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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

May 2 - May 8

Minyan schedule outside (Portico or 8 W 70th St. Lot), Main Sanctuary services, 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.

SPRING 2021 FUNDRAISER | Providence & Politics: Zionism from Herzl to Begin

Tuesday, May 11, 7:30PM

Join Rabbi Soloveichik for a unique Zionist tour around the world, with visits to the Vienna of Herzl, the London of Balfour, the...

The Shearith Israel Choir Returns!

Friday, May 7, 6:45PM

We're delighted to welcome back our beloved choir

with 2 long-awaited services (and an open rehearsal)! 

Communal Siyyum HaTorah

Sunday, May 16, 10:30AM

Sign up as an individual or as a family, to study 1 of the 54 parshiot of the Torah.

Annual (Virtual) Girls' Book of Ruth Reading

Sunday, May 16, 11:00AM

Join us on Zoom for this special reading. 



Friday Night Lights

Friday, May 7

Starting Ereb Pesah, March 25, Friday Night Lights returns to Fridays. Times will vary with...

Sunday Matinee

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

Shabbat and Holiday Handouts

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

Coronavirus Update May 3, 2021

We are grateful that so many of us have already been vaccinated and many more-- including our younger members-- will be in the coming weeks and months. We are not out of the woods yet and caution is still warranted. However, with the numbers improving, new guidelines by the CDC, and hope and optimism in the air, we have begun the process of gradual easing of restrictions. We have recently resumed in-person Jr. Congregation on shabbat held outdoors on Paved Paradise. We have also invited our beloved choir to return, after over a year of absence, for two special open-air services on our Paved Paradise.

Our Working Group continues to meet on a frequent basis to evaluate the latest data and guidelines and we will adjust our policies and activities based on the changing circumstances in consultation with our dedicated and sensible Working Group.

We continue to welcome you- subject to our safety criteria and your comfort level - to join our indoors or outdoors, daily and shabbat services -- ALL BY ADVANCE REGISTRATION AND APPROVAL. Request a spot here.


Meanwhile, we also continue to offer a wide array of virtual programs, lectures, classes, and activities.


Prayer Schedule

Weekday Services May 2 - 7, 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:
    Sunday - Thursday Evenings, May 2 - 6
    Minhah & Arrbit Services 6:30pm
    Sunday Morn, May 2
    Shahrit Service 8:15am
    Monday & Thursday Morns, May 3 & 6
    Shahrit Service 7:15am
    Tue., Wed., & Fri. Morns,
    May 4, 5, & 7:
    Services will only be scheduled
    If there is sign-up demand in advance

Shabbat Services May 7 - 8, 2021

  • All Services by Confirmed

    Application & Reservation Only
    and  Reservation, with Time and Location
    Subject to Change and Cancellation
    Fill-out Coronavirus Minyan Registration
    Friday Eve, May 7
    OUTDOORS ONLY, Special Choral Service
    (Weather permitting):
    Friday Evening Minha & Arbit 6:45pm*
    *To attend choral rehearsal, arrive at 5:00pm
    Friday Candle Lighting 7:41pm
    Friday Sunset 7:59pm
    Saturday Morning, May 8*
    *Sign up and you will be assigned the
    service you will attend via email
    Morning Services:
    OUTDOORS: 8:45am
    Torah Reading: Behar-Behukkothai
    Leviticus 25:1-end
    Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19-17:14
    Saturday Evening, May 8
    Saturday Minhah & Arbit 7:45pm
    Saturday Sunset 8:00pm
    Habdalah: 8:40pm