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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

November 27 - December 3

Shabbat and Holiday Handouts

Explore our weekly Shabbat handouts. 

Friday Night Lights: The Making and Meaning of Shabbat

As the nights get longer and the temperature drops, stay around for a bit after Friday evening services for an inspiring Shiur delivered...

Young Couples and Families “Shang-Chai” Shabbat Luncheon

Saturday, December 24

In honor of the Jewish tradition to eat Chinese food on the Eve of December 25th, young couples and families are invited to join...

A Shearith Israel and Jewish Center Ski and Snowboard Trip

Sunday, December 25, 7:00AM

Celebrate the first day of Hanukkah on the slopes of Hunter Mountain.

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 December 4-9, 2016

  • Morning Services 

    Sunday 8:00 am
    Monday - Friday 7:15 am
    Evening Services (Arbit only)
    *Sunday - Thursday 6:30 pm
    *Note that on Sunday evening, December 4th, in America and the rest of the Diaspora, we begin to say "Barekh Alenu," the Sephardic elongated wintertime version of the ninth blessing, the prayer for physical sustenance, of the Weekday Amidah, with its insertion asking for rain and a good crop in the Land of Israel. We substitue this elongated version for the shorter version used during the remainder of the year. This longer version of the ninth blessing with its elaborated insertions continues to be used in all Weekday Amidah or Shemoneh-Esreh prayers for the subsequent duration of Israel's winter rainy season until Passover.

Shabbat Services Dec. 9-10, 2016

  • Friday Candle Lighting 4:10 pm

    Friday Sunset 4:28 pm
    Friday Minhah & Arbit 4:15 pm
    Shabbat Morning Services 8:15 am
    Shahrit, Torah, Musaf & Sermon/Seminar 9:00-11:45 am
    Seudah Shelishit & Class 3:30 pm
    Saturday Minhah & Arbit 4:05 pm
    Saturday Sunset 4:28 pm
    Habdalah 4:55 pm