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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

August 1 - August 7

Minyan schedule: Main Sanctuary services, outdoors (usually on the lawn nextdoor at 8 W 70th St.), and...

Sign Up for Indoor and Outdoor Services

We have cautiously resumed in-person services and are arranging them with your health, safety, and comfort in mind.

High Holidays 5782 Seating Reservations

We are offering both Indoor and Outdoor Services. Submit your requests by AUGUST 16.

Creative Writing Class for Teens & Tweens

Sunday, August 8, 10:00AM

Our younger congregants and friends will have the unique opportunity this summer to enjoy writing with acclaimed poet and Shearith...

One-Week Youth Soccer Clinic with Louis and Rafi Nahon

Join us for a week of youth soccer training, scrimmages, tips, and tricks with our soccer star members, Louis and Rafi Nahon.

Shabbat and Holiday Handouts

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

Coronavirus Update July 26, 2021


High Holiday Registration Open Now- Register by August 16!


With very high vaccination rates among our membership and extremely low incidences of COVID-19 infection in our area, yet with a careful eye on the Delta variant, we continue to cautiously ease restrictions on our path back to "normalcy."


At this time, our outdoors services on Paved Paradise offer separate sections for vaccinated individuals who may remove masks and for unvaccinated people, including children, who must wear masks. Our protocols and precautions at our indoor services remain unchanged and, for the timebeing, require masks for all attendees. Jr. Congregation has been in full swing for a while now and also outdoors, Rabbi Soloveichik has resumed his shabbat afternoon class (45 minutes before Minha). Registration for all services is still required and we have been asking our members and guests about vaccination status and to submit proof of vaccination.


The guidelines and advice continue to change rapidly. Our Working Group continues to meet on a frequent basis 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 August 1 - 6, 2021

  • All Services Only by Confirmed Application

    and  Reservation, with Time and Location
    Subject to Change and Cancellation
    Fill-out Services at Shearith Israel

    Evenings, OUTDOORS (8 W 70th St.):
    Sunday - Thursday Evenings, August 1 - 6
    Minhah & Arrbit Services 6:30pm
    Mornings, OUTDOORS (8 W 70th St.):
    Sunday Morn, August 1
    Shahrit Service 8:15am
    Monday & Thursday Morns, August 2 & 5
    Shahrit Service 7:15am
    Tue., Wed., & Fri. Morns,
    August 3, 4, & 6:
    Services will only be scheduled
    If there is sign-up demand in advance

Shabbat Services August 6 - 7, 2021

  • All Services by Confirmed

    Application & Reservation Only
    Fill-out Services at Shearith Israel

    Friday Eve, August 6
    Evening Minha & Arbit 6:45pm
    Candle Lighting 7:48pm
    Friday Sunset 8:06pm
    Saturday Morning, August 7
    Morning Services:
    OUTDOORS ONLY: 9:00am
    Torah Reading: Reeh, Deut. 11:26-16:17
    Haftarah: Isaiah 54:11-55:5; I Samuel 20:18&42
    Saturday Evening, August 7
    OUTDOORS: Rabbi's Saturday Class, 7:05pm
    Sat. Minhah & Rosh Hodesh Arbit 7:50pm
    Saturday Sunset 8:05pm
    Habdalah 8:45pm