285 years ago today they bought the land... (by the Jewish calendar)
1684, a group of Spanish and Portuguese Jews who had fled the
Inquisition held a Rosh Hashanah service in New Amsterdam, thereby
founding congregation Shearith Israel ("Remnant of Israel"). On this
17th of Tevet in 1728, the congregation purchased a lot in Lower
Manhattan to erect the first synagogue in New York.