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Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah services are characterized by solemn and deeply moving liturgical poetry, the reading of Torah portion relating to the binding of Isaac ('Akedat Yizhak), and the sounding of the Shofar.  The evening service opens with Ahot Ketana  ("Little Sister") by Abraham Hazan Gerondi.  This beautiful poem is about saying farewell to last year's troubles and welcoming the blessings of a new year. 
Just before blowing the shofar we chant the 'et shaaay ratson ("Open Now the Gates of Mercy") by Judah ibn Abbas.  This emotional poem is a masterful midrashic retelling of the binding of Isaac on the Altar ("Akedat Yizhak"). 
Musically, these poems are some of the most well known of the Spanish & Portuguese liturgy.  Their melodies are quite ancient possibly dating back to pre-expulsion Spain.

West 11th Street Cemetery

The West Eleventh Street cemetery, the second historic cemetery of Congregation Shearith Israel, was consecrated on February 27, 1805.  


Synagogue tradition associates this Hanukkah lamp with the First Mill Street Synagogue of 1730.