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For information on how Shearith Israel is working to combat the spread of COVID-19, please visit the links on our homepage. All morning and evening services, as well as programming and meetings, are being held as virtual gatherings via Zoom. Please visit our homepage and calendar for additional details.

Machaneh Shai enrollment

CSI Staff will be happy to auto-enroll your child(ren) in Machaneh Shai for the upcoming year and save you the task of completing an online application. Please contact Nancy Gorod at to request auto-enrollment. 

Enrollment for the 2020 – 2021 Machaneh Shai school year is now open! 

There will be three options for Machaneh Shai:

  • K and 1st Grade: Shabbat or Sunday only (Enroll here)

  • 2nd – 7th Grades: Sunday and Wednesday OR Saturday and Wednesday (Enroll here)

  • 2nd – 7th Grades: Saturday only (Enroll here)

6th and 7th graders who attend on Shabbat will have a program geared towards their age including time in the main sanctuary, time to work on prayer skills, and time to learn about the parasha in an experiential way.

Why Machaneh Shai on Shabbat?

Your child will

  • enjoy the beauty and traditions of Shabbat
  • make deeper connections with other Jewish youth and the larger congregational community
  • learn in-depth Torah, Hebrew and prayer skills


  • To centralize Shabbat, bringing it back into people’s lives, and to reinvigorate Saturday mornings in the synagogue
  • To help foster deeper connections for participants with the larger congregational community
  • To be able to teach more in depth Torah, Hebrew and prayer skills to those who are looking for depth
  • To expose families to the beauty and tradition of Shabbat in a community

It is our goal for Shabbat mornings at Shearith Israel to be the Mercaz – center – for your Shabbat expression. Whether it be prayer services for families and young children, schmoozing over coffee, participating and singing in Minyan Shelanu, or learning about prayer, this will be the center for it to happen. We also want you to feel centered when you are here.

For more information on the Shabbat program, visit this page.

For the 2019 - 2020 Machaneh Shai calendar, click here.


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