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Weekday Services July 15-20, 2018

5778 Debarim-Hazon Sunday-Friday – July 15 - July 20, 2018


Morning Services

Sunday 8:00am

Monday-Friday 7:15am


Evening Services [Minhah & Arbit]

Sunday-Thursday 6:45pm

Shabbat Hazon Services 5778 - July 20-21, 2018 (Eve of Fast of Tisha BeAb)

5778 Debarim-Hazon Friday Eve & Saturday – July 20 - July 21, 2018


Friday Eve

Minhah & Arbit 6:45pm

Candle Lighting 8:05pm

Sunset 8:23pm



Morning Services 8:30-11:45am

Minhah (only) 3:30pm

Sunset [Fast Begins] 8:22pm

End of Shabbat 9:04pm

End of Fast Arbit Service 9:20pm


Shabbat Hazon refers to the opening “vision” of the Book of Isaiah, parallel to the opening prophetic vision of the book of Jeremiah which was read during the preceding two weeks. This last of the group of these three haftarot, the one which immediately precedes the Fast of Ab, is often read by the hazzan or a scholar who is “well-versed in lamentation,” as it is at Congregation Shearith Israel. This year, the fast is postponed to Ab 10th, so the Saturday of Shabbat Hazon is the Eve of the Fast, which begins at sunset on Saturday Evening.

Tisha BeAb, Fast of [the Ninth of] Ab 5778 (This Year Observed on Ab 10th)

5778 Vaethanan-Nahamu Sat. Eve - Sunday – July 21 - July 22, 2018


Observed on Menahem Ab 10th, 5778

Eve of the Fast, Sat. Eve, July 21st

Saturday Afternoon Minhah 3:30pm

Saturday Evening Sunset (Fast Begins) 8:22pm

End of Shabbat, 9:04pm

Doors Open on Saturday Eve 9:05pm

Motzaei Shabbat & Fast Arbit 9:20pm

Service Ends: About 10:35 pm

Lecture by Rabbi Solovichik: 10:35pm


Tisha BeAb Day, Sunday, July 22nd

Morning Service, 8:00 am-12:15pm

Sunday Minhah & Arbit 7:30pm

Sunday Evening Sunset 8:22pm

End of Fast & Habdalah (wine only) 8:49pm


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. This year the 9th day of the Month of Ab falls on Shabbat, and the Fast is put off until the following day, the 10th, so that Shabbat Hazon becomes the Eve of the Fast of Ab. Saturday afternoon Minhah is held early at 3:30 pm, so that all may go home to eat their Third Meal at suppertime and begin their fast by sunset (8:22), concluding Sabbath (at 9:04 by reciting “barukh hamabdil ben kodesh lehol”) and returning to the synagogue for the Motza’e Shabbat/Fast of Ab Arbit Service, which is called for 9:20 pm. The service begins on this occasion with the hazzan reciting the blessing “bore meore haesh.” On Sunday evening, the fast is concluded with habdalah over a cup of wine, without spices and without a candle.

Chatham Square Cemetery

The oldest of our extant cemeteries is known as the Chatham Square Cemetery.  It is located in Chinatown at 55 St. James Place.  The land was originally purchased in 1682 by Joseph Bueno de Mesquita. 

Omer Board

Shearith Israel’s “Omer Board” dates back to the Mill Street Synagogue of 1730, and may indeed go back to the early years of the Congregation’s history.