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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

At the Synagogue

Shabbat and Holiday Handouts

Explore our weekly Shabbat handouts. 

Shabbat HaGadol Derasha

Saturday, March 24

 Hear Rabbi Soloveichik's Shabbat HaGadol Derasha: "The Last Passover in the Temple: Pesah,...

Pesah 5778

Celebrate Pesah 5778 at Shearith Israel. Learn about our special traditions, sell your Hametz, and more.

Visiting Scholar: Professor Laura Arnold Leibman

Saturday, April 21

We are delighted to welcome Professor Laura Arnold Leibman, who will deliver two historical lectures.

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 March 18-23, 2018

  • Morning Services

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

Shabbat HaGadol Services March 23-24, 2018 Consecration Anniversary of Second Mill Street Synagogue (1818)

  • Friday Eve

    Minhah & Arbit 6:30pm
    Candle Lighting 6:53pm
    Sunset 7:11pm
    Synagogue Consecration Anniversary
    Second Mill Street Synagogue (1818)
    Morning Services 8:15-11:45am
    Class 5:45pm
    Minhah & Arbit 6:45pm
    Sunset 7:12pm
    Habdalah 7:47pm
    Shabbat HaGadol, the “Sabbath of the Great [One]” is the designation used for the Sabbath just preceding Passover, which was always the occasion for a “great” sage of rank to exhort the assembled congregation concerning the upcoming Passover Festival. At Shearith Israel, this Shabbat is also observed as the anniversary of the consecration of its 2nd Mill St. Synagogue Building, which was completed and officially dedicated just in time for Passover 1818.