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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

Guest Scholar Rabbi J.J. Schacter

Friday, May 2, 6:45PM

Join us for a special Shabbat with one of the most respected Jewish leaders today. 

Shabbaton with S&P Sister Congregation Mikveh Israel

Friday, May 9, 4:00PM

Join Shearith Israel clergy and Rabbi Gabbai of Mikveh Israel for a Shabbaton in Philadelphia. 

Annual Spring Gala

Sunday, May 18, 5:30PM

Join us in honoring David and Rebecca Nathan as we celebrate 360 years of Jews in America on the evening of Lag L'Omer. RSVP...

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

Sixth Day of Passover, Hol HaMoed, Sunday

  • Morning Services

    8:00 am
    Shahrit, Hallel & Musaf

Seventh Day of Passover - Concluding Festival Days

  • 1730 First Mill Street Synagogue

    The Congregation's first dedicated structure was consecrated on this date
  • Eve of Seventh Day, Sunday, April 20, Candle Lighting

    7:23 pm
  • Eve of Seventh Day of Passover Services

    7:30 pm
    Minhah for Hol HaMoed & Yom Tob Arbit
  • Monday, April 21, Seventh Day Daytime, Morning Services

    8:15 am
    Birkhot HaShahar, Zemirot, Shahrit & Hallel
  • Torah Reading - Shirat HaYam

    10:00 am
    Followed by Haftara - Shirat David
  • Yom Tob Musaf

    10:45 am

Eighth Final Day of Passover - Concluding Festival Day

  • Eve of Eighth Day, Monday, April 21, Festival Evening Services

    7:30 pm
    Seventh Day Minhah & Eve of Eighth Day Arbit
  • Eve of Eighth Day Candle Lighting

    after 8:07 pm
    With Sefirat HaOmer after this time
  • Morning Services

    8:15 - 11:30 am
    Zemirot Shahrit Hallel Torah Haftarah & Musaf
  • Minhah & Arbit

    7:30 pm
    Yom Tob Minhah & Motsae Yom Tob Arbit
  • Habdalah

    8:08 pm
    With Sefirat HaOmer
  • Wait one hour before consuming Hametz for reselling

Weekday Services April 23 -25

  • Morning Service [Shahrit]

    7:15 am
    Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday
  • Evening Services [Minhah & Arbit]

    6:30 pm
    Wednesday & Thursday

Shabbat Services April 25 - 26

  • Friday Evening Candle Lighting

    7:28 pm
  • Friday Evening Sunset

    7:46 pm
  • Friday Evening Services

    6:45 pm
  • Saturday Morning Zemirot

    8:15 am
  • Saturday Morning Shahrit

    9:00 am
  • Saturday Morning Torah Service

    9:45 am
    Parashah: Kedoshim
  • Saturday Morning Returning Torah, Musaf & Conclusion of Service

    10:30 - 11:45 am
  • Saturday Afternoon Class

    6:15 pm
  • Saturday Evening Minhah/Arbit

    7:15 pm
  • Saturday Evening Sunset

    7:47 pm
  • Saturday Evening Habdalah

    8:26 pm