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Hanukkah Fest!

For Youth | Free and open to all

Sunday, December 9, 10:30AM


While many Jews celebrate Hanukkah by eating potato pancakes, deep fried in oil in remembrance of the miracle of the oil, here at Shearith Israel we honor the tradition of Amsterdam by eating vaffele (waffles) because God made a “miracle and wonder” (Hebrew: “nes va-fe'le”) during these days. And after all, everyone loves a good waffle!


Please join CSI youth and PTTS for fun and educational Hanukkah festivities led by Nat Bernstein, our Youth Groups Leader and Programming Coordinator and Yona Glass, PTTS Hebrew School Principal, and Rabbi Ira Rohde. Kids will enjoy art projects, songs, homemade waffles, and more!

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. 

Twenty First Street Cemetery

In August of 1829, Shearith Israel’s third cemetery was consecrated.  It was located on Twenty First Street just west of Sixth Avenue