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Bronx & Queens Synagogues


Planning to do some shul shopping? No matter what your relationship was (or wasn’t) to synagogue in your childhood, the time comes in many parents’ lives when they need to find a synagogue for their family. You might be searching for a place to hold a baby naming, a Jewish preschool, a Hebrew school, or for somewhere to hit up on Shabbat and the High Holidays. No matter the reason, finding the perfect fit for you and your family can be even harder than finding the perfect pair of jeans, which is why we’ve compiled this list to help you get started.*  For more information about Tot Shabbats, click here.

Bronx Synagogues

Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale
475 West 250th Street
Bronx, NY 10471
Denomination: Conservative
Clergy: Rabbi Barry Dov Katz, Cantor Elizabeth Stevens
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: No
Hebrew School: Yes, One or two days a week depending on grade, Grades, K – 7, Membership required after the first year.
Special Needs: One on one or small group learning is available
Description: CSAIR is an exciting, traditional, egalitarian Conservative community. Our membership spans from singles, to young couples and families, empty nesters, and retirees. Our members represent a broad spectrum in terms of background and observance. We offer many options for becoming involved and expressing your Judaism whether through prayer, learning, or social action.

Queens Synagogues

Temple Beth Sholom
171-39 Northern Blvd
Flushing, NY 11358
Denomination: Reform
Clergy: Rabbi Sharon Ballan, Cantor Kathy Barr
Interfaith Friendly: Yes
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: No
Hebrew School: Yes, Two days a week, Ages 5 – 16, Membership required
Special Needs: We have many children with special needs and accommodate them. Please contact our educator for details.
Description: We are a vibrant, diverse liberal congregation in Northeast Queens.

Chabad of Long Island City
10-25 48th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
Denomination: Chabad
Clergy: Rabbi Zev Wineberg
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: Yes
Hebrew School: Yes, Once a week, Ages 4 – 12, Membership not required
Description: At Chabad of Long Island City the services are traditional, and are conducted in a joyous, casual atmosphere. Many of those who attend cannot read Hebrew, yet everyone feels at home. The prayer book is bi-lingual and various English readings are included in the service. Song and commentary add meaning and participation to the prayers. Children are included and most welcome.

Congregation Machane Chodosh
67-29 108th Street
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Denomination: Orthodox
Clergy: Rabbi Yossi Mendelson, Senior Rabbi Manfred Gans
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: No
Hebrew School: Yes, tuition-free
Description: Congregation Machane Chodosh is a traditional synagogue in Forest Hills. Our membership spans the age spectrum and embraces Jews of all backgrounds. The senior rabbi carries a German tradition that appreciates culture and history; while Rabbi Mendelson is experienced in outreach, speaks fluent Hebrew and understands Russian. With six children of his own running around the shul, your children will easily find friends their age while you are praying and enjoying the kiddush.

Free Synagogue of Flushing
136-23 Sanford Avenue
Flushing, NY 11355
Denomination: Reform
Clergy: Rabbi Michael Weisser
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: No
Hebrew School: Yes, Ages 6 – 13
Special Needs: We have a chair lift to the sanctuary. We are careful to accommodate all allergy and dietary concerns. 
Description: At nearly 100 years old, we are the oldest liberal Reform synagogue in Queens. Children are always welcome at services, and we gear several services a year to be especially engaging for families with children. During children’s services during major holidays, children and parents are invited to sit on the bima with the Rabbi to learn and sing together.

Hollis Hills Jewish Center
210-10 Union Turnpike
Flushing, NY 11364
Denomination: Conservative
Clergy: Rabbi David Wise, Cantor Sol Zim
Interfaith Friendly: Yes
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: Yes, Membership not required for enrollment
Hebrew School: Yes, Two days a week, Ages 5-14
Special Needs: We have teachers who work with our special needs children. We have a stair lift and handicapped-accessible restroom, large print prayer books and listening devices for those with special needs.
Description: The Hollis Hills Jewish Center is an egalitarian congregation in  Northeast Queens. With a tradition of over 50 years, we are a warm embracing congregation with an emphasis on learning and prayer. We are affiliated with United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism with an active nursery school, Hebrew school, daily minyan, award winning youth group, and a vibrant adult education program.

Marathon Jewish Community Center
245-37 60 Ave
Douglaston, NY 11362
Denomination: Conservative
Clergy: Rabbi Gary Greene
Tot Shabbat: No
Preschool: No
Hebrew School: Yes, One or two days a week, Grades K – High school, Membership required
Special Needs: The religious school has a resource room and a special education teacher on Sundays. Since our bimah doesn’t have a ramp, we bring the Torah down to the floor to accommodate anybody with an aliyah who can’t negotiate the stairs.
Description: We are small friendly synagogue. We strive to open doors of spirituality, social consciousness, and community for all those who cross our threshold. We work cooperatively with synagogues across the denominations lines in order to strengthen Jewish life in Northeast Queens and Western Long Island.

Kehillat Tikvah: A Jewish Community of Hope
P.O. Box 720649
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Denomination: Transdenominational
Clergy: N/A – We hire rabbis as we need them
Interfaith Friendly: Yes
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: No
Hebrew School: No
Description: We are an egalitarian, progressive Jewish congregation, a synagogue without walls.  Our vision of Judaism is inclusive of diverse personal orientations, lifestyles and family structures. We are committed to the full and equal participation of women and men in Jewish life; and we affirm the Jewishness of children who are raised as Jews by at least one Jewish parent, whether father or mother. We welcome and honor the involvement of the non-Jewish parents and other relatives in raising Jewish children, even as we understand that these individuals may or may not be oriented toward a Jewish spiritual path themselves.

Queens Jewish Center
66-05 108 Street
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Denomination: Orthodox
Clergy: Rabbi Simcha Hopkovitz, Cantor Aryeh Rendel
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: Yes
Hebrew School: No
Description: A warm, welcoming community known for its friendly congregants, inspirational services/classes and special events. These are just some of the reasons why people become a part of the “QJC Family.”

Young Israel of Sunnyside
4301A 46th Street
Sunnyside, NY 11104
Denomination: Orthodox
Clergy: Rabbi Nesanel Lerman
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: No
Hebrew School: No
Description: The Young Israel of Sunnyside is a traditional synagogue in Queens. Located in a culturally diverse neighborhood, we embrace Jews of all backgrounds and their families, and welcome everyone to our programs and services.

*Please note, we do not intend this to be a comprehensive list of ALL synagogues in your area.  The synagogues listed below elected to be listed on our site and took the time to answer all of our pesky questions.

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