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Year of Years

In honor of our momentous 365th Anniversary, our Year of Years, a full array of celebratory programs and activities have filled our calendar, along with special publications, showcasing Shearith Israel’s unique cultural diversity and history. The year will culminate with a major unmissable Year of Years Gala.

We have marked this truly historic milestone with the following programs and celebrations:

 

Passover and the American Imagination (March 2018) –  Rabbi Soloveichik led a tour de force symposium with special guest, historian, Harold Holzer and a display of priceless artifacts in celebration of Shearith Israel’s vital place in American history followed by a festive luncheon honoring members, Robert Kapito and Simon Salama-Caro.

 

Shabbat Bereshit Luncheon (October 2018) – We honored our 5779 Hatanim and their special Year of Years initiatives:

Zachary Edinger - revitalizing and catalyzing the grassroots activities of the congregation, including existing societies, committees, and newer initiatives

Marc Wiznia - Investing in our future by strengthening our young families and youth programming

 

Rabbi Soloveichik’s American History Shabbat Lectures (October-November 2018) – A major standing room only 3-part lecture series on the most significant moments in American Jewish history pertaining to Shearith Israel over the last 365 years

 

From Recife to New York: A Shabbat Dinner with Today’s Conversos of Brazil (December, 2018) –Highlighting the unique history of our congregation and its connections to current events in Brazil, Israel, and around the world

 

Remembering Baghdad—Between the Tigris and the Hudson: Celebrating Iraqi Jewish Heritage at Shearith Israel  (December 2018) – This first of several events showcasing the many nationalities that made Shearith Israel their home throughout our 365 years, up until current times, focused on Shearith Israel members who emigrated from Iraq, often under the worst of circumstances, but brought their pride and rich traditions to Shearith Israel and beyond.

 

Remembering Baghdad Film Screenings (January-February 2019) – Screenings of two films on the roots and fate of the Jewish community of Baghdad:

Letters from Baghdad

- The Last Jews of Baghdad

 

Shabbat Shira Sing-Along Luncheon (January 2019) – A luncheon with our talented musical triumvirate of Hazzan Rabbi Ira Rohde, Associate Hazzan Rev. Philip L. Sherman, and Shamash Zachary Edinger, showcasing and transmitting our unique musical traditions

 

YEAR OF YEARS PUBLICATIONS: HARD COPIES AVAILABLE AT THE SYNAGOGUE OR CLICK BELOW FOR DIGITAL VERSIONS:

Commemorative Remembering Baghdad booklet, featuring Shearith Israel’s Iraqi members’ stories in their own words

Year of Years edition of A Guide for the Perplexed: A Newcomer's Primer to Congregation Shearith Israel

Year of Years edition of Friday Night Services: A Guide to Congregation Shearith Israel’s Unique Customs

 

Stay tuned for more to come, culminating in our Year of Years Grand Gala!

Emma Lazaraus

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

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Uriah Phillips Levy

Uriah Phillips Levy, the first Jew to be promoted to Commodore in the United States Navy.

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