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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
Lucienne's 10th Birthday in Alexandria
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At the Synagogue

This Week's Prayer Schedule

October 19 - October 25

Mimouna's Moroccan Jewish Caravan

Wednesday, October 22, 7:30PM

Mimouna's Moroccan Jewish Caravan makes a special stop at Shearith Israel!  RSVP...

Growing Up Jewish in Alexandria: The Story of a Sephardic Family's Exodus from Egypt

Thursday, October 23, 7:00PM

Join us for member and author Lucienne Carasso’s memoir of her childhood in Egypt. Free and open to the public.

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.

Hebrew Classes

Sunday, October 26, 10:00AM

Build reading comprehension skills in one of these three Hebrew classes for adults. Enroll...

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

Weekday Services - October 19 - 23

  • Morning Services [Shahrit]

    Sunday - 8 am
    Monday - Friday - 7:15 am
    Evening Services [Minhah & Arbit]
    Sunday - Thursday - 5:45 pm

Rosh Hodesh Heshvan [Two Day Rosh Hodesh]

  • Services follow Weekday & Shabbat Schedules

Shabbat Services October 24 - 25

  • Friday:

    Candle Lighting - 5:40 pm
    Evening Services - 5:45 pm
    Sunset - 6:03 pm
    Morning Services - 8:15- 11:45 am
    Seudah Shelishit & Class - 4:35 pm
    Evening Services - 5:35 pm
    Sunset - 6:01 pm
    Habdalah - 6:32 pm