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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 15 - May 21

Schedule of dates and key times can be found here.

Friday Night Lights 5782

The majesty returned to the Upper West Side in 5782 with the return of Friday Night Lights Live! Hear Rabbi Solovehick...

Shearith Israel Chorale

Wednesday, May 18, 7:00PM

Learn to sing pieces from our congregation’s musical heritage and beyond.

The Orphan Child of Holocaust Studies: The Romaniote and Sephardic Jews of Greece

Ms. Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos, an expert on Greek Jewry, will present, with an audio-visual presentation using historic images,...

CSI Youth Mets Game Outing

Shearith Israel youth and their families are invited on this highly subsidized trip to watch the Mets play the Pirates. 

Shabbat and Holiday Handouts

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

Update February 23, 2022


We are delighted to announce further progress toward “normalcy” as we are no longer requiring registration to attend services and we are re-introducing Mask-Optional seating in the sanctuary during all prayer services. In order to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable in our large sanctuary, the southern pews (in both the men’s and women’s sections) are designated as Mask-Optional and the northern pews are designated as Mask-Only.


Masks are optional at Friday Night Lights, classes, and other events that take place before or after services.


Masks are still required in all other areas of the synagogue building including entryway, hallways, and bathrooms, and when entering or leaving the building.


We do ask EVERYONE who can to get boosted. We do require proof of vaccination and the best way to provide that is for ALL congregants (even if you've previously submitted your vaccine/booster proof), to update your vaccination and booster status by completing this simple form. This will make it easier for us to admit you to our services and other in-person activities.



To read Shearith Israel's recent open letters to the Newport Community and to access some useful reports about our actions in connection to the Touro Synagogue, click here.



Prayer Schedule

Weekday Services May 15 - 20, 2022

  • Morning Services [Shahrit]

    Sunday 8:05am
    Monday-Friday 7:05am
    Evening Services [Minhah & Arbit]
    Sunday-Thursday 6:30pm
    Consecration Date of 70th St. Building
    Services Follow Regular Schedule:
    Eve of Lag LaOmer Wednesday, May 18
    Minhah & Arbit 6:30pm
    LagLaOmer Day, Thursday, May 19
    Shahrit 7:05am 

Consecration Shabbat May 20 - 21, 2022 Consecration Anniversary of Seventieth Street Synagogue (1897)

  • Friday Eve, May 20

    Minhah & Arbit 7:00pm
    Candle Lighting 7:52pm
    Friday Sunset 8:10pm
    Saturday Morning, May 21
    Synagogue Consecration Anniversary
    70th Street (Current) Synagogue Building (1897) [Observed]
    Zemirot 8:15am
    Shahrit 9:00am
    Parashah: Behar, Lev. 25:1-26:2
    Haftarah Jeremiah 32:6-27
    Youth Activities 10:00am
    Saturday Evening, May 21
    Minhah & Arbit 7:55pm
    Saturday Sunset 8:11pm
    Habdalah 8:53pm
    The Shabbat after Lag LaOmer is observed as the anniversary of the consecration of our current synagogue building on 70th St. and Central Park West, which was completed and dedicated on Lag LaOmer in 1897.