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Thanksgiving

View of Thanksgiving Day Parade from our portico

View of Thanksgiving Day Parade from our portico

View of Thanksgiving Day Parade from our portico

View of Thanksgiving Day Parade from our portico

Congregation Shearith Israel has been conducting Thanksgiving services since President George Washington first declared this holiday in 1789. Jews participated side by side with other Americans in fighting for and establishing the United States as an independent country. At our services on Thanksgiving Day morning, we chant several chapters of Psalms—parts of the Hallel—at the conclusion of the morning prayers. We also recite the prayers for the governments of America and Israel. Service participants are welcome to join us on the Portico for a parade viewing with hot chocolate and pastries.

Emma Lazaraus

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

1883
Commemorative Synagogue Plates

Plates depicting Shearith Israel's five historic synagogue buildings as well the Touro Synagogue in Newport, RI.

1954