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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
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At the Synagogue

This Week's Prayer Schedule

September 28 - October 4

Parallel Services for Rosh Hashanah and Kippur

Our traditional Parallel Services are held in the Levy Auditorium and are geared toward congregants who are interested in more explanations...

Hatanim Luncheon

Saturday, October 18, 8:15AM

Join us in honoring our Hatanim, George Bulow and Elliot Freilich, and their families. RSVP deadline is October 12.

Shabbat Dinner with The Simpsons Writer Mike Reiss

Friday, October 24, 7:00PM

Mike Reiss joins Rabbi Soloveichik to discuss the legendary show's many Jewish connections. RSVP deadline is October 21.

A Lecture by Dr. Stefan Reif: When and How Did Early Rabbinic Prayer Develop?

Thursday, October 30, 7:30PM

Dr. Reif is the Prof. Emeritus of Medieval Jewish Studies at Cambridge and the Retired Director of the Cairo Genizah Collection/Research.

Welcome to Congregation Shearith Israel, America's first Jewish congregation, founded in1654 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

Fast of Gedaliah

  • Fast begins at dawn

    5:28 am
    6:49 am
    8:00 am
    Evening Services
    5:45 pm
    6:43 pm
    End of Fast
    7:00 pm

Weekday Services Sept. 29 - October 2

  • Morning Services

    7:15 am
    Evening Services - Minhah & Arbit
    6:15 pm

Ereb Kippur

  • Selihot & Shahrit

    6:30 am
    Early Minhah
    1:30 pm
    Candle Lighting at or before
    6:17 pm
    Kal Nidre
    6:15 pm
    Sunset (Fast Begins)
    6:35 pm

Kippur Day 5775

  • Zemirot

    8:15 am
    9:15 am
    Taking Out Torah
    11:00 am
    Torah Reading
    11:15 am
    Yehi Hasdekha, Returning Torah, Offerings
    11:45 am
    Sermon at Midday of Kippur
    12:15 pm
    12:30 pm
    3:10 pm
    Sermon at the End of Kippur Day
    5:45 pm
    Ne'ilah [Closing Service]
    6:00 pm
    Shofar, Arbit, & End of Fast
    7:06 pm