evening services. In recent years, Shearith Israel has joined with other Orthodox Jewish Congregations on the West Side of Manhattan to sponsor joint programs to commemorate this sacred occasion.

Gershom Mendes Seixas

Gershom Mendes Seixas (1745-1816) was the first American-born spiritual leader of Shearith Israel.

1768
Emma Lazaraus

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

1883