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Thanksgiving Service and Rabbi's Lecture

Thursday, November 28, 7:45AM

In 1789, Shearith Israel responded to George Washington’s call for a day of national thanksgiving with a special service. Today, we observe Thanksgiving with the addition of Psalms during Shahrit and the omission of tahanunim. 

Following morning services, Rabbi Soloveichik will deliver a Thanksgiving-themed address while our younger children partake in a special hesed crafts activity in the Fidanque Youth Room.  After the lecture, congregants are invited to enjoy refreshments in the Elias room as the chilren prepare to watch the parade on our portico.

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. 

1682
First Mill Street Synagogue

The little synagogue on Mill Street was the first structure designed and built to be a synagogue in continental North America. 

1730