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Honoring America’s First Synagogue

by Colin Mixson of Downtown Express

Published on Apr 16, 2018

Read about Lower Manhattan Historical Association’s effort to rename the site of Shearith Israel’s first synagogue building on today’s South William Street, Mill Street Synagogue/Gershom Mendes Seixas Way.

Nineteenth Street Synagogue

The congregation's fourth synagogue was built on nineteenth Street, just west of Fifth Avenue.  

1860
Emma Lazaraus

Emma Lazarus is best known for her famous poem, “The New Colossus,” inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty. 

1883