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Experience our traditions by and for women at Shearith Israel. Our community groups and beautiful, intimate services are a unique way to connect to and celebrate our community's legacy of strong female voices.

Girls' Book of Ruth

On the First Day of Shabuot, the girls of our synagogue, recite Megillat Ruth for the congregation in the Main Sanctuary after services.

Reading of Megillat Esther on Purim

On the morning of Purim, the women of the synagogue conduct a parallel women's Megillah reading in the Little Synagogue.

Teen Girls' Shir HaShirim

After Musaf on the Shabbat of Pesah, the teen girls of the synagogue read The Song of Songs in the Main Sanctuary for the congregation.

Women's Shabbat Services

By and for women, these services are an opportunity for women to lead prayer, read from the Torah and perform the mitzvot associated with our services. Services are held in the Little Synagogue.

Hakafot

On the evening of Simhat Torah, a parallel hakafot ceremony for women is held in the Little Synagogue, accompanied by a choir of women congregants.

Women’s History at Congregation Shearith Israel

Here are some milestones of women's involvement at Congregation Shearith Israel. 

Sisterhood

Founded in 1896, the Sisterhood has a number of communal responsibilities.

Taharat Hamishpakha

We offer professional and confidential resources for women interested in learning more Taharat Hamishpakha (Jewish Family Law). 

Revolutionary War Torah Scrolls

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

1776
First Mill Street Synagogue

The little synagogue on Mill Street was the first structure designed and built to be a synagogue in continental North America. 

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