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Thanksgiving at Shearith Israel

View of Thanksgiving Day Parade from our portico

View of Thanksgiving Day Parade from our portico

View of Thanksgiving Day Parade from our portico

View of Thanksgiving Day Parade from our portico

Congregation Shearith Israel has been conducting Thanksgiving services since President George Washington first declared this holiday in 1789. Jews participated side by side with other Americans in fighting for and establishing the United States as an independent country. At our services on Thanksgiving Day morning, we chant several chapters of Psalms—parts of the Hallel—at the conclusion of the morning prayers. We also recite the prayers for the governments of America and Israel. Service participants are welcome to join us on the Portico for a parade viewing with hot chocolate and pastries.  

 

For 2019, the schedule is as follows:

Thursday, November 28

Morning Services | 7:45 am | Main Sanctuary

Rabbi Soloveichik’s Thanksgiving Address | ~8:45 am | Main Sanctuary

Children’s Hesed Craft Activity | ~8:45 am | Fidanque Youth Room

Refreshments | 9:00 am | Elias Room

Parade Viewing for Youth | 9:30 am | Portico | for pre-registered members and guests

Pack-a-thon | 9:30 am - 11:30 am | Levy Auditorium

 

 

Omer Board

Shearith Israel’s “Omer Board” dates back to the Mill Street Synagogue of 1730, and may indeed go back to the early years of the Congregation’s history. 

1730
Crosby Street Synagogue

 In 1834 the congregation built a new synagogue on Crosby Street, between Broom and Spring Street.

1834