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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.
Tue, 25 April 2017
29 Nisan 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, Apr 29th 10:00a to 12:30p
Shabbat, Apr 29th 10:30a to 12:30p
Shabbat, Apr 29th 10:30a to 11:30a
Sunday, Apr 30th 10:00a to 5:30p
Tuesday, May 2nd 4:00p to 6:00p
Shabbat, May 6th 10:00a to 12:30p
Shabbat, May 6th 10:30a to 12:30p
Tuesday, May 9th 4:00p to 6:00p
Tuesday, May 9th 8:00p to 10:00p
Wednesday, May 10th 12:00p to 1:30p
Lunch and Learn: “Women in the Torah and Midrash: Exploring Genesis” Taught by Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann Bring your own nash, SAJ will provide drinks. RSVPs helpful (but ok to come regardless!) In each session, we will explore women and women’s roles as written in the Torah and explored in rabbinic midrash and/or modern interpretation. Through each session, we will look at texts and think critically about why the torah was written as it was and its implications for today.
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Society for the Advancement of Judaism
15 West 86th Street, NYC 10024