Our History
Our History

Shaaray Tefila Through The Years

1845

Congregation Shaaray Tefila is founded as an Orthodox synagogue by primarily English and Dutch Jewish families who had been members of B’nai Jeshurun. The community finds a temporary home on the 2nd floor of a building on Franklin Street. Samuel Isaacs, one of the only two English-speaking Rabbis in the United States and a firm adherent of Orthodox Judaism, serves as the first Rabbi of the congregation until 1877.