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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. 

Tisha B'Ab Public Lecture

Saturday, July 21, 9:20PM

Following the reading of Eikha, Rabbi Soloveichik will deliver a lecture.  

Open Bet Midrash

Led by a team of talented, warm, and engaging university-level yeshiva students, the program is open to prospective learners of...

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 July 15-20, 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)

  • 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)

  • 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.