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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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This Week's Prayer Schedule

May 24 - May 30

 Regular midweek and shabbat services are canceled

Shabbat and Holiday Handouts

Explore our weekly Shabbat handouts. 

Spring 2020 Fundraiser | Biblical Tours of the World’s Greatest Sites: A Journey Through Jewish History

Over the course of ten evenings leading up to Shabuot, Rabbi Soloveichik will, sequentially and thematically, take us through...

Communal Siyyum HaTorah

Wednesday, May 27, 5:00PM

Shabbat In A Box

All orders are due the Wednesday prior to the Shabbat for which you are ordering.  

COVID-19 Programming & Response

Although we cannot be together in person for the moment, we can continue to learn together as a community. This page will be updated...

Coronavirus Update, May 17 2020:

The NYC lockdown has been extended to May 28, and we do not yet know how the gradual loosening of the restrictions will affect the reopening of our synagoue building. Until then, 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

Rosh Hodesh Sivan [One-Day Rosh Hodesh]


    SUNDAY, MAY 24
    Eve of Rosh Hodesh Sivan
    Saturday Evening, May 23rd
    Shabbat Minhah/Rosh Hodesh Arbit 7:45pm
    Rosh Hodesh Sivan Day
    Sunday Morning, May 24th
    Morning Services 8:00am
    [Shahrit, Hallel, & Musaf]
    Sunday Evening, May 24th
    Rosh Hodesh Minhah/Weekday Arbit 6:30pm

Weekday Services May 25 - 28, 2020

  • Morning Services [Shahrit]

    Monday - Thursday 7:15am
    Evening Services [Minhah & Arbit]
    Monday - Wednesday 6:30pm

Shabuot Services 5780 (Two-Day Festival): Thursday Eve, May 28, Friday, May 29, & Saturday, May 30, 2020


    Eve of the First Day of Shabuot
    Thursday Evening, May 28
    1st Day Eve Candle Lighting 8:00pm 
    Evening Services 7:45pm [Minhah & Arbit]
    Prepare Erub Tabshilin by Sunset, 8:18pm
    Thu. Late-Night Mishmarah/Tikkun:
    Late Rabbi's Class 11:00pm
    First Day of Shabuot Morning
    Consecration Anniversary
    1834 Crosby Street Building
    Friday Morning, May 29
    Zemirot 8:15am
    Shahrit & Hallel 9:00-9:50am
    Taking Out Torah & Readings 9:50-10:45am
    (The Ten Commandments, Ex 19:1-20:23 )
    Musaf & Sermon, 10:45-11:25am
    Girls Reading Book of Ruth 11:30am-12:30pm
    Eve of the Second Day of Shabuot
    Friday Eve, Eve of Shabbat, May 29th
    Reading Intro & 1st Part of Azharot 7:15pm
    Evening Services [Minhah & Arbit] 7:45pm
    Friday Eve Candle Lighting, before 8:00pm
    Friday Evening Sunset 8:18pm
    Second Day of Shabuot Morning
    Shabbat Morning, Sat., May 30
    Zemirot 8:15am
    Shahrit, Hallel, Sermon, Musaf 9:00-11:50am
    Second Day of Shabuot Conclusion
    Saturday Evening, June 1
    Reading 2nd Part of Azharot 7:15pm
    Saturday Evening Minhah & Arbit 7:55pm
    Saturday Evening Sunset 8:19pm
    Saturday Evening Habdalah 9:01pm
    Shabuot, The Feast of Weeks or Pentecost comes on the fiftieth day, just after the seven-week `Omer period between the beginnings of the barley and wheat harvests, and traditionally commemorates the Revelation at Sinai seven weeks after the Israelites left Egypt.
    Erub Tabshilin: When the festival begins on Thursday evening, food for the Sabbath is set aside prior to the festival. See Prayers for the Festivals, by David de Sola Pool, p. 1.
    The Biblical Book of Ruth is traditionally read on Shabuot, since it deals with both the Israeli grain harvest at this time of year, which this festival marks, as well as acceptance of the Torah, in this case by Ruth as a faithful convert. The younger girls of the congregation who take part are pre-assigned a few verses each, which they must learn to chant according to the congregation’s unique traditional cantillation system for this book.
    Azharot (“Admonitions”) is the name given to the poem by Shelomo Ibn Gabirol with introduction by David Ibn Eleazar Pekudah, which enumerates all 613 Commandments of the Torah in rhymed verse. The introduction and the first part, listing the 248 positive Commandments, is read on Friday evening at 7:15, before Minhah.  The second part, which enumerates the 365 negative Commandments, is read on Saturday evening at 7:15. Men and boys chant the poem to the Spanish & Portuguese traditional Shabuot melody in round-robin style, with each participant leading two lines at a time.