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Selihot

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.  

Beth Olam Cemetery

Beth Olam Cemetery in Ridgewood, Queens has provided for the burials of our congregation since 1851 and will continue to do so for many years to come.

1851
Revolutionary War Torah Scrolls

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

1776