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Rev Gershom Mendez Seixas

July 24th, 2008 · 6 Comments

Spiritual Leader of Congregation Shearith Israel
d. 6 Tamuz, 1816
Rev Seixas was not an ordained Rabbi, but as the only religious official in the congregation, functioned as spiritual leader, interpreter of religious law, supervisor of kashruth, officiated at marriages and funerals and all the varied duties we now associate with an ordained rabbi.
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Directions to kever:

Congregation Shearith Israel Cemetery
(The Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue)
55 St. James Place (opposite Chatham Square)
New York, NY 10038
(The cemetery is always locked, contact Shearith Israel for the key.)

Tags: New York · Pre 1900

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Zacharyah // Nov 23, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    When the British occupited New York in Aug. 1776 Rev Gershom Mendez Seixas was the only religious that did not collaborate with them. He grabed the Sefrei Torah and ran Upstate. In gratitude George Washington asked that he be the one to give the invocation at Washington 1st Inauguration in New York City, then the Capital.

  • 2 Azi // Mar 18, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    A dramatic episode from the life of Revolutionary War patriot, Rabbi Gershom Mendes Seixas, of New York City’s Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue.

  • 3 Reb Elya // Mar 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm

  • 4 MENDLE // Sep 16, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Rav Moshe Feinstein and the talmidim in MTJ would go to this cemetery every 9 Av after kinus.
    When you leave the building on E b’way, turn left and walk about three blocks and there it is, a gated lot.

  • 5 asher // Sep 16, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Mendle: What’s the source for this info. I also heard that R”M use to visit the cemetery in Ellenvile, NY (when he stayed in Swan Lake during the summer)

  • 6 ben israel // Dec 11, 2015 at 10:18 am

    hamodia jan 12, 2011 magazine has an article about shearith israEL cemetery

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