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Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Returns to Shearith Israel

The United City and the United Nations: The Allure and Sanctity of Jerusalem

Saturday, January 14


We are delighted to host Rabbi Shlomo Riskin as a featured Shabbat guest speaker.  This lecture on the topic, "The United City and the United Nations: The Allure and Sanctity of Jerusalem" is part of an important series we are holding in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.

To sponsor this important series, click here. 

Rabbi Riskin is one of the founders and the first spiritual leader of the Lincoln Square Synagogue in New York, which he led for 19 years. In 1983, at the peak of his profession, he left New York to become the rabbi of Efrat, a new Israeli city 8 miles south of Jerusalem, which he helped found and establish. Efrat is now a flourishing community of close to 12,000 people. Rabbi Riskin founded and serves as Chancellor and Rosh Yeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone Institutions, a network of over 3,000 students ranging from junior-high schools to post-graduate programs preparing the leaders for world Jewry.


Omer Board

Shearith Israel’s “Omer Board” dates back to the Mill Street Synagogue of 1730, and may indeed go back to the early years of the Congregation’s history. 

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