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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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At the Synagogue

This Week's Prayer Schedule

October 13 - October 19

Shabbat and Holiday Handouts

Explore our weekly Shabbat handouts. 

Hatanim Luncheon 5780

Saturday, October 26

RSVP Deadline: Wednesday, October 16

On Shabbat Bereshit, our community and friends come together to honor our Hatanim —...

Annual Simhat Torah Dinner 5780 & Ice Cream Extravaganza

Monday, October 21

RSVP Deadline: Wednesday, October 16

Join us for our annual Simhat Torah Dinner, plus our youth ice cream extravaganza following hakafot!

Visiting Scholar In The Succah: David Moster

Rabbi David Moster, one of the foremost etrog experts, explores the etrog's most pressing mysteries.

Women's Hakafot

Monday, October 21, 6:30PM

On the evening of Simhat Torah, a parallel Hakafot ceremony for women is held in the Small Synagogue, accompanied by a choir of...

Portuguese Citizenship for Sephardic Jews

Thursday, November 7, 7:00PM

Rita Mayer Jardim, a Lisbon-based lawyer specializing in the path to Portuguese citizenship, will return to our Congregation to...

Shabbaton To Newport, RI

Friday, November 8

Come with us to Newport where we will join our friends of Congregation Jeshuat Israel for a full Shabbat experience at the Touro...

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

Succot, Hoshaana Rabbah, Eve of & Daytime - October 19-20, 2019

  • Saturday Late Evening

    Mishmarah-Tikkun & Special Class
    [Held in Elias Room Succah] 9:00pm
    Zemirot 8:00am
    Shahrit & Hallel 8:30am
    Torah Service 9:00am
    Musaf, Hoshaanot, Shofar 9:35-10:15am
    Service Conclusion 10:15-10:30am
    Breakfast in Elias Room Succah 10:30am

Shemini Hag Atseret, Eve of & Daytime - October 20 - 21, 2019

  • Sunday Evening

    Candle Lighting 5:50pm
    Minhah & Arbit 5:45pm
    Sunset 6:08pm
    Kiddush in Succah 6:30pm
    Zemirot 8:15 am
    Shahrit & Hallel 9:00 am
    Musaf, Tikkun HaGeshem 10:40 - 11:20 am
    Conclusion & Sermon 11:20am - 11:45 am
    Kiddush in Elias Room Succah 11:50 am

Eve of Simhat Torah and Simhat Torah Daytime October 21 - 22, 2019

  • Monday Evening

    Minhah, Arbit, & Tenu Shebaha 5:45pm
    Sunset 6:07pm
    Candle Lighting, after 6:27pm
    Hakafot & Children's Celebration 6:30pm
    Women's Hakafot [Little Synagogue] 6:30pm
    Tuesday Morning
    Zemirot 8:15am
    Shahrit & Hallel 9:00am
    Torah Service with Hatanim Honors 9:50am
    Musaf 10:40 - 11:25am
    Service Conclusion & Sermon 11:25 - 12:00pm
    Tuesday Evening
    Minhah & Arbit 5:45pm
    Sunset 6:06pm
    Habdalah, End of Festival 6:25pm

Weekday Services October 23 - 25, 2019

  • Mornings: Shahrit

    Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 7:15am
    Evenings: Minhah & Arbit
    Wednesday & Thursday 5:45pm

Shabbat Bereshit 5780 - October 25 - 26, 2019 Shabbat Hatanim

  • Friday Evening 

    Candle Lighting before 5:43pm
    Minhah, Arbit, & Tenu Shebahah 5:45pm
    Sunset 6:01pm
    Zemirot 8:15am
    Shahrit 9:00am
    Torah Service with Hatanim Honors 9:45-10:50am
    Torah Reading: Bereshith
    Musaf 10:50-11:40am
    Class 4:35pm
    Saturday Evening Minhah & Arbit 5:35pm
    Saturday Evening Sunset 6:00pm
    Habdalah 6:30pm