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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
Guide for the Perplexed manuscript from Yemen, dated 13-14th century
Yoetzet Halakha Lisa Septimus

At the Synagogue

This Week's Prayer Schedule

September 28 - October 4

Parallel Services for Rosh Hashanah and Kippur

Our traditional Parallel Services are held in the Levy Auditorium and are geared toward congregants who are interested in more explanations...

Shabbat Teshubah Derashah: Shoeless Jew: A Reflection on Soles and Souls

On the Shabbat before Kippur, Rabbi Meir Soloveichik will deliver Shearith Israel’s second annual Shabbat Teshubah Derashah.

Pre-Kippur Class: Striving for Human Perfection & Finding True Meaning in Life

Monday, September 29, 7:00PM

Join us for a class in preparation for Rosh Hashanah focused on Rambam's Guide for the Perplexed taught by Rabbi Richard Hidary.

Pre-Kippur Shiur with Manhattan Yoetzet Halakha Lisa Septimus

Tuesday, September 30, 7:00PM

Join us for this timely, inaugural Shiur taught by our Yoetzet Halakha Lisa Septimus.

Welcome to Congregation Shearith Israel, America's first Jewish congregation, founded in1654 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

Fast of Gedaliah

  • Fast begins at dawn

    5:28 am
    6:49 am
    8:00 am
    Evening Services
    5:45 pm
    6:43 pm
    End of Fast
    7:00 pm

Weekday Services Sept. 29 - October 2

  • Morning Services

    7:15 am
    Evening Services - Minhah & Arbit
    6:15 pm

Ereb Kippur

  • Selihot & Shahrit

    6:30 am
    Early Minhah
    1:30 pm
    Candle Lighting at or before
    6:17 pm
    Kal Nidre
    6:15 pm
    Sunset (Fast Begins)
    6:35 pm

Kippur Day 5775

  • Zemirot

    8:15 am
    9:15 am
    Taking Out Torah
    11:00 am
    Torah Reading
    11:15 am
    Yehi Hasdekha, Returning Torah, Offerings
    11:45 am
    Sermon at Midday of Kippur
    12:15 pm
    12:30 pm
    3:10 pm
    Sermon at the End of Kippur Day
    5:45 pm
    Ne'ilah [Closing Service]
    6:00 pm
    Shofar, Arbit, & End of Fast
    7:06 pm