Featured Programs

The SAJ Welcomes Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann

Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann

The SAJ Community extends a warm welcome to our new rabbi,

Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann

Rabbi Lauren begins her term on July 1, 2015 and will lead her first service at the SAJ on Saturday, August 1.

There will also be a family service in the Social hall, followed by kiddush on the roof that day.

Social Concerns Committee Environmental Project - Trail Maintenance on the Terrace Pond South Trail

Spring is here.  We begin our fourth year of trail work on the Terrace Pond South Trail, in Wawayanda State Park, in Northern New Jersey.  In the last three years, we made 15 trips to the trail and made great progress in putting this beautiful but somewhat neglected gem back into good condition. 

Because of dire weather forecasts, the planned trail work excursion for June 21 was cancelled.  Malcolm Spector has rescheduled this work for next Sunday, June 28.

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.