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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.

Benjamin N. Cardozo

Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Nathan Cardozo spoke of the need for the Congregation to maintain its historic traditions and to remain true to the customs and practices of the generations that had come before.

Chatham Square Cemetery

The oldest of our extant cemeteries is known as the Chatham Square Cemetery.  It is located in Chinatown at 55 St. James Place.  The land was originally purchased in 1682 by Joseph Bueno de Mesquita.