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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

 

 

Benjamin N. Cardozo

Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Nathan Cardozo spoke of the need for the Congregation to maintain its historic traditions and to remain true to the customs and practices of the generations that had come before.

1895
Liberty Bell Rimonim

These Rimonim, modeled after the American Liberty Bell, were commissioned by the Congregation in honor of Judge Edgar J. Nathan Jr.

1961