Your Account: Login or Register

Weddings

Our stunning, historic main sanctuary offers a memorable and special place for your wedding day.  All weddings held at Shearith Israel are officiated by a member of our clergy or ritual staff and conducted in accordance with our beautiful Spanish and Portuguese ritual tradition.  We only host ritual events for members of our congregation, but we welcome couples to join our congregation in advance of their wedding.

 

Weddings may be held in our Little Synagogue (maximum capacity 75) or in the Main Sanctuary (maximum capacity 750).  Prospective brides and grooms should contact the Executive Director of Shearith Israel to visit the synagogue, reserve a date, and determine whether they will be having their wedding reception in the synagogue facilities. Once these details are tentatively set, the couple should make an appointment to meet with the Rabbi. No wedding date is confirmed at Shearith Israel until the couple has met with the Rabbi and has his approval.  Shearith Israel has a distinctive custom for weddings, and couples are encouraged to discuss the wedding ceremony with the Rabbi when they meet with him.

 

Start Planning Today:

Use our online Room Rental Inquiry Form to check availability on preferred date(s);

Review our Wedding Planning Guide for ceremony details and event pricing; 

Contact our Office Manager directly at 212-873-0300 or info@shearithisrael.org to discuss your upcoming wedding

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
Revolutionary War Torah Scrolls

In 1776, several British soldiers desecrated two of Shearith Israel’s Torah scrolls.

1776