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Members David and Marcia Lavipour

Members David and Marcia Lavipour

Shearith Israel’s history is a legacy for our future. Join Shearith Israel, experience all that we have to offer, and help make our future as inspiring as our past. Membership dues and other donations support Shearith Israel’s programs and services.


Join now! Complete and submit our online membership application.

Or click here for the PDF, which can be filled out and submitted with a check (see below for proper check procedure).

Membership subject to Rabbinic review.


Membership to our congregation includes (effective July 1, 2018):

· Admission to High Holidays

· Access to our beautiful sanctuary for all the joyous occasions in your life

· Support of lifecycle events and in times of need

· Dynamic opportunities for women to participate in services

· Warm, diverse, international community

· Vibrant Hebrew school and Youth programming

· Fair share dues system which ensures no one will be turned away based on financial considerations.


Membership Levels

(All fees payable by check or credit card. See below for proper check procedure.)

Full Membership

Full membership includes seating in the Main Sanctuary for Rosh HaShanah and Kippur as well as burial rights in our cemetery. Our full members also enjoy special rates for rental of our facilities, our Hebrew School, and our Toddler Program. Full membership is $2075 for individuals and $2875 for married couples.


Add-On Family Membership

Add-on Family Membership is geared towards parents who would like their dependent children to be assigned a seat in our Main Sanctuary and costs $350 per child.


Young People’s Membership

(Up to age 30)

Young People's Membership is identical to our Full Membership and is offered to individuals or married couples where the older spouse is up to age 30. Family $1000, Individual $750.


Associate Membership

Many of Congregation Shearith Israel's friends live far from New York City or are active members of other synagogues, but wish to be a part of our community as well. Associate Membership is available at $875 for individuals and $1300 for married couples and includes seating in the Parallel Service for Rosh HaShanah and Kippur. Associate Members may also take advantage of discounted rates on most programs and events.


Click here to fill out and submit our membership application.


First Year’s Dues: Since our membership year starts in July, members who join from January through June can pay 50% of the full year’s rate. Those who join from July through December are kindly asked to pay the full rate. Remember, membership dues are treated as a fully deductible donation.

We accept checks and all major credit cards. If paying by check, please make it out exactly to: "Congregation Shearith Israel." Our bank returns checks that are not made out exactly as required.

To view all the terms and benefits of membership, click here.


To learn more about membership and other opportunities to support Shearith Israel, please contact Executive Director Barbara Reiss at

Revolutionary War Torah Scrolls

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

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.