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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

At the Synagogue

This Week's Prayer Schedule

September 17 - September 23

Shabbat and Holiday Handouts

Explore our weekly Shabbat handouts. 

Shabbat Teshubah Derasha

Saturday, September 23


We invite you to attend  our annual Shabbat Teshubah Derashah delivered by Rabbi Meir Y. Soloveichik, during morning...

Meals in the Succah 5778

For Shearith Israel members and their guests who wish to eat meals in the Elias Room sukkah, we offer timed seatings on yom tob.

Annual Simhat Torah Dinner and Ice Cream Extravaganza

Thursday, October 12

Join us for our annual youth ice cream extravaganza following Hakafot on Simhat Torah!

A Very Special Shabbaton in Charleston, South Carolina

Friday, November 3

Rabbi Soloveichik will lead tours of some of the earliest Jewish sites in America, learn what life was like and learn of some of...

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

Weekday Services September 17-19, 2017

  • Morning Services [Shahrit]

    Sunday Morning 8:00am
    Monday & Tuesday 7:15am
    Evening Services, Sunday & Monday
    Minhah, Arbit, & Selihot 6:30pm
    Evening Services, Tuesday
    Minhah & Arbit 6:30pm

Preparation for & Eve of The First Day of Rosh Hashanah 5778 - Sep. 20, 2017

  • Wednesday Morning:

    Special Morning Selihot Service 6:30 am
    Morning Shahrit Service 7:15 am
    Erub Tabshilin: When the New Year begins on Wednesday evening, an Erub, bread and food prepared for the following Sabbath, is set aside on Wednesday before sunset. See Prayers for the New Year, David de Sola Pool, p. 60.
    Wednesday Evening, Eve of First Day: 
    Holiday Candle Lighting 6:38 pm
    Minhah & Arbit Services 6:30 pm
    Sunset 6:56 pm

Rosh HaShanah 5778 First Day Daytime & Eve of Second Day Thu. Sept 21, 2017

  • Thursday: First Day Morning

    Zemirot, Main Service (Upstairs) Only 7:45 am
    Shahrit, Main Service (Upstairs). 8:35 am
    Shahrit, Parallel Service (Downstairs) 9:00 am
    Special Prayers/Taking Out Torah (Upstairs)
    9:35 am
    Special Prayers/Taking Out Torah (Downstairs)
    9:45 am
    Torah Reading & Haftarah (Both Services)
    9:50 am
    Offerings (Both Services) 10:30 am
    `Et Sha`arei Ratzon & Shofar (Both) 10:40 am
    Ashrei & Returning Torah (Both) 11:05 am
    Musaf  (Both Services) 11:20 am
    Sermon (Upstairs) 12:20 pm
    Adon `Olam & Conclusion (Upstairs)
    12:40-12:45 pm
    Thursday, 1st Day Afternoon/Eve of 2nd
    1st Day Minha & 2nd Eve Arbit 6:30 pm
    Sunset 6:54 pm
    Candle Lighting after 7:17 pm

Rosh HaShanah 5778 Second Day Daytime Friday, September 22, 2017

  • Friday, Second Day Morning

    Zemirot 7:45 am
    Shahrit 8:30 am
    Special Prayers & Taking Out Torah
    9:30 am
    Torah Reading & Haftarah 9:45 am
    Offerings 10:25 AM
    'Et Sha'arei Ratzon & Shofar Service
    10:30 am
    Ashrei and Returning Torah 10:55 am
    Musaf 11:10 am
    Sermon 12:05 pm
    Adon 'Olam & Conclusion 12:25-12:30pm

Shabbat Teshubah 5778 Sept. 22-23, 2017

  • Friday Evening 

    Candle Lighting, before 6:35 pm
    2nd Day Rosh HaShanah Minhah &
    Eve of Shabbat Arbit 6:30 pm
    Sunset 6:53 pm
    Zemirot 8:15 am
    Shahrit 9:00 am
    Torah Service & Offerings 9:45-10:50 am
    Torah Reading: Haazinu
    Musaf, Sermon & Conclusion 10:50-11:55 am
    Seudah Shelishit & Class 5:25 pm
    Minhah, Arbit & Selihot 6:25 pm
    Sunset 6:51 pm
    Habdalah 7:25 pm