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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

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This Week's Prayer Schedule

April 5 - April 11

 Regular midweek and shabbat services are canceled

Shabbat and Holiday Handouts

Explore our weekly Shabbat handouts. 

COVID-19 Programming & Response

Although we cannot be together in person for the moment, we can continue to learn together as a community. This page will be updated...

Pesah 5780

Celebrate Pesah 5780 with Shearith Israel. Learn how we are adjusting our Pesah experience and resources to meet the COVID-19 crisis.  

Virtual Young Women & Girls' Shir HaShirim Reading

Monday, April 13, 5:00PM

Don't let this crisis get in the way of one of our most beautiful traditions!

Coronavirus Update, April 3 2020:

Sadly, our synagogue building remains closed.  All regular services and in-person programs remain suspended until further notice. Check our COVID-19 webpages for all virtual programming details and resources and follow our emails for updates and reminders.


Wishing you all a Moadim L'Simha.


Prayer Schedule

Weekday Services April 5 - 7, 2020

  • Morning Services [Shahrit]

    Sunday 8:00am
    Monday - Tuesday 7:15am
    Evening Services [Minhah & Arbit]
    Sunday - Monday 6:30pm

Passover Preparations: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Search for Hametz Tuesday Evening


    Tuesday Evening Minhah & Arbit, 6:30pm
    Tuesday Evening, April 7th
    At night on Tuesday, (after sunset, 7:28 pm):
    Search for Hametz to be Disposed of and Annul all Hametz in one's possession which has not been found.

First Day of Passover, April 8-9, 2020

  • Eve of the First Day, Wednesday, April 8th

    Candle Lighting, 7:11pm
    Evening Services (Minhah & Arbit), 7:00pm
    Wednesday Evening Sunset, 7:29pm
    *Erub Tabshilin Preparation by sunset 7:29 pm
    Begin the First Haggadah, after 7:53pm
    *Erub Tabshilin: When the festival begins on Wednesday evening, the Erub in the form of some matzah 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.
    First Day Morning, Thursday, April 9th
    Zemirot, 8:15am
    Shahrit, Hallel & Torah 9:00am
    Tikkun HaTal, inserted in Musaf 10:40am
    Sermon & Conclusion, 11:25-11:50am
    The Paschal sacrifice was consumed on the Eve of the First Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Eve of the 15th of Nisan, which became our two-day Diaspora observance, with a Haggadah or Seder Recitation and Meal at home on the Eve of the 15th and the Eve of the 16th. The Biblical Hag HaMatsot lasts from the 15th until the 21st, with full Festival restrictions from work in effect on the First and Seventh Days. In the Diaspora the fully restricted days came to be the First Two as well as the Seventh and an additional Eighth Day, Nisan 22nd. The Intermediate Shabbat has all of the restrictions of Shabbat, but the other Intermediate Days have fewer restrictions. 

Fast of the First Born, Eve of Passover

  • Wednesday Morning, April 8th

    Fast of First Born begins [Dawn] 5:02am
    Sunrise 6:27am
    Wednesday Morning Synagogue Service:
    Shahrit & Siyyum for the First Born 7:15am
    Hametz Restrictions:
    Stop eating Hametz, by 10:48am
    Make another search and annul any Hametz
    which has not been found, before 11:53am
    Dispose of any remaining Hametz, by 11:53am
    Pesah, Passover, or Hag HaMatzot, The Feast of Unleavened Bread, is observed in the middle of the month of Nisan, around the spring equinox, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt. Hametz, leavened food, is searched for and removed prior to the holiday, and a Search for Hametz is made on the eve and morning of the 14th of Nisan. The 14th of Nisan, the day of the Biblical Paschal Sacrifice, is observed as a partial holiday and as the Fast of the Firstborn by some (attending a festive siyyum that morning obviates the need to fast), and by late morning all Jewish-owned hametz should be sold and hidden, or eliminated and nullified
    Wednesday Afternoon/Evening:
    *Erub Tabshilin Preparation by sunset 7:29 pm
    *Erub Tabshilin: When the festival begins on Wednesday evening, the Erub in the form of some matzah 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.

Second Day of Passover April 9-10, 2020

  • Eve of the Second Day, Thursday, April 9th

    Evening Services (Minhah & Arbit), 7:00pm
    Thursday Evening Sunset, 7:30pm
    First Day Ends & Omer Counting, after 7:54pm
    Candles & Second Haggadah, after 7:54pm
    Second Day Morning, Fri., April 10th
    Zemirot, 8:15am
    Shahrit, Hallel, Sermon, Musaf, 9:00-11:50am

Shabbat Hol HaMoed Pesah: Intermediate Shabbat, 3rd Day of Passover April 10-11


    Eve of Shabbat, Friday, April 10th
    Candle Lighting, 7:13pm
    Evening Services (Minhah & Arbit), 7:00pm
    Friday Evening Sunset, 7:31pm
    Shabbat Day, Saturday, April 11th
    Zemirot, 8:15am
    Shahrit, Hallel, Sermon, Musaf, 9:00-11:30am
    Girls’ Reading of Song of Songs, 11:30am
    Saturday Afternoon Class, 6:15pm
    Saturday Evening Minhah & Arbit, 7:15pm
    Saturday Evening Sunset, 7::32pm
    Saturday Evening Habdalah, 8:09pm
    Shir HaShirim, The Song of Songs, is traditionally read during Passover. The teen girls of the congregation who take part are pre-assigned a portion, which they learn to chant according to the congregation’s unique cantillation system. The girls will chant after the Intermediate Shabbat Morning Service, Saturday, April 11th, at 11:30 am.