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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

January 24 - January 30

Minyan schedule outside on the 8 W 70th St. Lot, services in our Main Sanctuary, and other times can be found here

Sign Up for Indoor and Outdoor Services

We have cautiously resumed services, with your health and safety in mind.

Sunday Matinee

Stuck in the house? Tired of Netflix? Looking for some thought-provoking films to enjoy with old friends and new? It’s...

Book Event with Esther Amini

Monday, February 22, 7:30PM

Join us for a fascinating discussion about Esther Amini's life and the process of turning it into a written work of art.

Friday Night Lights...Now on Thursdays

Thursday, January 28, 7:30PM

The Art of Torah: The Parasha and the World's Greatest Paintings

Tuesday, February 2, 7:30PM

Not your ordinary parasha class - but rather a guided weekly tour through the most iconic biblical art, as seen through...

Shabbat and Holiday Handouts

You can now access a printer-friendly version of our digital communications here.

Coronavirus Update, January 4, 2021   


The big news is that "Paved Paradise," our new covered outdoor space located nextdoor to our Synagogue building at 8 West 70th Street was inaugurated on the first night of Hanukkah, December 10 and has been used for our outdoor prayer services ever since. This attractive and expansive space is a wonderful resource for open-air, socially distant gatherings and we are grateful to the many members of our community - congregants and friends - who supported this important endeavor.


Meanwhile, we continue to carefully monitor the COVID trends in our neighborhood and beyond. Our Working Group continues to meet on a frequent basis to evaluate the latest data and guidelines. We continue to take a very cautious approach to the services we are offering both indoors and outdoors and continue to follow every precaution and safety protocol. We welcome you- subject to our safety criteria and your comfort level and meeting - to join our indoors or outdoors, daily and shabbat services --  ALL BY ADVANCE REGISTRATION AND APPROVAL. Request a spot here.




Until we are able to come back together for other in person programs and activities- and to our friends who reside far away- we remain virtually close through our wide array of virtual programs, lectures, classes, and activities, along with the many acts of hesed that are being provided by our wonderful congregants and staff.


Check our COVID-19 webpages for all virtual programming details and resources and follow our emails for updates and reminders.


Prayer Schedule

Weekday Services January 24 - 29, 2021 & Hamisha Asar BiShebat (Tu BiShebat) 5781, January 28, 2021

  • All Services Only by Confirmed Application

    and  Reservation, with Time and Location
    Subject to Change and Cancellation
    Fill-out Coronavirus Minyan Registration

    Evenings, OUTDOORS AT 8 W 70TH ST.:
    Sunday Evening, January 24
    Minha & Arbit Services 4:45pm
    Mon. - Thu. Evenings, Jan. 25 - 28
    Evening Services [Arbit only] 6:30pm
    Sun Tue Wed Fri Morns Jan 24 26 27 & 29
    Only if there is sign-up demand
    Otherwise, No Service Scheduled
    Monday Morning, January 25
    Shahrit Service 7:15am
    Wed. Eve, January 27 (OUTDOORS)
    Eve of Tu BiShebat Arbit 6:30 pm
    Thursday, January 28 (INDOORS)
    Tu BiShebat Morning Services 7:15am

Shabbat Shirah Services, January 29 - 30, 2021

  • All Services by Confirmed

    Application & Reservation Only
    Fill-out Coronavirus Minyan Registration
    Friday Evening, January 29
    Candle Lighting 4:52pm
    Evening Minha & Arbit 5:00pm
    Friday Sunset 5:10pm
    Saturday Morning, January 30*
    *Sign up and you will be assigned the
    service you will attend via email
    Morning Services:
    OUTDOORS AT 8 WEST 70TH ST: 8:45am
    Parashat Beshallah: Exodus 13:17-17:16
    Haftarah: Judges 5:1-31
    Saturday Evening, January 30th
    Saturday Minhah & Arbit 4:55pm
    Saturday Sunset 5:11pm
    Habdalah: 5:40 pm
    Shabbat Shirah takes its name from the “Song (Heb. ‘Shirah’) of the Sea,” chanted in the middle of the narrative of the crossing of the Red Sea, the text of the Parashat Beshallah Torah Reading