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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. Service participants are welcome to join us on the Portico for a parade viewing with hot chocolate and pastries.  

 

For the 5th year in a row, we will be partnering with other local faith organizations for a special hesed initiative, a Thanksgiving Pack-A-Thon. Details coming soon. 

 

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. 

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Twenty First Street Cemetery

In August of 1829, Shearith Israel’s third cemetery was consecrated.  It was located on Twenty First Street just west of Sixth Avenue

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