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From Recife to New York: A Shabbat Dinner With Today’s Conversos of Brazil

Led by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik

Friday, December 14

 Registration Deadline: Monday, December 10


Former Member of Knesset, Rabbi Haim Amsalem, has been working for years with the descendants of Brazil’s Conversos, “Zera Yisrael”, helping them to reconnect with their Jewish roots. He, along with a group of these individuals who will be traveling from Recife, Brazil (365 years after our original 23 founders!) will be spending shabbat with us. Learn about their Jewish journey over an elegant Friday night dinner (and come back to mingle with them over kiddush on Saturday).

Introductory remarks will be given by our member, Sam Katz.


Early Bird (until 11/19)

Member Adult: $68

Non-Member Adult: $72

Child (under 12): $32


Regular (until 12/10)

Member Adult: $72

Non-Member Adult: $75

Child (under 12): $35


For registration and sponsorship opportunities, click here.


This program, which showcases the unique history of our congregation and its connections to current events, is one of our many Year of Years, 365th Anniversary celebration events.


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. 

Gershom Mendes Seixas

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