Never a day goes by that Congregation Shearith Israel doesn't gather together to daven -- to pray. The morning minyanaires get up before dawn to meet in the chapel, then have breakfast together before beginning their day. The evening group that struggles to make 10 are fitting in the time between traffic and getting dinner. Shabbat is filled with Torah and catching up for the week, having a nosh after the service, talking Torah and eating a light supper, then ending up with Havdallah with the children and Rabbi Norry playing the guitar.
Following is a general guide to the services schedule. Specific information on service times each day is also available.
All Shabbat services are under Rabbi Hillel Norry's direction, with lay congregants leading the services and reading the Torah. These services provide a meaningful way to fully experience the joy of the Sabbath. Friday night services begin with Mincha, Maariv and Kabbalat Shabbat. Our popular Shabbat at Shearith combines a traditional Friday night dinner with services and learning. Saturday morning services include a full Torah reading and a memorable sermon, followed by a tasty kiddush. Shabbat concludes on Saturday evening with a light meal, Seudat Shelishit, and a beautiful Havdalah service with guitar-playing and singing.
Children on Shabbat
Children are welcome in the sanctuary during services, but also have the option of attending a program appropriate for their age level.
Babysitting for children 1 to 3 years old is available
Shearith Israel offers morning and evening daily minyans. The minyanaires, our group of regulars, are the heart and soul of the congregation, providing a friendly, supportive community for anyone in mourning, observing a yahrtzeit, or seeking prayer and community. The Torah portion is also read on Monday and Thursday mornings and, as an added bonus, bagels and lox and schmoozing follow on these days.
Shearith Israel fills the Jewish calendar with services and celebrations. Whether it is the coming together on the High Holy Days, wearing costumes to hear the reading of the Megillah on Purim, enjoying meals outside in the Sukkah, or studying together late into the night on Shavuot, every holiday is a special time at Shearith Israel.
Shearith Israel is distinguished by the active involvement of our congregants in all facets of our religious services. Men and women, young and old, and at all levels of experience are invited to ascend the bima and lead your colleagues. If you'd like to participate, or inquire about learning more, please contact the people below.
Leading Services and Reading Haftorah: Contact Michael Froman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Torah Reading: Contact Andrea Seidel Slomka at email@example.com.
Torah Aliyot and Other Honors: Contact Carla Jacob at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Minyan, Kaddish and Leading Services: contact Bob Diskin at email@example.com.