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Thanksgiving at Shearith Israel

View of Thanksgiving Day Parade from our portico

View of Thanksgiving Day Parade from our portico

View of Thanksgiving Day Parade from our portico

View of Thanksgiving Day Parade from our portico

Congregation Shearith Israel has been conducting Thanksgiving services since President George Washington first declared this holiday in 1789. Jews participated side by side with other Americans in fighting for and establishing the United States as an independent country. At our services on Thanksgiving Day morning, we chant several chapters of Psalms—parts of the Hallel—at the conclusion of the morning prayers. We also recite the prayers for the governments of America and Israel.


SCHEDULE OF THE DAY for Thanksgiving 2021:
7:45 am 

Morning Services with our Special Thanksgiving Hallel | Main Sanctuary


8:30 am

Rabbi Soloveichik's Address | Main Sanctuary

Children's Hesed Craft Activity (during the Rabbi's Address & Pack-a-thon) | Paved Paradise Pavilion | Register your children when you sign up for the Pack-A-Thon here


9:00-11:00 am 

Parade Viewing for School-Age Children ONLY | Portico | Register here


9:00- 11:00 am 

Hunger Alleviation Pack-a-thon | Paved Paradise Pavilion | Register here


- All participants who are aged 12+ must show proof of vaccination to be admitted
- All children under 12 must be masked at all times, indoors and outdoors
- Indoors, everyone must wear a mask at all times
- If you are asked at any time by our staff to put on a mask, including while outdoors, you must do so.
Reminder: By participating in our activities, you and your family are affirming all the procedures, requirements, and undertakings included on our registration forms and are committed to following the CDC and NYS recommended practices. Specifically, if you don't wear a mask when permissible, you represent and warrant that you are fully vaccinated. We each rely on one another to keep our community healthy and safe.


Crosby Street Synagogue

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

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.