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Congregation Shirat Ha Yam organizes weekly kabbalat Friday Shabbat Services at 6:30 pm unless otherwise noted. All are welcome in peace. Saturday Study Sessions are held at 9:30 am for “schmooze”, 10:00 – 11:00 am for study.

A full list of our services and activities is available by clicking here.

All of our services and activities are available online and some are also gathering in-person. All require registration / RSVPs. Details will be provided in emails and on this website in event listings. If you have any questions, please contact us at or 508-228-6588.

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January 2021

The Future of Israel – A Discussion with Ambassador Ido Aharoni

January 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

We are thrilled to welcome Ido Aharoni to Shirat HaYam. Aharoni is Isreal's longest-serving Consul-General in New York and the tri-state area to date. He held that position with the rank of Ambassador for six years (2010-2016), overseeing the operations of Israel’s largest diplomatic mission worldwide. He has also served as  Global Distinguished Professor for international relations at New York University’s Graduate School of Arts and Science.  The discussion begins at 5:00 pm on January 15th, 2021. To register for…

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Nantucket Interfaith Council presents Justice 2021 in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 18 @ 6:00 pm

At 6:00 pm on January 18th, 2021, join our island’s interfaith leaders as they explore through prayer, sacred readings, and music the goal of justice in our community, our nation, and throughout the world. Shirat HaYam's own Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor and Cantorial Soloist Elliot Z. Levine will participate in this wonderful service. To register for this service, click: HERE

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The Matzo Ball Diaries, A Virtual Dramatic Performance by The Braid

January 24 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

On Sunday, January 24th at 2:00 pm, Shirat HaYam will be sponsoring "The Matzo Ball Diaries, A Virtual Dramatic Performance by The Braid." This is a virtual salon event with storytelling through a series of vignettes with content that appeals to your senses. Laughter, tears, and maybe even a little tugging at your heart are possible as you encounter powerful stories, sure to trigger some nostalgia that might bring you back to your own family's culinary traditions while also learning about…

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February 2021

Pres. Clinton’s Defense Sec’y William Cohen: Foreign and Domestic Policy

February 17 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

On Wednesday, February 17 at 8 pm EST, we are continuing support with Jews United for Democracy and Justice, a Los Angeles coalition that has organized the "America at a Crossroads" series of lectures, which we will be able to join. We welcome William Cohen, former Senator (R: Maine) and former Secretary of Defense under President Clinton. He will speak on: "A Republican Discusses the Future: Foreign & Domestic Policy in a Hyper-partisan World." To register for this event, click;…

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Kabbalat Shabbat Service and Purim Costume Contest

February 26 @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

5:15 pm - Costume Contest 5:30 pm - Purim Service 5:45 pm - Kabbalat Shabbat Service Our  February 26th, 2021 Purim Costume Contest, Purim Service and Kabbalat Shabbat Service will be led by Rabbi Gary Bretton- Granatoor.  Everyone is encouraged to wear a costume to service. Whoever wants to join at 5:15 pm can enter the costume contest. A panel of judges will award Best Costume and Runner-up in three age categories with prizes: 20 & under: $50 gift card…

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March 2021

“Mini” Film Festival – Online Discussion with Cellin Gluck, Director, Persona Non Grata

March 3 @ 7:30 pm

  The first March adult education program is a “mini” film festival. Beginning on February 26 until March 3, you will have an opportunity to watch two films at your leisure. The films: Persona Non Grata, the story of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat who, against his country’s orders, issued visas to Jewish refugees, saving over 6,000 lives. The second film, Sugihara Survivors: Jewish and Japanese, Past and Future about Chiune Sugihara and some of the "Sugihara survivors" whom he…

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A Journey Through Jewish Rome: From the Forum to the Ghetto

March 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

On Sunday, March 14, Jeff Jackson Travel, in partnership with Imago Artis Travel, will present an immersive virtual travel event exclusively for Congregation Shirat HaYam. We will virtually travel with leading guides and historians -- via live broadcast -- will trace the history of Rome’s Jewish community in a period that spans over 2,000 years. From the Forum, we’ll meet our guide in the Rione Sant’Angelo, a quiet neighborhood hidden in the heart of the city. At each corner of…

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Kabbalat Shabbat Service

March 19 @ 5:30 pm

This Kabbalat Shabbat Service will be led by Saul Kaiserman, Director of Lifelong Learning at Temple Emanu-El, NYC, and our satellite Hebrew school campus here on Nantucket. The service will be guided by the Shabbat Evening Service Selections from Gates of Prayer for Shabbat, available as a download by clicking HERE.

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Off-Season Adult Education: A tour of the Israel Museum’s exhibit: Veiled Women of the Holy Land

March 21 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The final March Adult Education Program is a recreated tour of an exhibit shown at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem through February 29, 2020. The veiled and shrouded women, covered head to toe in black, their capes dragging in the wet road, could well be medieval lepers. Perhaps under their layers of clothing, they carry a bell to warn the unwary. Please join us for a guided tour of this past exhibit, including stunning photographs of Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, and Greek Orthodox…

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April 2021

Yam HaShoah Remembrance and Book Discussion with Ryan Cooper

April 8 @ 7:00 pm

On Thursday, April 8th, Shirat HaYam will have a Yam HaShoah Remembrance event to honor those who lost their lives during the Holocaust. Ma'ariv Service led by Elliott Pollack.  Clich HERE to download the service. Memorial Candle Lighting by Susan Levine Following our Service, there will be a discussion with author Ryan Cooper who in his 20's became pen pals with Otto Frank, the father of Anne Frank. Through dozens of letters and several face-to-face meetings, the two forged a friendship…

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