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Thanksgiving Parade Viewing 2021

for school-aged children

Thursday, November 25

Our Portico provides one of the best Thanksgiving Parade views in the city.
This year, in order to avoid crowding on the Portico, the parade viewing is for school-aged children who do not need an adult by their side. Sorry, adults and very young children cannot be accommodated on the Portico steps this year.
Shearith Israel Member children | Free
Non-Member children | $25 in advance ($36 at the door subject to availability)
Additionally, Pack-A-Thon donors at the $180 level and above can register up to 2 children for free, and donors at $360 and above can register up to 4.
Special thanks to our staff and volunteer congregants who will be helping rotate and manage the crowd to make this a safe and memorable experience for all. 
To register your child, click here.

7:45 am 

Morning Services with our Special Thanksgiving Hallel | Main Sanctuary


8:30 am

Rabbi Soloveichik's Address | Main Sanctuary

Children's Hesed Craft Activity (during the Rabbi's Address & Pack-a-thon) | Paved Paradise Pavilion | Register your children when you sign up for the Pack-A-Thon here


9:00-11:00 am 

Parade Viewing for School-Age Children ONLY | Portico | Register here


9:00- 11:00 am 

Hunger Alleviation Pack-a-thon | Paved Paradise Pavilion | Register here


- All participants who are aged 12+ must show proof of vaccination to be admitted
- All children under 12 must be masked at all times, indoors and outdoors
- Indoors, everyone must wear a mask at all times
- If you are asked at any time by our staff to put on a mask, including while outdoors, you must do so.
Reminder: By participating in our activities, you and your family are affirming all the procedures, requirements, and undertakings included on our registration forms and are committed to following the CDC and NYS recommended practices. Specifically, if you don't wear a mask when permissible, you represent and warrant that you are fully vaccinated. We each rely on one another to keep our community healthy and safe.

First Mill Street Synagogue

The little synagogue on Mill Street was the first structure designed and built to be a synagogue in continental North America. 

The 'Pineapple' Rimonim

These bells adorned a Torah scroll at the consecration ceremony of the First Mill Street Synagogue in 1730.