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Rabbi Soloveichik leads a tour in our Small Synagogue.

Rabbi Soloveichik leads a tour in our Small Synagogue.

Tours of Shearith Israel provide a unique opportunity to learn more about America’s first Jewish Congregation—Shearith Israel—and view ritual objects dating back to the Colonial period. We are pleased to lead you through our beautiful space with enlightening facts about our proud history and unique traditions.


Free Tours

Individuals and groups are welcome to attend a free, guided tour on the second Wednesday of every month at 11:00 am led by a member of our clergy or a trained docent. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person although any amount is appreciated. Tours generally last 45 minutes.  


Private Tours

Alternatively, we do our best to accomodate private groups for a specific time or theme of focus at a flat rate of $100 per group, with a cap of 25 participants per group. To arrange a tour for your group, please SUBMIT THIS FORM or contact our office manager at 212.873.0300 x230  at least three weeks prior to your planned visit. It is also possible to arrange group visits to Shearith Israel to attend Shabbat morning services, as well as weekday services. Please note that tours do not take place on major religious or federal holidays.




We have wheelchair stair climber to enable those in wheelchairs to access our sanctuary and historic spaces. To take advantage of this service, please contact our office manager prior to your tour at 212-873-0300 x230 or to arrange for assistance.


Public Transit

The synagogue is located on the corner of 70th Street and Central Park West. You can enter at 2 West 70th Street. We are accessible by the B, C trains at the 72nd Street stop as well as the 1, 2, 3 trains at the 72nd Street stop.



Visitors should avoid bringing large bags or packages into the building and be prepared for a security check upon arrival.


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When entering the Sanctuary, it is customary for men to wear kippot (head covering). Kippot are available upon arrival.

Revolutionary War Torah Scrolls

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


Synagogue tradition associates this Hanukkah lamp with the First Mill Street Synagogue of 1730.