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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

Shabbat and Holiday Handouts

Explore our weekly Shabbat handouts. 

Shabuot Public Lecture

Rabbi Soloveichik will deliver another intriguing lecture at what has become a prime Shabuot learning destination on the Upper West...

Guest Speaker: Aryeh Green

Wednesday, May 23, 7:00PM

A book talk by Aryeh Green on his newly released book, My Israel Trail: Finding Peace in the Promised Land. 

Young Couples and Families Picnic on the Portico

Saturday, June 9

Who wants to worry about the weather getting in the way of their picnic lunch? Not us! 

Graduation Kiddush

Saturday, June 16, 11:30AM

Celebrate the success and accomplishments of all our graduates, and get listed in our Scroll of Honor! 

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

First Day of Shabuot 5778, Consecration Anniversary of Crosby Street Synagogue (1834); & Eve of Second Day of Shabuot

  • Sunday Morning

    First Day of Shabuot (Daytime)
    Synagogue Consecration Anniversary
    Crosby Street Synagogue Building (1834)
    Zemirot 8:15am
    Shahrit & Hallel 9:00am
    Torah Reading [The Ten Commandments] 9:50am
    Haftarah, Musaf, Conclusion 10:25-11:25am
    Girls' Reading Book of Ruth 11:30am-12:30pm
    Sunday Evening
    Eve of Second Day of Shabuot

    Reading of Intro & First Part of Azharot 7:15pm
    Evening Services [Minhah & Arbit] 7:45pm
    Sunset 8:10pm
    Candle Lighting after 8:37pm

Second Day of Shabuot (Daytime) 5778

  • Monday Morning

    Zemirot 8:15am
    Shahrit Hallel Torah Musaf Sermon 9:00-11:50am
    Monday Evening
    Reading Second Part of Azharot 7:15pm
    Minhah & Arbit 7:45pm
    Sunset 8:11pm
    Evening Festival Habdalah 8:38pm
    Shabuot, The Feast of Weeks or Pentecost comes on the fiftieth day, just after the 7-week Omer period between the beginnings of the barley and wheat harvests, and traditionally commemorates the Revelation at Sinai seven weeks after the Israelites left Egypt.
    The Book of Ruth is traditionally read on Shabuot, since it deals with both the Israeli grain harvest at this time of year, which this festival marks, as well as acceptance of the Torah, in this case by Ruth as a faithful convert. The younger girls of the congregation who take part are pre-assigned a few verses each, which they carefully rehearse, learning to chant them according to the congregation’s unique traditional cantillation system for the Book of Ruth. Girls wishing to take part, or their parents, should please contact Mrs. Lisa Rohde ( well in advance of the festival. The girls will read their portions at the end of Sunday Morning Services at 11:30 am.
    Azharot (“Admonitions”) is the name given to the poem by Shelomo Ibn Gabirol with introduction by David Ibn Eleazar Pekudah.  It enumerates all 613 Commandments of the Torah in rhymed verse. The introduction and the first part, which lists the 248 positive Commandments, is read on Sunday evening at 7:15, before Minhah.  The second part, which enumerates the 365 negative Commandments, is read on Monday evening at 7:15, again before Minhah. The poem is chanted by the men and boys of the congregation to the Spanish & Portuguese traditional Shabuot melody in round-robin style, with each participant leading two lines at a time.

Weekday Services May 22-25, 2018

  • Morning Services

    Tuesday-Friday 7:15am
    Evening Services [Minhah & Arbit]
    Tuesday-Thursday 6:30pm

Shabbat Services May 25-26, 2018

  • Friday Eve

    Minhah & Arbit 6:45pm
    Candle Lighting 7:57pm
    Sunset 8:15pm
    Morning Services 8:15-11:45am
    Class 6:50pm
    Minhah & Arbit 7:50pm
    Sunset 8:15pm
    Habdalah 8:57pm