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Our members come from across the street and across the river. While our geographic pull is strongest from Manhattan’s Upper West and Upper East Sides, there are SAJers living in Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and every neighborhood of Manhattan.
Our membership mix includes Jewish families of all kinds and ages—single adults, couples, and families with children. Some parents who now bring their own children to Shabbat services, grew up in the congregation; others discovered us in their search for am education program for their children that was innovative, meaningful and fun. We come from divergent Jewish upbringings and levels of practice, and we welcome diverse families of varying composition, including interfaith couples and gay and lesbian Jews.
What brings us together? Our reasons for joining and participating are as diverse as our membership and as varied as our programming. At its core, SAJ is imbued with spiritual and intellectual curiosity. We also remain committed to the Jewish ideal of tikkun olam, doing what we can to fix the world.
The best way to see if our synagogue is a good fit for you or your family is to drop in for a service, lecture, or activity that piques your interest. Come experience the quiet meditation on a Shabbat morning or the lively discussion following the melodic Torah service. Enjoy the informal and engaging classes or the zany antics as we read the Megillat Esther on Purim. Be enthralled by a literary discussion or inspired by an expert on how microcredit is providing financial opportunities in Third World countries.
We look forward to meeting you. If you come to services or an event, please introduce yourself to any congregant, the rabbi or the cantor —and ask questions. You can also call the SAJ office and talk to Debbie Rudt, our Administrative Director, at 212 724-7000.
The SAJ Membership Application can be found by clicking here.
Fri, 24 February 2017
28 Sh'vat 5777
welcome to the sAJ community
We’re a community that believes it’s possible to lead a 21st-century life that is deeply rooted in both Jewish tradition and contemporary civilization. Judaism helps us find meaning and inspiration as we seek to lead lives committed to spiritual growth, social justice, and building community. We welcome the richness that diversity brings to this community, where we learn about, struggle with, and even question our Judaism as we continue to "reconstruct" it for our times.
Upcoming Events at SAJ
Shabbat, Feb 25th 10:30a to 12:30p
Shabbat, Feb 25th 10:30a to 11:30a
Shabbat, Feb 25th 11:30a to 12:00p
With Special Guest Speaker/Teacher Tamara Fish Saturday, February 25, 2017, 11:30am (during services) Tamara Fish, scholar and writer, will speak and facilitate a discussion about race and the Jewish community. Tamara Fish is a New York City resident, a Jew of Color, and a former synagogue president. Ms. Fish has presented extensively about Jews of Color and her writings about race and Judaism recently appeared in The Forward.
Shabbat, Feb 25th 1:15p to 2:15p
Intertextuality—that every text reads every other text, was "discovered" in the twentieth century. The knowledge of this phenomenon, however, was known to Jewish scholars for at least the past millennium, and is most simply observed in the relationships that may be perceived between torah and haftorah. We will read such texts on each of these three Shabbats to discover and discuss the significance of textual correspondences. We will use some time for discussion in small groups led by Dolores DeLuise, a PhD and recently retired professor of English. She has lectured extensively, nationally and internationally, authored journal articles, textbooks, book chapters in anthologies, translations, and published a number of pieces of creative non-fiction. Dolores has been an SAJ member since 1982, has been Kallat Bereshit, and has taught frequently. Taught by SAJer Dolores DeLuise. This week, we will discuss Torah: Mishpatim / Haftarah -- Shabbat Shekalim / II Kings 12:1 - 12:17
Tuesday, Feb 28th 4:00p to 6:00p
Tuesday, Feb 28th 7:00p to 8:30p
Learn more about the new Makom Shabbaton program for grades 4-6. Bring questions and dreams.
Wednesday, Mar 1st 7:30p to 8:30p
Fair Trade Trio, a professional string trio that regularly performs around New York and The States to secure a place for classical music in society by fairly compensating musicians and seeking new ways to connect with audiences. Founding member and SAJer Ashley Windle (violinist) and founding board member and SAJer Jason Smoller (oboe), inspire their audiences with their talent. Tickets will be available at the SAJ door or on Eventbrite (see SAJ’s Facebook Page for link) General Admission—$25, Seniors—$20, Students—$15
Thursday, Mar 2nd 7:15p to 9:00p
We will look at some of the stories about King David and about King Ahab and Queen Jezebel and the use and abuse of power. Their stories also include the role of those willing to speak truth to power such as the prophets Nathan and Elijah. One session will focus on the role of those on the margins of society, for example, women and their own particular use of "power" despite the limitations of their marginality.
Friday, Mar 3rd 6:15p to 9:00p
Led by Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann Shabbat is a time for community and joy, so we are introducing “Shabbat Kef” -- a time for SAJ members of all ages to get together and have fun! We will begin with Shabbat blessings and pizza dinner, followed by board games, hanging out and Rikudei Am (Israeli dancing) in the Social Hall. All ages and abilities most welcome!
Shabbat, Mar 4th 9:00a to 9:55a
Join Rabbi Lauren to learn more about a shabbat service--the order and format. Questions are welcome.
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