This Day in Jewish History The First Synagogue in the U.S. Is Consecrated in New York City

Shearith Israel was founded in lower Manhattan more than a century before American independence, and it still exists today.

On April 8, 1730, Congregation Shearith Israel, in New York, America’s first synagogue, consecrated its home, the first structure custom-built for a Jewish house of worship in the country. The small building, on Mill Street – what is today South William Street, in the Wall Street area of Lower Manhattan – was dedicated on the seventh day of Passover.