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Memorial Day Event Honoring Veterans Of The Revolution And Members Of The Armed Forces

at Chatham Square Cemetery

Monday, May 28, 10:30AM

On Memorial Day please join us at the Chatham Square Cemetery in lower Manhattan to honor members of our congregation have served in the military and who participated in the Revolutionary War.  This unique ceremony includes the participation of a color guard, special presentations and memorial prayers, and the decoration of the graves of Revolutionary War veterans from our congregation.  Veterans are encouraged to attend in uniform!  This year's ceremony is dedicated to the memory of our Parnas, Dr. Dennis Freilich, Lt. Commander US Navy, whose participation always enhanced the dignity of this very special event.  The cemetery, active from 1682-1828, is located at 55 St. James Place, opposite Chatham Square.  

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Shearith Israel maintains an Honor Roll to recognize the service of our congregants in the Armed Services of the United States.  If you are a veteran please email the shamash at and let us know.  We also are proud to recognize that many of our congregants have participated in the defense of the State of Israel.  We are beginning to maintain a record of our congregants who have served in the IDF.  If you have participated in the defense of the State of Israel or have served in the IDF we want to know. Please email




Emma Lazaraus

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

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.