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Hebrew School History


On the 21st of Nisan, the 7th day of Pesah (1731), our Congregation consecrated our first Yeshibat, named Minhat Areb, which was used as a Beth HaMidras for the young members of our community. 


In 1802, Meir Polonies donated $900 to fund what has been since known as the The Polonies Talmud Torah School or PTTS.  Over two hundred years later, the school still carries his name, a dedication to the continuity of the educational mission of Shearith Israel.  

Emma Lazaraus

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

Gershom Mendes Seixas

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