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Brooklyn Synagogues


Congregation Beth Elohim

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.

Bay Ridge Jewish Center
405 81 Street
Brooklyn, NY 11209
Denomination: Conservative
Clergy: Rabbi Dina Rosenberg
Interfaith Friendly: Yes
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: No
Hebrew School: Yes, Once a week, Ages, 5-13
Description: Bay Ridge Jewish Center is an egalitarian congregation. We are here to make Judaism joyful, accessible, intellectually stimulating and welcoming to you

Congregation B’nai Avraham – Chabad of Brooklyn Heights
117 Remsen St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-596-4840 x18
Denomination: Orthodox
Clergy: Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: Yes, Membership not required for enrollment
Hebrew School: Yes, One day a week, Ages 5-10
Description: Chabad of Brooklyn Heights is a community-based organization servicing the needs of the Jewish populations of Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn. We provide prayer services, holiday programs and events, as well as support and assistance for all, regardless of affiliation and background. Our aim is to encourage and enhance Jewish awareness, knowledge and observance by providing a warm, welcoming community with activities appealing to both members and non-members.

Temple Beth Emeth v’Ohr Progressive Shaari Zedek
83 Marlborough Rd.
Brooklyn, NY 11226
Denomination: Reform
Clergy: Rabbi Heidi Hoover
Interfaith Friendly? Yes
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: No
Hebrew School: Yes, Frequency varies according grade, Ages 4-16, Membership required for enrollment.
Special Needs: We are a small school and we approach each child as an individual, addressing whatever their needs are. Hebrew lessons are highly individualized, which allows us to accommodate every child’s learning needs.
Description: We are a Reform congregation dedicated to Judaism as a living and growing faith. Wherever you’re coming from in your relationship with Judaism, this is a place to explore where you want to go.  Our community is a mix of people: married and single; with and without children; straight and LGBTQ; Jewish and not Jewish; many races, ethnicities, and ages. We value every soul, young to old, and every person’s contribution to our community.

Chabad of Brooklyn Heights
117 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Denomination: Chabad
Clergy: Rabbi Aaron Raskin
Tot Shabbat: No
Preschool: Yes
Hebrew School: Yes, Once a week, Ages 5 – 12, Membership not required
Description: Welcome to Congregation B’nai Avraham, the Orthodox synagogue in Brooklyn Heights. As the only Orthodox synagogue in the neighborhood, we serve a unique role in accommodating people with divergent religious backgrounds and at varying levels of observance. We welcome all! Our goal is to increase the level of Jewish awareness, knowledge and observance by providing a warm, welcoming community with activities to appeal to people at all levels and with varying interests.

Congregation Mount Sinai
250 Cadman Plaza West
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Denomination: Independent egalitarian
Clergy: Rabbi Seth Wax
Interfaith Friendly: Yes
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Hebrew School: Yes, Two days a week, Grades Pre-K – 7
Special Needs: We do our best to provide a learning environment tailored to students’ learning needs
Preschool: Yes, Membership required for enrollment
Description: Congregation Mount Sinai is a warm, intimate, and welcoming community that is open to all. Our small size enables us to offer a more personal approach to Jewish life, learning, and community.

Kolot Chayeinu
1012 Eighth Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Denomination: Progressive Independent
Clergy:  Rabbi Ellen Lippmann, Cantor Lisa Segal
Interfaith Friendly:  Yes
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool:  No
Hebrew School:  Yes, Once a week, Grades 2 – 8, Membership required for enrollment
Description: Kolot Chayeinu / Voices of Our Lives is a Jewish congregation in Brooklyn, where doubt can be an act of faith and all hands are needed to build our community. We are creative, serious seekers who pray joyfully, wrestle with tradition, pursue justice and refuse to be satisfied with the world as it is. As individuals of varying sexual orientations, gender identities, races, family arrangements, and Jewish identities and backgrounds, we share a commitment to the search for meaningful expressions of our Judaism in today’s uncertain world.

Park Slope Jewish Center
1320 Eighth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 768-1453
Denomination: Conservative
Clergy: Rabbi Carie Carter, Cantor Judy Ribnick
Interfaith Friendly: Yes
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: Yes
Hebrew School: Yes, One or two days a week depending on grade, Grades K – 7, synagogue
membership required
Special Needs: We have hired a dedicated staff member to focus entirely on inclusion and integration
efforts for our community’s children with special needs.
Description: Families of all backgrounds feel comfortable at Park Slope Jewish Center. We are a traditional Jewish synagogue with a non-traditional community. People are drawn to our wonderful Rabbi Carie Carter because she is kind, wise, spiritual and incredibly non-judgmental. Wherever you are, we meet you. Our congregation is made up of interfaith families, LGBT families, biracial families, and families who are exploring their Jewish path. We invite you to come try our service and please find a staff member to say hello!

Prospect Heights Shul
365 St. Marks Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Denomination: Modern Orthodox
Clergy: Rabbi Ysoscher Katz
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: No
Hebrew School: No
Description: We are a young and growing community of Jews in Brownstone Brooklyn, passionatelycommitted to the study of Torah and observance of Halakha. We hope you’ll join us in building a vibrant, open, Modern Orthodox, broad-minded, Jewish community that cultivates a love of Torah, a philosophy of inclusiveness, and who meaningfully and respectfully interacts with all Jews, regardless of affiliation, commitment, or background.

Union Temple
17 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238
718-638 7600 ext 2
Denomination: Reform
Clergy: Rabbi Linda Henry Goodman, Cantor Ben Harris
Interfaith Friendly: Yes
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Special Needs: The synagogue is a participant in UJA-Federation of New York’s Synagogue Inclusion Project – House of Learning for all People: Opening Our Synagogues to Include People with Disabilities.

*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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