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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

October 24 - October 30

Outdoors on lawn at 8 W 70th St. and occasionally indoors. Schedule of dates and key times can be found here.

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.

Friday Night Lights 5782

Friday, October 29

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

The Temple: A Hanukkah Tour Through Time

Tuesday, October 26, 7:30AM

Join Rabbi Soloveichik for this special Pre-Hanukkah Series.

Shabbat and Holiday Handouts

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

Update October 3, 2021


We are thrilled to announce the return of RABBI SOLOVEICHIK'S FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: IN-PERSON, FOLLOWING FRIDAY EVENING SERVICES, THE WAY IT WAS MEANT TO BE... ONLY AT SHEARITH ISRAEL. Make sure to sign up for our emails for weekly topics and service times. And do consider sponsoring a session in honor or in memory of a loved one or in appreciation for this special experience.


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." We are adjusting our policies and activities based on the changing circumstances in consultation with our dedicated Working Group.


At this time, we continue to pray outdoors in our beautiful and spacious nextdoor pavilion, "Paved Paradise," whenever possible. Non-vaccinated people, including children, are required to wear masks and when crowds are large, we do ask everyone to put on their masks. We have also been enjoying a range of outdoor programming including Rabbi Soloveichik’s shabbat afternoon class, Jr. Congregation, and other social and cultural activities. At our indoor services, for the time being, masks are required for all attendees. Registration for all services and select programs is still required and we have been collecting proof of vaccination from our members and guests.

Prayer Schedule

Weekday Services October 24 - 29, 2021

  • All Services Only by Confirmed Application

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

    Sunday Morn, October 24
    Shahrit Service 8:15am
    Monday - Friday Morns, October 25 - 29
    Shahrit Service 7:15am
    Sunday - Thursday Evenings, Octobert 24 - 28
    *Arbit Service only 6:30pm
    *Note Change of  Service Time

Shabbat Services October 29 - 30, 2021

  • All Services by Confirmed

    Application & Reservation Only
    Fill-out Services at Shearith Israel

    Eve of Shabbat, Friday Eve October 29
    Candle Lighting 5:37pm
    Evening Minha & Arbit 5:45pm
    Friday Sunset 5:55pm
    Saturday Morning, October 30
    Morning Services:
    Zemirot 8:30am
    Shahrit & Torah Service 9:00am
    Torah Reading: Vayera, Genesis 23:1-25:18
    Haftarah: I Kings 1:1-31
    Musaf 10:00-10:40am
    Saturday Evening, October 30
    Rabbi's Saturday Class, 4:55pm
    Saturday Minhah & Arbit 5:40pm
    Saturday Sunset 5:54pm
    Habdalah 6:24pm