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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 Handouts

Explore our weekly Shabbat handouts. 

Pesah Haggadot (Seders) - DEADLINE Wednesday, April 1 at 5pm

  Join us for Haggadot (Spanish & Portuguese Seders) on the first two nights of Passover.  Each spirited and interactive...

Yom Ha`atzmaut Lecture

Wednesday, April 22, 8:00PM

To celebrate Israel Independence day, Rabbi Soloveichik will deliver a special lecture. 

Baseball Game with Rabbi Hidary

Sunday, April 26, 8:05PM

Take me out to the ball game!  Take me out to the crowd!  Join Rabbi Hidary at the Yankees vs. Mets game at Yankee Stadium. ...

Halakhic Dinner

Tuesday, May 5, 7:00PM

Did you know that giraffes are kosher?  How about locusts? They are! Rabbi Soloveichik will entertain and enlighten with a special...

“Hidden Heritage: The Secret Jews of Portugal”

Monday, June 22, 9:00AM

Rabbi Morris, together with Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, retrace the footsteps of Portugal’s Jews on a 500-year journey of persecution,...

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, March 28-April 2, 2015

  • Morning Services [Shahrit]

    Sunday - 8:00 am
    Monday - Thursday - 7:15 am
    Evening Services [Minhah & Arbit]
    Sunday - Thursday - 6:30 pm
    Thursday Evening, April 2
    Search for Leaven at night:
    After Sunset - 7:21 pm

Passover Preparations, Thu. Evening-Fri. April 2-3

  • Thursday Evening, April 2

    Search for Leaven at night:
    After Sunset - 7:21 pm
    Friday, April 3
    Fast of the First Born Begins:
    At Dawn - 5:13 am
    Sunrise - 6:37 am
    Morning Service and Siyyum for the First Born - 7:15 am
    Stop eating Hametz by 10:52 am
    Dispose of any remaining Hametz by 11:56 am

First Day of Passover - April 3-4, 2015


    Friday, April 3rd
    Candle Lighting - 7:05 pm
    Evening Minhah & Arbit - 7:00 pm
    Sunset - 7:23 pm
    Begin the First Haggadah at home
    After 7:46 pm
    Communal Haggadah at Synagogue
    Begins 8:15 pm
    Saturday, April 4th
    Zemirot - 8:15 am
    Shahrit - 9:00 am
    Tikkun Ha Tal [Prayer for Dew] inserted in Musaf - 10:40 am
    Sermon and Service Conclusion - 11:25 - 11:50 am

Second Day of Passover - April 4-5, 2015

  • Eve of the Second Day, Sat., Apr. 4

    Evening Minhah & Arbit 7:00 pm
    Sunset 7:24 pm
    End of Shabbat & Candle Lighting
    After 8:00 pm
    Begin the Second Haggadah at Home
    After 8:00 pm
    Begin Counting 1st Day of the Omer
    After 8:00 pm
    Communal Haggadah at Synagogue
    Begins 8:15 pm
    Second Day of Passover. Sun., Apr. 5
    Zemirot 8:15 am
    Shahrit, Hallel, Sermon & Musaf 9:00 - 11:50 am
    Minhah & Arbit 7:00  pm
    Sunset 7:25 pm
    Habdalah 7:48 pm