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Thanksgiving at Shearith Israel

View of Thanksgiving Day Parade from our portico

View of Thanksgiving Day Parade from our portico

View of Thanksgiving Day Parade from our portico

View of Thanksgiving Day Parade from our portico

Congregation Shearith Israel has been conducting Thanksgiving services since President George Washington first declared this holiday in 1789. Jews participated side by side with other Americans in fighting for and establishing the United States as an independent country. At our services on Thanksgiving Day morning, we chant several chapters of Psalms—parts of the Hallel—at the conclusion of the morning prayers. We also recite the prayers for the governments of America and Israel. Service participants are welcome to join us on the Portico for a parade viewing with hot chocolate and pastries.  

This year, we are organizing a special hesed intiative, a Pack-a-thon in collaboration with UJA where we will pack thousands of packages of food and winter apparel for New Yorkers in need. 

The schedule for the day is as follows:

 7:45 am 
Morning Services with our Special Thanksgiving Hallel 
 
8:30 am
Rabbi Soloveichik's Address 
Children's Hesed Craft Activity (during the Rabbi's Address & Pack-a-thon) 
 
9:00-11:00 am
Hot Cocoa & Refreshments 
Parade Viewing for Youth - for security reasons, pre-registration is required here.
WE HAVE REACHED CAPACITY FOR NON-MEMBERS AND HAVE ONLY A FEW REMAINING SPOTS FOR MEMBERS; REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
 
9:30- 11:30 am 
Poverty Alleviation Pack-a-thon (registration required) 

 

Sponsor Rabbi Soloveichik’s shiur and also help us defray the costs of refreshments and hot chocolate for the kids.  Click here to sponsor.

 

Maud Nathan

Maud Nathan (1862-1946) was founder and first President of the Sisterhood of Shearith Israel, established in 1896.  

1896
Emma Lazaraus

Emma Lazarus is best known for her famous poem, “The New Colossus,” inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty. 

1883