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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

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Shabbat and Holiday Handouts

Explore our weekly Shabbat handouts. 

Seating and Reservations for Members and Guests

Full Members, Associate Members and Guests may purchase High Holiday seats for our  main and parallel services. 

Hebra Sponsored Cemetery Visit

Sunday, August 30

For those wishing to visit our cemetery before Rosh Hashanah during the month of Elul, The Hebra Hased Va'Amet is sponsoring a communal...

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

Tisha BeAb 5775 (Fast of the 9th of Ab, Observed)

  • Observed on Menahem Ab 10th, 5775

    Eve of the Fast, Sat. Eve, July 25th
    Saturday Afternoon Minhah, 3:30 pm
    Saturday Evening Sunset (Fast Begins), 8:19 pm
    End of Shabbat, 9:01 pm
    Doors Open for Saturday Eve Service
    9:02 pm
    Motzaei Shabbat & Eve of Fast Arbit
    Service Begins 9:15 pm
    Service Ends: About 10:30 pm
    Lecture by Rabbi Solovichik: 10:30 pm
     
    Tish`a BeAb Day, Sunday, July 26th
    Morning Service, 8:00 am-12 pm
    Sunday Minhah & Arbit, 7:30 pm
    Sunday Evening Sunset, 8:19 pm
    End of Fast & Habdalah over wine only
    8:45 pm
     
    The Fast of the Ninth of Ab, three weeks after the Fast of Tammuz, commemorates the breaching of the Temple Mount fortifications and the dates of destruction of both the First and Second Temples. The dramatic service tells of the tragedy of the destruction and sings the dirges of mourning for the Temple. Our Spanish & Portuguese service's rich musical tradition for the service on this day may go back to the time of the Spanish Expulsion, the anniversary of which is also observed on this date.

Weekday Services July 26 - 31, 2015

  • Morning Services

    Sunday 8:00 am
    Monday - Friday - 7:15 am
     
    Evening Services [Minhah & Arbit]
    Sunday [Tish'a Beab Day] 7:30 pm
    Monday - Thursday - 6:45 pm

Shabbat Nahamu Services 5775 July 31- August 1

  • Friday

    Candle Lighting - 7:56 pm
    Minhah & Arbit - 6:45 pm
    Sunset - 8:14 pm
     
    Saturday
    Morning Services - 8:30 - 11:45 am
    Seudah Shelishit & Class - 6:45 pm
    Minhah & Arbit - 7:45 pm
    Sunset - 8:13 pm
    Habdalah - 8:53 pm