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It would be impossible to use ‘Jews’ and ‘New York’ in one breath without coming to the obvious common denominator– food! Like the Sephardim, the congregation was forced to migrate around New York, before finally settling in its present day West 70th Street location.
It’s also the official birthplace of the Orthodox Union (and the infamous OU logo).
There are also a range of other activities, known as ‘Tenement Talks’: free readings, discussions, performances, and screenings about New York’s history, population, and culture.
Known formally as ‘The First Hungarian Congregation Ohab Zedek’, the synagogue has, like most of its congregants, schlepped to various places across the city: established on the Lower East Side, before moving to Norfolk Street, then Harlem, it has settled (and stayed put) at its current location (118 West 95th Street).
For a modern memorial, time your visit with ‘Chalk’, an annual project by local New York filmmaker Ruth Sergel, where local artists walk across the city, chalking the names and ages of the victims onto their former homes.
Much like his pickles, Guss’ backstory makes for a vibrant, and enticing read.
Emma Lazarus, a famous American-Jewish poet, wrote her 1883 sonnet ‘The New Colossus’, to celebrate America as the land of freedom and destination for the ‘huddled masses yearning to be free’– amongst them, her fellow Jews.
Three hidden away Jewish cemeteries, one tucked behind a block of condos in the middle of Manhattan; the other two further downtown, are the legacy of North America’s oldest Jewish congregation, Shearith Israel (also featured on our list).
The first, in Chinatown, is the oldest Jewish cemetery in North America and hosts the final resting places of 22 American Revolution veterans and the first American-born rabbi.
As its name suggests, the HFBA bury Jewish New Yorkers for free; it’s the largest free burial society outside of Israel.
The organization is cross denominational, working to ensure that recently deceased Jews of all persuasions are given a full Jewish burial, in line with Jewish law.
Harking back to other areas of Jewish history (and an entry of our blog!