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Sunday
Nov 16

Winter Coat Drive

A Shearith Israel League Initiative

Sunday, November 16, 8:00AM – Monday, December 8, 5:00PM

Donate gently used coats for men, women, and children, to keep those in need warm this winter season.

Wednesday
Nov 26

Parashat Hashabua

Esther Hidary

Wednesday, November 26, 10:00AM

Every Wednesday at 10 am. This class explores the weekly parasha through an examination of its literary elements and themes. Led by Esther Hidary.

Thursday
Nov 27

Thanksgiving

From Maimonides to the Mayflower: How the Rambam invented Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27, 7:45AM

As America's first Jewish congregation, Thanksgiving is a major day on the Shearith Israel calendar. Rabbi Soloveichik will deliver an address following morning services, entitled From Maimonides to the Mayflower: How the Rambam invented Thanksgiving.

Saturday
Nov 29

Learners’ Service

in the Small Synagogue

Saturday, November 29, 9:45AM – 10:45AM

'Eat, Pray, Learn' in an inviting atmosphere geared toward those new to full Shabbat services. 

Saturday
Nov 29

Jewish Philosophy: The Parts They Skip in High School

A Class for High School Students with Rabbi Hidary

Saturday, November 29, 5:30PM

High school students are welcome to join Rabbi Hidary for this weekly Shabbat afternoon class one hour before Minhah.

Sunday
Nov 30

Saadia Gaon’s Emunot ve’Deot on Revelation and Commandments

Sjimon den Hollander

Sunday, November 30, 9:30AM

Every Sunday at 9:30 am beginning October 19. The Book of Beliefs and Opinions (completed 933 CE) was the first systematic presentation and philosophic foundation of the dogmas of Judaism.

Sunday
Nov 30

Annual League Dinner Party

Sunday, November 30, 6:30PM

Enjoy dinner, dancing, and live music with lovely company at the League's Annual Dinner.

Monday
Dec 1

A Special Lecture from Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo

How Did God Really Speak at Sinai? Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Rimanov, Prophecy, the Alef of the Ten Commandments and Bible Criticism

Monday, December 1, 7:00PM

How Did God Really Speak at Sinai? Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Rimanov, Prophecy, the Alef of the Ten Commandments  and Bible Criticism.

Monday
Dec 1

YL Monday Night Learning

In partnership with the Jewish International Connection of NY (JICNY)

Monday, December 1, 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Every Monday at 7 pm. Start the work week off with a drink, a bite to eat, new friends, and stimulating Jewish thought with fellow young professionals.

Monday
Dec 1

Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed on Prophecy

Taught by Rabbi Richard Hidary

Monday, December 1, 7:00PM

On October 27, guest speaker Professor Yair Lorberbaum will teach the class on the philosophical parable in the Guide of the Perplexed.

Monday
Dec 1

Living Jewish

Rabbi Shalom Morris

Monday, December 1, 7:30PM – 8:15PM

Every Monday at 7:30 pm beginning October 27. Transform Jewish thought into Jewish action. This course is ideal for those seeking a greater understanding of Judaism, wishing to increase their religious observance or actively pursuing conversion. 

Monday
Dec 1

Bet Midrash

Monday, December 1, 8:00PM

The Bet Midrash program features high-level textual learning in small groups that encourages active participation.

Monday
Dec 1

Rambam Rules for Young Professionals

Rabbi Shalom Morris

Monday, December 1, 8:30PM – 9:00PM

Mondays at 8:30 pm beginning September 15. Learn about the most influential teachings of Maimondes’ monumental Mishneh Torah.

Tuesday
Dec 2

Shulhan Arukh

Rabbi Richard Hidary

Tuesday, December 2, 7:40AM

Every Tuesday at 7:40 am beginning September 2. Join us Minyan, breakfast, and a short class. Each week we will learn a selection of Halakhot from Rabbi Yosef Karo’s 16th century Shulhan Arukh.

Tuesday
Dec 2

Jewish Time: The Festivals in Halakha and Jewish Thought

A Class for Women with Rabbi Soloveichik

Tuesday, December 2, 9:00AM

Tuesdays at 9 am in the Elias Room beginning October 21. Drawing on Halakhic, literary, and philosophical texts, we will attempt to examine anew the holidays.

Tuesday
Dec 2

Talmud Class: Tractate Berakhot and the Philosophy of Jewish Prayer

Rabbi Meir Soloveichik

Tuesday, December 2, 8:00PM

Tuesdays at 8 pm, This Shiur elucidates the unique nature and history of Jewish prayers, the extraordinary depth of its liturgy, and the reasons why prayer lies at the heart of Jewish devotional life.

Wednesday
Dec 3

Parashat Hashabua

Esther Hidary

Wednesday, December 3, 10:00AM

Every Wednesday at 10 am. This class explores the weekly parasha through an examination of its literary elements and themes. Led by Esther Hidary.

Thursday
Dec 4

Tai Chi

Taught by Lewis Paleias

Thursday, December 4, 11:00AM

This age-old practice helps balance, strength, circulation, and mindfulness. Our teacher Lewis Paleias offers individual attention and adapts the class based on the group. Walk-ins welcome.

Thursday
Dec 4

History of the Sephardim, the Spanish and Portuguese Jews

Rabbi Shalom Morris

Thursday, December 4, 6:45PM

Thursdays at 6:45 - 7:30 pm (following evening services) beginning October 30. The course studies Sephardic Jewry (10th - 18th Century) from their Golden Age under Islam to life under Christian rule and their ultimate expulsion and spread throughout the Mediterranean and Atlantic Basin.

Saturday
Dec 6

Learners’ Service

in the Small Synagogue

Saturday, December 6, 9:45AM – 10:45AM

'Eat, Pray, Learn' in an inviting atmosphere geared toward those new to full Shabbat services. 

Hanukkiah

Synagogue tradition associates this Hanukkah lamp with the First Mill Street Synagogue of 1730.

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Gershom Mendes Seixas

Gershom Mendes Seixas (1745-1816) was the first American-born spiritual leader of Shearith Israel.

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