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Rosh Hodesh Sivan [One-Day Rosh Hodesh]

Naso 5780 Saturday Evening & Sunday – May 23 - May 24, 2020





Eve of Rosh Hodesh Sivan

Saturday Evening, May 23rd

Shabbat Minhah/Rosh Hodesh Arbit 7:45pm


Rosh Hodesh Sivan Day

Sunday Morning, May 24th

Morning Services 8:00am

[Shahrit, Hallel, & Musaf]


Sunday Evening, May 24th

Rosh Hodesh Minhah/Weekday Arbit 6:30pm

Weekday Services May 25 - 28, 2020

Naso 5780 Monday - Thursday – May 25 - May 28, 2020


Morning Services [Shahrit]

Monday - Thursday 7:15am


Evening Services [Minhah & Arbit]

Monday - Wednesday 6:30pm

Shabuot Services 5780 (Two-Day Festival): Thursday Eve, May 28, Friday, May 29, & Saturday, May 30, 2020

Naso 5780 Thu. Eve, Fri., & Sat. – May 28 - May 30, 2020




Eve of the First Day of Shabuot

Thursday Evening, May 28

1st Day Eve Candle Lighting 8:00pm 

Evening Services 7:45pm [Minhah & Arbit]

Prepare Erub Tabshilin by Sunset, 8:18pm

Thu. Late-Night Mishmarah/Tikkun:

Late Rabbi's Class 11:00pm


First Day of Shabuot Morning

Consecration Anniversary

1834 Crosby Street Building

Friday Morning, May 29

Zemirot 8:15am

Shahrit & Hallel 9:00-9:50am

Taking Out Torah & Readings 9:50-10:45am

(The Ten Commandments, Ex 19:1-20:23 )

Musaf & Sermon, 10:45-11:25am

Girls Reading Book of Ruth 11:30am-12:30pm


Eve of the Second Day of Shabuot

Friday Eve, Eve of Shabbat, May 29th

Reading Intro & 1st Part of Azharot 7:15pm

Evening Services [Minhah & Arbit] 7:45pm

Friday Eve Candle Lighting, before 8:00pm

Friday Evening Sunset 8:18pm


Second Day of Shabuot Morning

Shabbat Morning, Sat., May 30

Zemirot 8:15am

Shahrit, Hallel, Sermon, Musaf 9:00-11:50am


Second Day of Shabuot Conclusion

Saturday Evening, June 1

Reading 2nd Part of Azharot 7:15pm

Saturday Evening Minhah & Arbit 7:55pm

Saturday Evening Sunset 8:19pm

Saturday Evening Habdalah 9:01pm


Shabuot, The Feast of Weeks or Pentecost comes on the fiftieth day, just after the seven-week `Omer period between the beginnings of the barley and wheat harvests, and traditionally commemorates the Revelation at Sinai seven weeks after the Israelites left Egypt.

Erub Tabshilin: When the festival begins on Thursday evening, food for the Sabbath is set aside prior to the festival. See Prayers for the Festivals, by David de Sola Pool, p. 1.

The Biblical Book of Ruth is traditionally read on Shabuot, since it deals with both the Israeli grain harvest at this time of year, which this festival marks, as well as acceptance of the Torah, in this case by Ruth as a faithful convert. The younger girls of the congregation who take part are pre-assigned a few verses each, which they must learn to chant according to the congregation’s unique traditional cantillation system for this book.

Azharot (“Admonitions”) is the name given to the poem by Shelomo Ibn Gabirol with introduction by David Ibn Eleazar Pekudah, which enumerates all 613 Commandments of the Torah in rhymed verse. The introduction and the first part, listing the 248 positive Commandments, is read on Friday evening at 7:15, before Minhah.  The second part, which enumerates the 365 negative Commandments, is read on Saturday evening at 7:15. Men and boys chant the poem to the Spanish & Portuguese traditional Shabuot melody in round-robin style, with each participant leading two lines at a time.

Revolutionary War Torah Scrolls

In 1776, several British soldiers desecrated two of Shearith Israel’s Torah scrolls.

Maud Nathan

Maud Nathan (1862-1946) was founder and first President of the Sisterhood of Shearith Israel, established in 1896.