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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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Shabbat and Holiday Handouts

Explore our weekly Shabbat handouts. 

בצאתי ממצרים — Out Of Egypt: Celebrating Egyptian Jewish Heritage at Shearith Israel

Wednesday, May 8, 7:00PM

Please join us for an evening celebrating Egyptian Jewish Heritage at Shearith Israel.

Kindertransport: Rescuing Children on the Brink of War

Sunday, May 12, 11:30AM

Join the Sisterhood of the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue for a multigenerational tour of the Yeshiva University Museum/Leo...

SMASH THE STIGMA: A Jewish Communal Conversation on Suicide and Depression

Tuesday, May 14, 7:00PM

Join our effort to destigmatize mental illness in general and focus on depression and suicidality in particular. 

Chatham Square Cemetery Memorial Event, Honoring the Patriotic Service rendered by our Members

Sunday, May 19, 10:30AM

Please join us for our annual Memorial Service to honor the patriotic service rendered by the members of our congregation and to decorate...

Chatham Square Cemetery Cleanup Day

Sunday, May 5, 10:00AM

You bring work clothes; we supply the rest.

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

Second Day of Passover, April 20-21, 2019

  • Eve of the Second Day, Sat., April 20

    Evening Minhah & Arbit 7:15pm
    Sunset 7:40pm
    End of Shabbat & Candle Lighting
    After 8:19pm
    Begin the Second Haggadah at Home
    After 8:19pm
    Begin Counting 1st Day of the Omer
    After 8:19pm
     
    Second Day of Passover. Sunday, April 20
    Zemirot 8:15am
    Shahrit, Hallel, Sermon & Musaf 9:00-11:50am
    Minhah & Arbit 7:30pm
    Sunset 7:41pm
    Habdalah 8:10pm

Passover 5779: Hol HaMoed Pesah, Intermediate Weekdays, April 22-25, 2019

  • Mornings

    Monday-Thursday, April 22-25
    Shahrit & Musaf 7:15am
     
    Evenings
    Monday-Wednesday, April 22-24
    Minhah & Arbit 6:30pm

7th Day of Passover 5779, April 25-26, 2019 Consecration Anniversary of First Mill Street Synagogue (1730)

  • Thursday Evening, April 25

    Candle Lighting 7:28pm
    Thursday Minhah & Arbit 7:30pm
    Thursday Evening Sunset 7:46pm
    Erub Tabshilin: When the festival begins on Thursday evening, an Erub, bread and food prepared for the following Sabbath, is set aside prior to the festival before sunset. See Prayers for the Festivals, by David de Sola Pool, p. 1.
     
    Friday Morning, April 26
    Synagogue Consecration Anniversary
    First Mill Street Synagogue (1730)
    Zemirot 8:15am
    Shahrit 9:00am
    Torah Reading 9:50am
    (Reading "Song of the Sea")
    Musaf & Conclusion 10:40-11:45am

Eighth and Final Day of Passover, 5779: Shabbat, April 26-27, 2019

  • Friday Eve, April 26

    Candle Lighting before 7:29pm
    Minhah & Arbit 7:30pm
    Sunset 7:47pm
     
    Saturday, April 27
    Zemirot 8:15am
    Shahrit 9:00am
    Song of Songs 11:30am-12:15pm
     
    Conclusion of Eighth Day of Pesah
    Minhah & Arbit 7:30pm
    Sunset 7:48pm
    End of Shabbat/Conclusion of Pesah:
    Habdalah 8:27pm*
    *Do not consume hametz until at least a half-hour after Habdalah; that is, sometime after 8:57pm