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We prepare for the mood of the High Holidays by reciting penitential Selihot during the month of Elul.  Shearith Israel maintains an old and unusual custom of reciting a short form of Selihot and blowing the shofar following the weekday evening service.  We also recite a much longer form of Selihot early in the mornings preceding Rosh Hashanah and Kippur.  

Crosby Street Synagogue

 In 1834 the congregation built a new synagogue on Crosby Street, between Broom and Spring Street.

Revolutionary War Torah Scrolls

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