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Herringfest 2.0! or Herringfest: The Purim Edition

featuring herring from the world-famous Russ & Daughters

Wednesday, February 28

Herring—one of the most celebrated delicacies among the Dutch, and one of the most beloved fish among the Jews—is central to Shearith Israel's story.  After all, historians have noted that there is one product that allowed The Netherlands to become a shipping power: herring. No herring, then no Dutch West India Company; and if there was no Dutch West India Company, there would have been no Shearith Israel. 

 

Building on the success of our previous Herringfest!, this year we’re holding the sequel, Herringfest: The Purim Edition - with even more herring, provided by the world-renowned Russ & Daughters! - on Purim night, after megillah reading, for registered guests. Other smoked fish with delicious bagels and spreads will round out this delectable dinner, as well as new herring-related Torah tidbits by our rabbi, and herring fanatic, Rabbi Soloveichik.

 

Herringfest: The Purim Edition will take place during Adar, the joyous month associated by our sages with the constellation of "dagim," or Pisces, and is sure to be an unforgettable culinary experience of Shearith Israel's Dutch and Jewish heritage. Registration details coming soon.

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. 

1682
Hanukkiah

Synagogue tradition associates this Hanukkah lamp with the First Mill Street Synagogue of 1730.

1730