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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

This Week's Prayer Schedule

September 24 - September 30

Shabbat and Holiday Handouts

Explore our weekly Shabbat handouts. 

Meals in the Succah 5778

For Shearith Israel members and their guests who wish to eat meals in the Elias Room sukkah, we offer timed seatings on yom tob.

Annual Simhat Torah Dinner and Ice Cream Extravaganza

Thursday, October 12

Join us for our annual youth ice cream extravaganza following Hakafot on Simhat Torah!

A Very Special Shabbaton in Charleston, South Carolina

Friday, November 3

Rabbi Soloveichik will lead tours of some of the earliest Jewish sites in America, learn what life was like and learn of some of...

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

Fast of Gedaliah 5778 [Observed] Sunday, September 24, 2017

  • Morning:

    Dawn (Fast Begins) 5:24am
    Sunrise 6:46am
    Shahrit 8:00am
    Minhah [with Tefillin], followed by
    Arbit & Selihot, 6:00pm
    Sunset 6:49pm
    End of Fast 7:11pm

Weekday Services Days of Penitence 5778 September 25-28, 2017

  • Morning Services [Shahrit]

    Monday - Thursday 7:15am
    Evening Services, Monday - Wednesday
    Minhah, Arbit, & Selihot 6:30pm
    Evening Services, Thursday, Sep. 28
    Minhah & Arbit 6:30pm

Preparation for & Eve of Yom Kippur 5778, The Day of Atonement, September 29, 2017

  • Preparations, Friday Morning

    Special Morning Selihot Service 6:30 am
    Shahrit Service 7:15 am
    Friday Afternoon
    Early Afternoon Minhah Service 1:30 pm
    Eve of Yom Kippur & Shabbat
    Friday Evening
    Yom Kippur/Shabbat Candle Lighting,
    before 6:23 pm
    Kal Nidre Service 6:15 pm
    Begin fasting before sunset 6:41 pm
    Sermon & Arbit Service 6:45-8:45 pm

Yom Kippur 5778 Daytime Services - Shabbat, September 30, 2017

  • Saturday, Yom Kippur Morning:

    Zemirot 8:15 am
    Shahrit 9:15 am
    Torah Services and Offerings 11:10 am
    Saturday, Yom Kippur Afternoon
    Midday Sermon 12:25 pm
    Musaf 12:45 pm
    Minhah 3:15 pm
    Perpetual Hashcabot & Offerings 5:05 pm
    Saturday Evening, End of Yom Kippur
    Sermon before Neilah 5:35 pm
    Neilah, Main Service (Upstairs) 6:00  pm
    Neilah, Parallel Service ((Downstairs) 6:10 pm
    Sunset 6:39 pm
    Shofar & Arbit 7:09 pm
    Habdalah 7:13 pm