Featured Programs

NY Area Reconstructionist Community Day of Learning

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 9:30am to 3:00pm

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The program, being held at the SAJ, will include a choice of workshops in the morning, lunch and a keynote given by Rabbi Deborah Waxman - President of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities-followed by another choice of workshops in the afternoon.

Jack T. Litman Memorial Lecture: Donniel Hartman

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman is the President of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, Israel.  He will speak on "Jewish Values and the Israel/Palestinian Conflict."

In the upcoming elections, Israeli citizens will determine the country's future, possibly for decades to come. What is the Israel we want?

As a resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict continues to elude us, we are witnessing not merely a shift in political perspectives, but in the core Jewish values that define Israel's national identity.

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

Revolutionary Jewish Learning Experience for Children Grades 4 - 7

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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.

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.