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Middlesex County Synagogue Directory

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Chabad

CHABAD HOUSE LUBAVITCH
170 College Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732-296-1800 T | 732-828-6890 F
Contact: Rabbi Baruch and Sarah Goodman; Fallon Gross, President

This is THE best place to meet fellow students, whether it’s at our massive 500-student Friday night dinners, our Wandering Jew Wednesdays or, out Thursday night challah|dessert baking or any of our other amazing programs. You can celebrate being Jewish with us, no experience necessary! Just come for some inspirational times.

CHABAD HOUSE OF EAST BRUNSWICK
P.O. Box 6362
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
732-579-8273 T
Chabad of East Brunswick Jewish Community Center’s mission is to reach out to others with acts of goodness and kindness. We’re a community based nonprofit organization whose efforts are rooted in traditional Jewish values. We are dedicated to promoting and encouraging Jewish life in a warm and welcoming environment for all people, regardless of background, level of commitment, affiliation, and/or financial means. We provide a wide array of educational services, programs, and events to the Jewish community in East Brunswick.

Chabad Jewish Community Center is “Your Home for Everything Jewish,” offering material, emotional, and spiritual support – with unconditional love and complete respect – to anyone who walks through our doors.

CHABAD HOUSE OF MONROE TOWNSHIP
4 Kelly Court
Monroe Twp., NJ 08831
609-655-7727 T
Contact: Rabbi Yehuda Spritzer

Chabad’s underlying doctrine is “Ahavat Yisrael” (“love for a fellow Jew”). Chabad recognizes no differences between Jews; its goal is to serve the spiritual and physical needs of each Jew regardless of affiliation, wherever he or she may be, with understanding and with love. Chabad House of Monroe, founded in 2002 with the blessings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, is nurtured and supported by concerned members of communities in Monroe Twp. Chabad is dedicated to the re-establishment and strengthening of our Judaic faith, principles, identity, commitment and pride.

CHABAD JEWISH CENTER OF MONROE
261 Gravel Hill Rd
Monroe Township
732-656-1616 T | 609-655-2200 F
Contact: Rabbi Eliezer & Chanie Zaklikovsky

Chabad Jewish Center of Monroe has weekly Shabbat services at 9:30am.

CHABAD HOUSE OF NORTH AND SOUTH BRUNSWICK
4100 Route 27, South Brunswick, NJ 08540
732-522-5505 T
Contact: Rabbi

Chabad House – Lubavitch Jewish Center Of North & South Brunswick has been active in the community for many years. In 1978, Rabbi Yosef Carlebach moved to the area and established Chabad House – Lubavitch of Central and South Jersey. After years of various successful programs and activities in the North & South Brunswick communities, Rabbi Yosef Carlebach saw a need for a full time rabbi to serve the area. Chabad House Jewish Center of North & South Brunswick is an affiliate of Chabad House-Lubavitch at Rutgers University

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Chavurot

CHAVURAT KOL HANESHAMA
East Brunswick Elks Lodge
21 Oakmont Avenue
East Brunswick, NJ
732-390-8676 T
Contact: Email

Chavurat Kol Haneshama is a group of individuals that comes together to celebrate the Shabbat in a spiritual manner. The group meets once monthly on Friday evenings at 7:45 p.m. for Kabbalat Shabbat services and once monthly on Saturday mornings at 9:45 a.m. for Shabbat morning services. Services, normally led by Jules Frankel, are egalitarian and Conservative in nature and focus on and celebrate the musical and spiritual beauty of our liturgy.

HIGHLAND PARK MINYAN
Highland Park, NJ
732-247-9160 T
Contact: Email highlandpark.minyan@gmail.com

The Highland Park Minyan is a participatory havurah that features egalitarian Shabbat and holiday services and celebrations conducted by members. The Highland Park Minyan meets at 10:00am on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Shabbat each month for traditional services, lively discussions, singing, and kosher pot-luck dairy lunches.

The Highland Park Minyan encourages both men and women to participate fully in all ritual activities. We are innovative while strongly rooted in Jewish tradition, and welcome all Jews and all those who are interested in Judaism. Our active members include singles, young couples and seniors. We use Siddur Eit Ratzon, developed by one of our members, for our services.

KHAL CHASSIDIM OF HIGHLAND PARK
Meets monthly at member’s homes
732-937-5904
NEW JERSEY’S LESBIAN & GAY HAVURAH
PO Box 2576
Edison, NJ 08818
732-650-1010 T
Contact: Email

New Jersey’s Lesbian & Gay Havurah is a community of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Intersexed Jews and their friends throughout NJ. Our members represent the full spectrum of Jewish backgrounds and observances. NJLGH provides cultural, religious, educational & social programming that reflects and celebrates the diversity of our community. We advocate and educate, within the larger Jewish and Gay communities, for the collective interests of our constituency.

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Conservative

CARTERET JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER
44 Noe St
Carteret
732-541-5500 T
CONGREGATION BETH-EL
91 Jefferson Boulevard
Edison, N.J. 08817-3537
732-985-7272 T | 732-572-4674 F
Contact: Office

Congregation Beth El of Edison is a conservative, egalitarian synagogue with a warm family atmosphere.  It has a very active Men’s Club, Sisterhood, Triple Chai Club, USY and Kadima, bowling and softball teams.  Rabbi Rosenberg teaches the Hebrew High School class and all the Bar and Bat Mitzvah students.  We have an excellent Hebrew School and Sunday Funday program.  Services are Friday night 7:30 PM and Saturday mornings 9:30 AM. Synagogue dues are very reasonable and no one is ever turned away.

CONGREGATION BETH MORDECAI
224 High Street
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
732-442-2431 T
Contacts: Rabbi Ari Saks

We are a startup with a history. Established in 1897, Beth Mordecai’s history boasts noted rabbis and cantors. Today, we are a small and caring institution with an entrepreneurial spirit. Physically connecting our history with our present is an unparalleled, majestic sanctuary. Culturally connecting us is a tradition of liberal values which guides us in being innovative and creative in connecting the generations to each other. Building strong inter-generational relationships and placing family education at the center of our approach to Jewish living forms the core of that commitment. With our new, young rabbi and a commitment to being a strong religious presence in the historic city of Perth Amboy, we are poised to successfully mix the old with the new and launch our synagogue as a platform for Jewish living in the 21stcentury. Join us on our journey of building a Jewish home for the soul.

CONGREGATION BETH OHR
70 Route 516
Old Bridge, New Jersey
732-257-1523 T
Contact: Rabbi Joel Mishkin
CONGREGATION B’NAI TIKVAH | JCC OF NORTH AND SOUTH BRUNSWICK
1001 Finnegan’s Lane
North Brunswick, NJ 08902
732-297-0696 T | 732-297-2673 F
Contact: Rabbi Robert Wolkoff; Office Administrator
CONGREGATION NEVE SHALOM
250 Grove Ave
Metuchen, NJ 08840
732-548-2238 T
Contact: Rabbi Gerald Zelizer

Congregation Neve Shalom is the leading egalitarian Conservative synagogue in Central New Jersey. For over seventy years, we have been more than a house of prayer. Our synagogue has been a second home for our members. Our numbers are growing every year. Neve Shalom boasts a vibrant Men’s Club and Sisterhood. Our youth programming is the envy of the community. Our calendar is full of events and programs that are meant to teach and inspire. Above all, we have fun and are truly one large family

EAST BRUNSWICK JEWISH CENTER
511 Ryders Lane
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
732-257-7070 T
Contact: Rabbi Joshua S. Finkelstein; Ellen Botwin, Executive Director

EBJC, a leading congregation in Central Jersey for over 50 years, is committed to fostering traditional Jewish life and creating opportunities for our Jewish community to find a meaningful and purposeful connection to God.

EBJC is a welcoming community, based on Torah, Prayer, and Social Action, where Israel and Shabbat are central and all are respected. Within our building, our members are inspired to seek God through the Prayer, Study of Torah, the performance of Mitzvot, and Social Action. At EBJC we are all on a spiritual journey. While some may be beginning their journey and others farther along the way, at EBJC we are committed to fostering each individual’s personal journey through a supportive and welcoming community.

We have an active Hebrew school that fosters a love of learning and our Early Childhood Learning Center is a wonderful, fun, warm and loving environment for children between the ages of 2 and 5.

HIGHLAND PARK CONSERVATIVE TEMPLE AND CENTER | CONGREGATION ANSHE EMETH (HPCT-CAE)
201 South Third Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904
732-545-6482 T | 732-246-3100 F
Contacts: Rabbi Eliot Malomet; Sam Kamens, President

HPCT-CAE is a community of caring Jews that is committed to strengthening the future of the Jewish People. With our diverse backgrounds and philosophies, we come together to nurture our Jewish identity, to celebrate Shabbat and Festivals, and to worship as one.

JEWISH CONGREGATION OF CONCORDIA/MONROE TOWNSHIP
Concordia Shopping Center
1600 Perrineville Road / P.O. Box 6852
Monroe Township, NJ 08831
609-395-1952 T
Contact: Eli Perlman, Spiritual Leader

The Jewish Congregation offers its membership of almost 2,000 a plethora of religious, educational, and social programs. Included in our offerings are lectures, films, courses, visiting the sick, and celebrations of all holidays. It has truly become the focal point of activity for the local Jewish community. The Jewish Congregation also prides itself in being active in and supporting the affairs of the larger community.

TEMPLE BETH AHM
550 Lloyd Road
Aberdeen, New Jersey
732-583-1700 T | 732-583-5054 F
Contacts: Rabbi Michael Pont; Joanne Boyd and Maryalice Chech, Office Managers

For Temple Beth Ahm, one of our most important goals is to create a strong sense of family for our members. Beth Ahm means “house of the people”. But for anyone involved in our congregation, it is more that just a house; it is a home.

Our Temple brings people together through a rich array of both religious and social activities. We celebrate life as a family, and we comfort one another in times of sorrow and loss. The strength of the Temple Beth Ahm family provides us with a link to our past and serves as a foundation for the future. Regardless for whether you come to Temple Beth Ahm as a married couple, a family, or as a single member, our congregation can provide you with the security of being part of ‘am yisrael, the Jewish people.

TEMPLE BETH EL
1489 Hamilton St.
Somerset, NJ 08873
732-873-2325 T
Contact: Rabbi Eli Garfinkel

Temple Beth El has furthered the ideals of Conservative Judaism by providing its members with a variety of religious, educational, social and cultural services. Its proudest achievement is the creation and continuous nurturing of a warm, caring congregation, spanning all age groups and finding in Judaism the basis for rich, fulfilling lives.

A vibrant congregation guided by a young, energetic rabbi, Temple Beth El is small enough to know every member and large enough to provide a full range of Jewish activities. Temple Beth El of Somerset is affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

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Education | Outreach

Chai Central Bar/Bat Mitzvah Prep & Hebrew School
732-333-3220 T

Chai Central Hebrew School offers an education and memories that will inspire children for a lifetime. We create an environment that fosters creativity and supports your child’s unique style of learning. Our curriculum instills pride, a sense of history, love for the land of Israel and a genuine understanding of what Judaism is all about. We offer a unique approach in Judaic studies. Our program is designed for elementary school-age children (ages 6-14) who are otherwise not receiving a formal Jewish education.

A Project of Chabad of East Brunswick

TORAH LINKS OF MIDDLESEX COUNTY
4 Cornwall Drive, Ste., 1A
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

732-613-1613 T | 732-613-1670 F
Contact: Rabbi Dovid Gross; Rabbi Shlomo Blandau

Torah Links of Middlesex County (formerly known as Project Gesher) is a Jewish education and outreach organization serving the Middlesex County community. The goal of Torah Links is to help connect Jews, regardless of their affiliation or level of religious observance, with the beauty and richness of their Jewish heritage in order to promote Jewish continuity.

Centrally located in East Brunswick, the  Torah Links Family Learning Center hosts a wide variety of classes and programs that provide children, teens and adults with numerous opportunities to explore Judaism in an exciting and uplifting fashion. Our JEPY Hebrew School serves the educational needs of children in grades 1-7, and our M.T.V. (Mitzvot, Torah & Values) groups are geared to give teens a positive continuing Jewish education experience.

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Orthodox

CENTER FOR JEWISH LIFE
176 Route 79
Marlboro, NJ 07746
732-316-7600 T
Contact: Rabbi Yossi Kanelsky

Center for Jewish Life located in the heart of Marlboro serves the Jewish community of Middlesex and Monmouth Counties. Our warm and inviting congregation welcomes all Jews regardless of background or affiliation. We offer many programs for the community for young and old; a vibrant Hebrew School, Bat Mitzvah and Bar Mitzvah Clubs, Women’s Circle, Senior Center visits, Torah Classes and exciting Holiday programs and events. We have Shabbat services on Friday night and Shabbat day followed by a sit-down Kiddush.

We take pride in our growing community and are committed to strengthening Jewish awareness and values.

CONGREGATION AGUDATH ISRAEL OF EDISON/HIGHLAND PARK
1131 Raritan Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904
732-985-1111 T
Contact: Reuvain Drucker, Rabbi
CONGREGATION AHAVAS ACHIM
216 South First Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904
732-247-0532 T
Contacts: Rabbi Steven Miodownik; Dr. Barry Levinson, President

Congregation Ahavas Achim has served Central New Jersey for over 100 years as a center for prayer, learning and charity. We aspire to create a peaceful atmosphere for religious life and growth as we serve God together. Ahavas Achim strives to create a welcoming environment for every Jew. As a Torah-observant congregation, we respect and welcome Jews of every background. We stand committed to living a Halakhic life within the context of modernity – in our homes at work, among our neighbors and peers, in volunteer organizations, and in political life.

CONGREGATION OHAV EMETH
415 Raritan Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904
732-247-3038 T
Contacts: Rav Eliyahu Kaufman; Alan Novick

Congregation Ohav Emeth is located in the geographic center of the Highland Park / Edison observant community in New Jersey. Our membership spans the range of halacha-committed Jews, with an attitude of achdut (unity) and religious tolerance. We share a love for Medinat Yisrael and a serious commitment to Torah study for every age and gender and at every level. We have a multitude of ongoing educational and social programs as well as frequent special events.

CONGREGATION OHR TORAH
48 Edgemount Road
Edison, NJ 08817
732-777-6840 T | 732-777-6851 F
Contacts: Rabbi Yaakov Luban; Allen Kessel
CONGREGATION POILE ZEDEK
145 Neilson Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732-545-6123 T | 732-545-0394 F
Contact: Rabbi Avroham Mykoff; Danny Ravitz, President

Congregation Poile Zedek is an Orthodox Ashkenazic synagogue located in New Brunswick. We offer daily morning, Shabbat and holiday services, and are committed to Torah education and community service.

About 100 families belong to the synagogue, which holds daily as well as Sabbath services. In recent years, new families as well as the recent influx of Russian immigrants have begun to revitalize the congregation. Students from Rutgers University, just a few blocks away, often join us for services.

CONGREGATION SHAAREY TEFILOH
15 Market Street
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
732-826-2977 T
Contact: Leo Gursky 732-826-2977

An active synagogue, with the only area mikveh, looking for members. Our weekly Shabbat services are followed by a bountiful kiddush, providing members with an opportunity to socialize and greet newcomers.

YOUNG ISRAEL OF EAST BRUNSWICK
193 Dunhams Corner Road
East Brunswick 08816
732-254-1860 T
Contacts: Rabbi Jay Weinstein; Moshe Strauss, President

The Young Israel of East Brunswick is an orthodox synagogue, whose primary goal is to create a communal atmosphere of Limudei Kodesh, Tzedakah and Gemilat Chesed.Our facility at the Young Israel of East Brunswick features sanctuary seating for 400, a Beit Medrash, a beautiful social hall, various classrooms, and community Mikvah. The appeal of the YIEB, however, extends far beyond our new walls.

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Reform

ANSHE EMETH MEMORIAL TEMPLE
222 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732-545-6484 T | 732-745-7448 F
Contact: Rabbi Bennett Miller; Rabbi Philip Bazeley; Cantor Anna West Ott; Executive Director, Heather Kibel

Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple is a vibrant congregation with members who live in many different communities in central New Jersey. We use an egalitarian approach to worship, programs, and leadership and we are an active member of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).  We  provide educational opportunities for all ages, with a daycare center serving infants through preschool, a thriving religious school for children from pre-k through high school, and a very full program of options for adult study. We have an exceptional music program including choirs for children and adults, an all volunteer band, and cultural programs such as a film series, concerts & a book discussion group.

CONGREGATION ETZ CHAIM | MONROE TOWNSHIP JEWISH CENTER
11 Cornell Ave
Monroe Twp, NJ
732-251-1119 T
Contacts: Rabbi Benjamin Levy, Cantor Jack Kusher, Principal Allen Newman

Congregation Etz Chaim Monroe Twp Jewish Center is a center for Reform Jewish life in Monroe Township, New Jersey. We offer a full range of educational opportunities from Hebrew School for K-7, a post Bar/Bat Mitzvah high school program, a wide range of adult education events and adult bnei mitzvah classes. Shabbat services are held weekly at 6:30 on Friday night, Saturday Torah study at 9:30 and worship at 10:30. An active sisterhood, youth group and other social events provide communal opportunities for all.

ROSSMOOR JEWISH CONGREGATION
272 C Middlebury Lane
Monroe Township N.J. 08831
609-655-1495 T
Contact: Arnold Jasper

TEMPLE B’NAI SHALOM
P O Box 957
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
732-251-4300 T
Contact: Rabbi Eric Milgrim; Cantor Marnie Camhi

Temple B’nai Shalom is a spirited, diverse community, founded in 1973. A member of the Union for Reform Judaism, our temple is egalitarian in nature and encourages the active participation of our congregational community. We offer a wide variety of religious, spiritual, educational and social programs to our congregation and the community at large.

Temple B’nai Shalom’s Daniel Pearl Education Center is the only school-based center in the US dedicated to the ideals of the late Daniel Pearl. Activities of the DPEC include: Active integration of DPEC themes into the curriculum of the temple’s educational programming, Confirmation program and adult education program, Celebration of Daniel Pearl Music Days, a global celebration, An annual trip to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, for Temple B’nai Shalom’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah class and the eighth grade class at East Brunswick’s St. Bartholomew’s parochial school, A videotaping program of area Holocaust survivors by temple teens, planned “teaching tolerance” symposium for area religious and public school teachers, and much, much more.

TEMPLE EMANU-EL
100 James St.
Edison, NJ 08820
732-549-4442 T
Contact: Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg; Cantor Jacqueline Marx; Jewell Hirschorn, Temple Administrator

Temple Emanu-El is a liberal Reform congregation, home to some 250 families. Our history reveals a proud record of leadership in social issues and inclusive membership policies.

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Secular Humanist

I.L. PERETZ COMMUNITY JEWISH SCHOOL
Somerset
732-545-9691 T
Email

We are a secular Jewish school and community in Central New Jersey. Our school for children ages 5 through 13 meets Sunday mornings from September to May. The curriculum emphasizes historical and cultural approaches to the study of our Jewishness. Our Jewishness is reflected in our commitment to each other, to Tikkun Olam, repair the world, and to make a shenere un bessere velt, a more beautiful and better world. Classes are directed toward understanding our people’s past and enriching our present lives as Jews.

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Sephardic

CONGREGATION ETZ AHAIM
230 Denison Street
Highland Park, NJ 08904
732-247-3839 T
Contacts: Rabbi David Bassous; Ray Morris, President

Congregation Etz Ahaim take pride in being one of the warmest, friendliest and most welcoming congregations in the community. Our doors are always wide open to members of the local Raritan Valley community, as well as to people living outside our area. Respecting the beautiful customs and traditions of our faith, Congregation Etz Ahaim is an orthodox Sephardic synagogue. Morning and evening services are held daily. Child care and a children’s program are offered on Shabbat and Yom Tov. All of our Shabbat services are followed by a bountiful sit-down kiddush, providing members with an opportunity to socialize, greet new worshipers, and informally meet our rabbi, Rabbi David Bassous.

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Student

RUTGERS HILLEL
9 Bartlett Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732-545-2407 T | 732-932-1063 F
Contacts: Rabbi Esther Reed, Senior Associate Director for Jewish Campus Life; Rabbi Adam Frieberg, Jewish Learning Initiative Rabbi; Andrew Getraer, Executive Director

Rutgers Hillel creates opportunities for all Jewish students at Rutgers University’s New Brunswick/Piscataway campus to deepen their connection to Jewish identity and community. Hillel’s goal is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Hillel is dedicated to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all Jewish college students, where they are encouraged to grow intellectually, spiritually and socially. Hillel helps students find a balance in being distinctively Jewish and universally human by encouraging them to pursue tzedek (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world) and Jewish learning, and to support Israel and global Jewish peoplehood. Hillel is committed to excellence, innovation, accountability and results.

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Women’s Tefilah Group

WOMEN’S TEFILAH GROUP OF RARITAN VALLEY
Highland Park, NJ
732-214-9631 T
Contact: Susan Hornstein

Tefillot are held in private homes. In winter, Shabbat morning of Shabbat Rosh Hodesh or Shabbat Mevarchim. From April to August, Shabbat mincha of same. Occasionally, we meet on a different weekend to accommodate a simcha. We meet monthly, more or less.

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