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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.

Twenty First Street Cemetery

In August of 1829, Shearith Israel’s third cemetery was consecrated.  It was located on Twenty First Street just west of Sixth Avenue

1829
Uriah Phillips Levy

Uriah Phillips Levy, the first Jew to be promoted to Commodore in the United States Navy.

1850