Day 247

The first cemetery of Shearith Israel

September 2nd, 2012

As we learned when we passed by this cemetery's successor: Shearith Israel, founded in 1654, was the first Jewish congregation in the US, and the only one in New York City for 171 years, until 1825. Dating back to 1682, this graveyard is known as Shearith Israel's "first cemetery"; there is, however, a record of the Jewish community being granted "a little hook of land situate outside of this city for a burial place" in 1656, but its exact location is presently unknown. Still an active congregation today, Shearith Israel honors its Revolutionary War veterans with a ceremony here at the cemetery every year around Memorial Day.

One Comment

  1. Paul says:

    I enjoy your interest in places of faith … thank you! You’re giving many of us a glorious look at NYC and its history … good for you!!

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