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Temple Israel is an egalitarian, Conservative Synagogue serving Ridgewood and vicinity, with a current membership of 300 families.  We are proud to share some key highlights of our hamish community.

 

 

Spiritual Leadership

We are blessed to have the leadership and warmth of Rabbi David Fine, Cantor Caitlin Bromberg, and Associate Rabbi Sharon Litwin.  Our knowledgeable and dedicated congregants provide lay leadership for special events when requested by congregants.

   
Sacred Services  
   
   Friday

Kabbalat Shabbat services take place at 8:30 pm.  Family services are held once a month at 7:00 pm (in lieu of the 8:30 pm service.)

   
   Saturday

Shabbat services take place 9:00 am – noon.  We take pride in our high level of member participation and spirituality.  Children’s programming for grades K – 3 take place weekly.  Babysitting is available for children ages newborn – 4 years.  Junior Congregation for 3rd – 7th grade is held 1-2 times per month.

Rabbi Fine leads thoughtful interactive discussions during Shabbat services, based on the weekly Torah portion.  Cantor Bromberg leads spirited participatory prayers and shares prayer teachings.  The children of our congregation regularly lead prayers and are honored on the bimah every week at the conclusion of the Shabbat service.

   
   Sunday 9:30 am - 10:15 am morning minyanim take place at the shul followed by a bagel breakfast sponsored by our Men’s Club.  In July and August, congregants open their homes to host Sunday morning minyanim and brunch.
   
   Tuesday 7:45 pm – 8:00 pm evening minyan at the shul.
   
   Holidays All holidays and festivals are joyfully observed throughout the year.  Congregants receive complete schedules of holiday services in Temple Talk, our monthly newsletter.
   
Sacred Community Our congregants warmly support one another during all life cycle events, including b’rit milah and baby namings, B’nei Mitzvah, Aufruf and Weddings.  Shiva minyanim are held in mourner’s homes with Temple Israel members offering spiritual and emotional support.
   
Religious School We partner with Temple Beth Sholom in Fair Lawn and host the Northern New Jersey Jewish Academy (NNJJA). Our full-time Director of NNJJA is Rabbi Sharon Litwin.  The Pre-K (3 & 4 year olds) through Kitah Hey (7th Grade) classes are taught by outstanding and dedicated professional Jewish educators including our Rabbi and Cantor.  Cantor Bromberg provides all Bar/Bat Mitzvah training and also teaches Torah leyning skills at the popular Torah Club, which meets weekly for students grades 4-12.
   
Youth Groups We host three successful Youth Groups:  El Al for grades 4-5, Kadima for grades 6-8, and USY for grades 9-12.  Our youth groups include children from our religious school and from area Jewish day schools.
   
Groups/Activities Youth, Sisterhood, Men’s Club, Chesed (Lovingkindness)
Tikkun Olam (social action), Hazak (seniors)
Inspired adult education & lifelong learning programs
Dynamic Israel Action Committee
Food & clothing drives, homeless shelter, blood drives
River clean ups
Interfaith services and community service programs
Monthly family Shabbat services
Membership socials
   
Traditions Yom Kippur break-the-fast
Sukkot dinners and a neighborhood Sukkah Hop
Simchat Torah dancing & jelly apples
Chanukah celebration & boutique
Purim costume parade & carnival
   
Facility Expansion & modernization in ‘01
High Holiday seating for 1000
Banquet hall seating for 250
Modern kosher kitchen
Bridal suite
8 classrooms
Extensive religious & cultural library
Youth lounge
   
History 1952 Established on Oak Street in Ridgewood
1962 Moved to new facility on Grove Street
1992 Education wing expansion
2001 Major expansion & renovation

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