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Shabuot

In celebration of both the harvesting of the first fruits as well as the giving of the Torah at Sinai, our synagogue is transformed into a botanical sanctuary with a breathtaking array of flowers and plants. There is no more beautiful place to celebrate Shabuot than amongst colorful and fragrant blooms that fill our majestic synagogue and complement our festive pastel Torah mantels.

Our morning services are followed by a special recitation of the Book of Ruth by the pre-Bat Mitzvah girls of the congregation. In accordance with our Western Sephardic tradition, our afternoon service is preceded by the recitation of Solomon Ibn Gabirol's Azharot, which poetically lists the commandments.

 

 

Revolutionary War Torah Scrolls

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

1776
Gershom Mendes Seixas

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

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