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

Jewish Time: The Festivals in Halakha and Jewish Thought

A class for women with Rabbi Soloveichik. Drawing on Halakhic, literary, and philosophical texts, we will attempt to examine anew the holidays we are about to celebrate: Purim, Pesah, and Shabuot.

Girls' Book of Ruth

On the First Day of Shabuot, the girls of our synagogue, recite Megillat Ruth for the congregation in the Main Sanctuary after services.

Reading of Megillat Esther on Purim

On the morning of Purim, the women of the synagogue conduct a parallel women's Megillah reading in the Little Synagogue.

Teen Girls' Shir HaShirim

After Musaf on the Shabbat of Pesah, the teen girls of the synagogue read The Song of Songs in the Main Sanctuary for the congregation.

Women's Shabbat Services

By and for women, these services are an opportunity for women to lead prayer, read from the Torah and perform the mitzvot associated with our services. Services are held in the Little Synagogue.


On the evening of Simhat Torah, a parallel hakafot ceremony for women is held in the Little Synagogue, accompanied by a choir of women congregants.

Women's Action Committee

Our Women's Action Committee is dedicated to exploring the needs of women at Shearith Israel. 


Founded in 1896, the Sisterhood has a number of communal responsibilities.

Crosby Street Synagogue

 In 1834 the congregation built a new synagogue on Crosby Street, between Broom and Spring Street.

Uriah Phillips Levy

Uriah Phillips Levy, the first Jew to be promoted to Commodore in the United States Navy.