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Joining a Synagogue is a very personal decision.  It shouldn't ONLY be because your children need to start Kesher (Hebrew School) or you have a child in our CEL Preschool and it's cheaper for members.  Joining a Synagogue is like finding a second home. This is where you not only pray, but where you socialize, where you learn and where you feel comfortable. Making a connection is truly important and that's what we want.  We want you to connect; connect with the Rabbi, with the Cantor and with the members of our community as you have so many things in common.  Before making a decision to join any Synagogue, you should talk to the clergy, come to services, take a class or join in a social activity. You will NEVER be pressured to join, we will talk to you, we will schmooze and we will welcome you when you are ready.

Our year begins July 1st and ends June 30th the following year. Membership categories are Full Family (2 adults with or without children), Individual (a single person with or without children), Senior Family, Senior Individual and Associate (family that is a full dues paying member of another synagogue).  Whenever a new family or individual joins, we offer our "New Member Program". The first year dues is 33% of the category in which they belong, the second year is 66% and the third year is full. We will NEVER turn away a family that wishes to belong to our community, but is having difficulty financially. We will talk, we will come to an agreement and you will be welcomed (reduced dues are kept in the strictest of confidence as this information is NEVER released).

So what's the first step?  Call!  Ellen Botwin, our Executive Director will be happy to talk to you, provide guidance and information.  She can be reached at 732-257-7070 x5 or

What are you waiting for???




Thursday, September 23 @ 8:00 PM, Sara Aharon, “The Jews of Afghanistan: History, Culture, and Muslim-Jewish Relations”

This program will explore the history of Afghanistan’s Jewish community, from its religious and social life to Muslim-Jewish relations. Spanning from the Jewish community’s origins to the development of its Jewish institutions, Sara Aharon will take us back to the story of a small Jewish community that lived in relative peace with its Sunni Muslim neighbors.

Thursday, November 4 @ 8:30 PM, Professor Sam Kassow, Trinity College, “Who Will Write Our History?”

Includes two weeks access to the film

 In 1940, in the Jewish ghetto of Nazi-occupied Warsaw, the Polish historian Emanuel Ringelblum established a clandestine scholarly organization called the Oyneg Shabes to record the experiences of the ghetto’s inhabitants. For three years, members of the Oyneg Shabes worked in secret to chronicle the lives of hundereds of thousands as they suffered starvation, disease, and deportation by the Nazis. Shortly before the Warsaw ghetto was emptied and razed in 1943, the Oyneg Shabes buried thousands of documents from this massive archive in milk cans and tin boxes, ensuring that the voice and culture of a doomed people would outlast the efforts of their enemies to silence them. In 2018, Professor Kassow’s book was made into a film directed by Roberta Grossman. Program registrants will receive a link to view the film at their convenience in the two week period prior to the program, so be sure to register early!



Sunday, October 17 @ 1:00 PM, ”Poland – The Epicenter of the Ashkenazi World in 1939” – A Virtual Historical Tour with Mike Hollander

 In 1939, this country was the epicenter of Ashkenazi Jewry. So many of our Jewish ideas and so much of culture comes from this here, in which 10% of the pre-WWII population was Jewish. This virtual journey will go to Warsaw, Krakow, and Auschwitz-Birkenau, and will touch upon 3 central themes - 1,000 years of Jewish life in Polin, the period of the Shoah from 1939-45, and the complicated post-WWII to the present period of resuscitation of Jewish life in Poland, as well as the strengthening of ties between Israel and Poland.


Sunday, November 14 @ 1:00 PM, “Russia: St. Petersburg and Moscow – The Pale and Beyond” – A Virtual Historical Tour with Mike Hollander

 Many Ashkenazi Jews say that their parents/grandparents/great grandparents came from ‘Russia,’ however most likely they didn’t! Jews - by and large - were not allowed to live in what is today the Russian Federation (including St. Petersburg and Moscow) until 1860. From that period until the Russian    II in 1881, the Russian Revolution, the Great Patriotic War (WWII), the Cold War, and Glasnost - had tremendous impact on the Jewish population in this part of the world. They also had a profound impact on North American Jewry. This journey will visit these cities and examine how these events have and continue to impact Jewish identity in these places, as well as in North America and Israel.


Sunday, February 6 @ 1:00 PM, “The Golden Age of Jewish Life in Sepharad/Spain – Guide for the Perplexed” – A Virtual Historical Tour with Mike Hollander

 For centuries, the Jewish community of Spain was one the world’s most significant. It’s creative achievements in the arts, sciences, literature, medicine, diplomacy, etc. were unprecedented for a Diaspora community, largely because of the interaction and integration of the Jewish community in Muslim Spain. All this ended during the same year that Columbus set sail to discover America. What is the legacy of this important community? We will visit some of the more important Jewish centers, including Córdoba, birthplace of Maimonides, Granada, home of the beautiful AlHambra Palace, where Ferdinand and Isabel issued their expulsion order, as well as the beautiful synagogues of Toledo. The presentation will also touch upon the complexity of minority/majority relations, the tension between integration and assimilation, and celebrating the rich legacy of Sephardic Jewry.


Sunday, January 9 @ 1:00 PM, “A Virtual Tour of Jewish Rome” with Sara Pavoncello

Participants will learn about the history of the Jewish Community of Rome, the oldest in Europe, from its beginning in 161 BCE to modern times. Using pictures, maps and videos, Sara will speak about the bond between Jerusalem and the Colosseum, about the Ghetto that started in 1555 and ended just in 1870. She will explain how this terrible experience affected life and traditions of the Jews of Rome in both good and bad way. A special focus will be about the Shoah, the Nazi occupation, and how her family and other community members survived. We will learn about typical Jewish Roman traditions such as delicious Kosher recipes, the Giudaico Romanesco (their unique language) and the origin of some of the typical Jewish Roman last names. 


Sunday, April 3 @ 12:00 PM (Rain Date April 10), “A Virtual Walking Tour of Venice’s Jewish Ghetto” with Luisella Romeo

The ancient Jewish ghetto in Venice is in the Cannaregio district, one of the most authentic Venetian areas in the city, and yet quite unknown to tourists. In a multicultural and multiethnic city, as Venice was, in an area far away from the centre of power, the Jewish ghetto was born in 1516. We will try to understand what distinguished this area from all other Jewish quarters in Europe at that time as well as learn the history of the Venetian Jewish community till nowadays

Tue, November 30 2021 26 Kislev 5782