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NY Congregation To Appeal Ruling On Historic Touro Synagogue

06/15/2016 - 12:22

Congregation Shearith Israel in New York will appeal a federal court ruling last month stripping its control of the historic Touro Synagogue in Rhode Island.

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Legal Experts Weigh In On Pregnant Shul Worker’s Bias Suit

Longtime program director gets pink slip after disclosing she was 19 weeks pregnant when she got married.

09/30/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

The longtime program director at Congregation Shearith Israel who is suing the synagogue for allegedly firing her for having premarital sex may be facing an uphill legal battle.

In a Shearith Israel video posted on YouTube,  Alana Shultz demonstrates how to light shabbat candles. Via

N.Y. Synagogue Employee Alleges She Was Fired For Being Pregnant At Wedding

09/23/2015 - 20:00

The former program director of the oldest Jewish congregation in America said she was fired because she was pregnant at the time of her wedding.

Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue Sues Touro Over Torah Ornament Sale

01/01/2013 - 19:00

Two of the oldest Jewish congregations in the United States are battling over a pair of silver Torah ornaments, according to the Associated Press.

The Piece of New York Jewish History We Forget: 1654

With all due respect to the Eldridge Street Synagogue, whose magnificent stained glass window by Kiki Smith is all the talk of town, the shul gets too much attention.  It is one of the oldest surviving synagogues in Manhattan, dating to 1887, but its congregation is decidedly not.

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