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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

December 10 - December 16

Shabbat and Holiday Handouts

Explore our weekly Shabbat handouts. 

The Most Misunderstood Holiday: A Series on the True Meaning of Hanukkah

Come join us for a special series of three classes by Rabbi Soloveichik on this fascinating topic. 

A Shearith Israel and Jewish Center Ski and Snowboard Trip

Monday, December 25, 7:00AM

Celebrate Hanukkah with Shearith Israel and The Jewish Center & some skiing and snowboarding.

Upper West Side Blood Drive (The Esther Goldfarb Memorial Blood Drive)

Sunday, January 7, 10:00AM

Kick off the new year by giving the gift of life - be a blood donor. 

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 10-12, 2017

  • Morning Services [Shahrit]

    Sunday 8:00 am
    Monday-Tuesday 7:15 am
    Evening Services [Arbit only]
    Sunday & Monday 6:30 pm

Hanukkah Eve of 1st Day & 1st Day Morning

  • Lighting of One Hanukkah Candle

    Tuesday Evening (at home)
    After Sunset - 4:29 pm
    Eve of First Day of Hanukkah
    Synagogue Service Tuesday Evening
    [Arbit only] - 6:30 pm
    Wednesday First Day Morning Service
    [Shahrit] - 7:15 am
    Hanukkah commemorates the Jewish re-consecration of the Second Temple by the Hasmonean Maccabees after its desecration, along with the forced imposition of Hellenistic practices and suppression of native Jewish ones, under the Seleucid Greek King Antiochus Epiphanes. On the eve of each of the days, an ascending number of candles are lit, in commemoration of the miracle of the single ritually-pure cruse of oil which sufficed to light the Temple’s candelabrum for eight days.

Hanukkah Eve of 2nd Day & 2nd Day Morning

  • Lighting of Two Hanukkah Candles

    Wednesday Evening (at home)
    After Sunset - 4:29 pm
    Eve of Second Day of Hanukkah
    Synagogue Service Wednesday Evening
    [Arbit only] - 6:30 pm
    Thursday Second Day Morning Service
    [Shahrit] - 7:15 am

Hanukkah Eve of 3rd Day & 3rd Day Morning

  • Lighting of Three Hanukkah Candles

    Thursday Evening (at home)
    After Sunset - 4:29 pm
    Eve of Third Day of Hanukkah
    Synagogue Service Thursday Evening
    [Arbit only] - 6:30 pm
    Friday Third Day Morning Service
    [Shahrit] - 7:15 am

4th Day of Hanukkah & Shabbat Hanukkah

  • Friday Evening

    Friday Evening Lighting of Four Hanukkah Candles & Eve of Shabbat Candles
    at or before 4:11 pm
    Friday Evening Sunset 4:29 pm
    Friday Evening Services
    [Minhah & Arbit] 4:00 pm
    Morning Services 8:15 - 11:45 am
    Seudah Shelishit & Class 3:30 pm
    Minhah & Arbit, 4:05 pm
    [Shabbat Hanukkah Minhah &
    Motzae Shabbat & Hanukkah Arbit]
    Sunset 4:30 pm
    Saturday Evening Habdalah & Lighting of
    Five Hanukkah Candles after 4:56 pm

Hanukkah Eve of 5th Day & 5th Day Morning

  • Eve of the Fifth Day of Hanukkah

    Saturday Evening
    Shabbat Minhah with Motzae
    Shabbat & Hanukkah Arbit 4:05 pm
    Habdalah & Lighting of Five
    Hanukkah Candles, after 4:56 pm
    Fifth Day of Hanukkah Shahrit Service
    Sunday Morning 8:00 am