Shearith Israel

Shearith Israel Loses Control Of Touro

Historic Newport synagogue belongs to current worshipers, not N.Y. trustee, judge rules.

05/18/2016 - 09:21

A federal judge has granted control of the country’s oldest synagogue to the Rhode Island congregation that worships there and not the building’s Manhattan-based founding organization.

The congregants of Touro Synagogue in Newport, R.I..  Wikimedia Commons

A Revolutionary Torah

Shearith Israel scroll, with burn marks still on it, is centerpiece of New-York Historical Society’s reopening exhibit.
11/14/2011 - 19:00
Staff Writer

In August 1776, George Washington and his troops retreated to Manhattan Island. The British had just routed his rebel army in Long Island, and Washington tried desperately to hold onto what little perch of New York he could. But by November, the British expelled his army from Manhattan, which the British occupied throughout the Revolutionary war.

The Shearith Israel Torah scroll that was burned by the invading British army, in 1776.

Can I Daven Here? Searching for Spiritual Flexibility

11/11/2010 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

While spending Shabbat on Manhattan’s Upper West Side a few weeks ago in order to attend programs relating to the “Zamir at Fifty” celebration, I found myself in the unusual position (a dramatic understatement!) of having to decide where to go to Shabbat morning services. I realize that “shul hopping” is a time-honored sport of that particular neighborhood, and there are plenty of Jews who do it in my neck of the woods, too. But I rarely get to indulge that urge to try something different on a given Shabbat…

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik
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