On an important side-note, it’s also well-known for attracting large numbers of Orthodox Jewish singles. He has perfected his knishes since opening in 1910. They’re a fried roll of dough, stuffed with various fillings – such as meat, kasha, or potato. Although we usually associate Jewish New York with typically Ashkenazi things, such as bagels and Woody Allen, it turns out that the first Jews in New York were actually Sephardim (yes, we are being serious)!They say Orthodox Jewish dating in New York is tricky, alas here’s the solution! Congregation Shearith Israel (also known as ‘The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue’) is the oldest in the US, dating back to 1654.The second, amongst Greenwich Village townhouses, still has twenty headstones standing.The third cemetery is just off 21st and 6th Avenue, with 250 graves (some still legible), and is perhaps the most picturesque and evocative of a bygone era.The HFBA is a reflection of modern 20th century history, burying mainly locals from the immigrant and current community.They’ve also buried Jewish victims of World War II, and the Spanish American War, shipping bodies back from as far away as Manila and New Guinea.While not strictly a ‘hidden’ gem, the Tenement Museum is still a fascinating insight into Jewish New Yorker lifestyles.
Both have been buried by the Hebrew Free Burial Association (HFBA).
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.
Part of the poem is inscribed and mounted onto the Statue of Liberty, dedicated in 1955 to New York City.
As if that wasn’t Jewish enough, the plaque itself is set in a stone gifted from the State of Israel to the Sisterhood of the Spanish and Portuguese synagogues (another entry on our list).