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Book of Ruth

Marc Chagall (1960)

Marc Chagall (1960)

Listen to Shearith Israel's unique melody for Book of Ruth sung by Hazzan Rabbi Ira Rohde.

 

The Book of Ruth is traditionally read on Shabuot, since it deals with both the Israeli wheat harvest at this time of year, which the festival marks, as well as acceptance of the Torah, in this case by Ruth as a faithful convert. The younger girls of the congregation who take part are pre-assigned a few verses each, which they carefully rehearse, learning to chant them according to the congregation’s unique traditional cantillation system for the Book of Ruth.

Gershom Mendes Seixas

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

1768
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. 

1730