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Congregation Shearith Israel

The Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue America's First Jewish Congregation Bem vindo ao lar Bienvenido a casa ברוכים הבאים הביתה The Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue
Congregation Shearith Israel, Sanctuary
Photo by Wyatt Gallery
courtesy of the National Center for Jewish Film

At the Synagogue

Shabbat and Holiday Handouts

Explore our weekly Shabbat handouts. 

Yom Ha`atzmaut Lecture

Monday, May 1, 7:00PM

Rabbi Soloveichik will deliver a special lecture in honor of Israel Independence Day featuring Israeli-themed refreshments. 


Jewish Treasures of the Caribbean

Wednesday, May 3, 7:00PM

Photographer, Wyatt Gallery’s newly released book Jewish Treasures of the Caribbean: The Legacy of Judaism in the New World highlights...

Film Screening: Carvalho's Journey

Wednesday, May 17, 7:00PM

Screened in the 2016 NY Jewish Film Festival to critical acclaim, Carvalho’s Journey tells the amazing story of Solomon Nunes...

Welcome to Congregation Shearith Israel, America's first Jewish congregation, founded in 1654 by 23 Jews of Spanish and Portuguese descent.  Today, Jews of all backgrounds make up our welcoming, traditional community. Explore this site, and then visit the synagogue to experience the beauty and vitality of this Jewish and American treasure.

Prayer Schedule

Weekday Services April 30-May 5, 2017

  • Morning Services [Shahrit]

    Sunday 8:00 am
    Monday - Friday 7:15 am
    Evening Services [Minhah & Arbit]
    Sunday - Thursday 6:30 pm

Yom Ha'Atzma'ut - Israeli Independence Day [Observed]

  • Monday Evening thru Tuesday Afternoon

    Regular Weekday Service Times
    Community Observance Monday Evening
    Recitation of Hallel Tuesday Morning

Shabbat Services May 5 - 6, 2017

  • Friday Eve

    Candles (18 min. before sunset) 7:39pm
    Services [Minhah & Arbit] 6:45pm
    Morning Services 8:15-11:45am
    Torah Reading: Ahare Mot-Kedoshim
    Seuda Shelishit & Class 6:35pm
    Minhah & Arbit 7:35pm
    Sunset 7:58pm
    Habdalah 8:38 pm