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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
Song of Songs IV by Marc Chagall (1958)

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Shabbat and Holiday Handouts

Explore our weekly Shabbat handouts. 

Teen Girls' Shir Hashirim 2016

Saturday, April 30, 11:30AM

After Musaf on the Shabbat of Pesah, the teen girls of the synagogue read The Song of Songs in the Main Sanctuary for...

Special Yom Hashoah Lecture

Saturday, May 7, 6:45PM

Rarely told, are the stories of the Dutch experience- a community that lost 75% of its Jewish population- during the Shoah.  Given...

Two Part Series with Professor Yaron Harel

Monday, May 9, 7:00PM

Enjoy this two part educational series by Prof. Yaron Harel.

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

Second Day of Passover - April 23-24, 2016

  • Saturday - Eve of the Second Day

    Evening Services [Minhah & Arbit] 7:15pm
    Sunset 7:44pm
    Shabbat Ends and Candle Lighting after 8:23pm
    Begin the Second Haggadah after 8:23pm
    Sunday - Second Day Morning
    Zemirot 8:15am
    Shahrit, Hallel, Sermon, Musaf 9:00 - 11:50am
    Second Day Conclusion
    Minhah & Arbit 7:30pm
    Sunset 7:45pm
    Habdalah 8:10pm

Intermediate Weekdays of Passover - 5776

  • Hol HaMoed

    Morning Services - Shahrit & Musaf
    Monday - Thursday 7:15 am
    Hol HaMoed
    Evening Services [Minhah & Arbit]
    Monday - Wednesday 6:30 pm

Seventh Day of Passover & Consecration Anniversary First Mill Street Synagogue (1730)

  • Eve of the Seventh Day

    Thursday Evening
    Candle Lighting 7:32 pm
    Minhah & Arbit 7:30 pm
    Sunset 7:50 pm
    Erub Tabshilin: When the festival begins on Thursday evening, an Erub, bread and food prepared for the following Sabbath, is set aside prior to the festival before sunset. See Prayers for the Festivals, by David de Sola Pool, p. 1.
    Seventh Day Daytime
    Friday Morning
    Zemirot 8:15 am
    Shahrit 9:05 am
    Torah Reading 9:50 am
    (Reading "Song of the Sea")
    Musaf & Conclusion 10:40 - 11:45 am

Eighth [Final] Day of Passover/Shabbat

  • Eve of the Eighth Day

    Friday Evening
    Candle Lighting 7:33 pm
    Minhah & Arbit 7:30 pm
    Sunset 7:51 pm
    Shabbat Daytime, the Eighth and Last Day 
    Saturday Morning
    Zemirot 8:15 am
    Shahrit 9:00 am
    Song of Songs 11:30am - 12:15 pm
    Afternoon Class 6:30 pm
    Eighth Day Conclusion
    End of Passover and Shabbat 
    Minhah & Arbit 7:30 pm
    Sunset 7:52 pm
    Shabbat Concluding Habdalah 8:31 pm
    Do not consume hametz  until 1/2 hour after Habdalah 9:01 pm