Featured Programs

User-Friendly Service

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

SAJers have expressed an interest in finding ways to make our Shabbat morning service more accessible to those not familiar with it. In response, we will try to do this in a number of ways.

This first class is from the balcony.   Rabbi Joy Levitt will guide you through the service. You will be able to see and hear the service and yet ask questions about what is going on as Joy explains the structure of the liturgy. 

There will be childcare (ages 4 and older) beginning at 10:00AM.

Cantor's Circle

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 1:15pm to 2:00pm

Come join Cantor Lisa for this exciting new monthly Shabbat program! Cantor Lisa curates this eclectic musical programming that has something for everyone. Every session will have a different theme, chosen from both Jewish and American, and sometimes both, musical traditions. Some are led by Cantor Lisa and others will be led by SAJ congregants. Themes range from a Drum Circle to American folk singing to classical music to Jewish chant.

Turkish Themed Shabbat Service and Dinner

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 6:30pm to 10:00pm

We begin with  Turkish rhythm infused Friday night service.  Afterwards, SAJ members are invited for a Turkish meal, prepared by SAJ members.  Cost is $25 and reservations must be paid in advance.  Contact Michelle to register.

Hattan Torah/Hattan Bereshit Reception

Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm

Join us to honor Hattan Torah—Rabbi Michael Strassfeld and our Hattan Bereshit—David Meer.

We will hear the stories of these two outstanding people in our community.  Afterwards, celebrate afterwards with a wine and dessert reception.

Music Service

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Join us at SAJ for our special Music Service accompanied by SAJ's resident band. The band is led by Naomi Less, singer and guitarist, and included Glenn Grossman on percussion, Brian Gelfand on keyboard and David Meer on double bass. Click here to see a sample music video.

This year's Music Service dates are: November 15, December 13, January 10 and 31, 2015, March 14, and May 9

Revolutionary Jewish Learning Experience for Children Grades 4 - 8

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For children in grades 4th - 7th, the Jewish Journey Project (JJP) is a new, revolutionary Jewish learning experience for children and their families.

The whole community becomes a living classroom where every learner's individual interests and abilities help shape an inventive, personalized, experiential curriculum. JJP offers multiple pathways toward a lifelong commitment to Jewish life and values.

Please call our office at 212-724-7172 for more information.

Rabbi Strassfeld Thoughts

The Challenge of Modernity

The question of the role of non-Jews in the Jewish community is part of a larger conversation about the place of Jews in the modern world. How should we respond to the challenges of an open society that welcomes Jews to be fully integrated in that society? One statistic alone says it all-Jews are the most admired ethnic group in America today.

SAJ Essentials

The Spiritual Life of the SAJ

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The SAJ is committed to the spiritual lives of its congregants. Congregants take an active role in all aspects of the service. Cantor Arbisser welcomes everyone to sing with her throughout the service. Rabbi Strassfeld leads a Torah discussion as opposed to delivering a sermon.

Welcoming Family Services

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Our interactive family services are rich with story telling, singing, movement and connection—a service where no one is a stranger and everyone is a friend.

Community Meals

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Community meals are an important part of the SAJ community. Learn about our potluck dinners and Shabbat Kiddush.