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Central New Jersey Synagogues

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Planning to do some synagogue shopping in Middlesex or Monmouth counties in New Jersey? Whether you grew up as an avid synagogue goer or preferred to hang out in the hallways (or elsewhere) on Friday nights, there comes a time in many parents’ lives when they begin looking for a synagogue for their family.

You might be searching for a place to hold a baby naming ceremony, a preschool, a Hebrew school, or for somewhere to find your Shabbat or holiday groove. No matter the reason, finding the perfect fit for you and your family can be even harder than finding the perfect pair of jeans. But don’t despair! We have compiled a list of synagogues in the area to help you get started on your search.

The fine print: The information on this page was provided by the respective synagogues and as such we can’t ensure the accuracy of any particular entry. Want more information? Give them a call, check out their website, and maybe even plan a visit. Not listed here and want to be? Email us at mmc@kveller.com.

 Aberdeen

Temple Beth Ahm
550 Lloyd Rd
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
732-583-1700
info@templebethahm.org
Denomination: Conservative
Clergy: Rabbi Lisa S. Malik, Ph.D.
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: Yes
Hebrew School:
Grades K – 7
Synagogue membership required
Meets 2 days a week
School Size: 25 – 50 students
Description: Temple Beth Ahm is a welcoming, multi-generational, spiritual community, conveniently just minutes away from Exit 117A of the Garden State Parkway. We are committed to traditional-egalitarian Conservative Judaism as a meaningful way of life. Our spiritual leader, Rabbi Malik, encourages each of us to be “willing, learning, and striving” to climb up the ladder of learning and mitzvot; she enthusiastically embraces and inspires every one of us, no matter where we are on our spiritual journeys.

Temple Shalom of Aberdeen
5 Arymont Lane
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
732- 566-2621
membershalom@gmail.com
Denomination: Reform
LGBTQ friendly
Interfaith families are welcome

Clergy: Rabbi Laurence Malinger
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: Yes
Hebrew School:
Grades K – 12
Synagogue membership required after 3rd grade
Number of days per week vary according to age
School Size: 25 – 50 students
Special Needs: We offer large-print prayer books, assistive listening devices, and have a ramp leading up to our bimah.
Description: Temple Shalom is an inclusive community; we welcome all who come through our doors and offer a wide range of activities and programs for all ages.

East Brunswick

East Brunswick Jewish Center
511 Ryders Lane
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
732-257-7070
info@ebjc.org
Denomination: Conservative, Egalitarian, Traditional
Clergy: Rabbi Joshua S. Finkelstein
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: Yes
Hebrew School:
Ages 3 – 18
Membership not required
School Size: 100 – 200 students
Special Needs: Physical, academic, and emotional needs are accommodated on an individual
basis.
Description: EBJC has a diverse member base of 450 families. We have a high percentage of members who volunteer and give of their time to promote social, spiritual, and family events. We are a very open and welcoming community.

Temple B’nai Shalom
15 Fern Road
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
732-251-4300
office@bnaishalom.com
Denomination: Reform
LGBTQ-friendly
Interfaith families are welcome
Clergy: Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer, Cantor Andrew Edison
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: No
Hebrew School: 
Grades K – 10
Membership required
1 – 2 days per week
School Size: 100 – 200 students
Special Needs: We offer large-print prayer books and have a ramp into the Temple building and up to the bima. We also make accommodations to help special needs children to learn in our religious school and to become bar or bat mitzvah.
Description: Temple B’nai Shalom is a welcoming, uplifting and inclusive Reform congregation dedicated to enriching the lives of our congregants through worship, education, community, social action and support of the Jewish people and Israel. In these ways, we hope to make our love and study of Judaism our guide through the challenges of modern life.

Torah Links of Middlesex County
4 Cornwall Dr., Suite 100A
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
732-613-1613
mdlsx@torahlinks.org
Denomination: Outreach
Clergy: Rabbi Shlomo Landau
Tot Shabbat: No
Preschool: No
Hebrew School:
Grades 1 – 12
Membership not required
Meets one day a week
School Size: 100 – 200 students
Interfaith: Torah Links believes that every Jew has a right to be a part of the Jewish community!
Description: We offer user-friendly services, study opportunities in various formats and locations, and dozens of religious and social events. Torah Links brings a new dimension to everyday Jewish life.

Young Israel of East Brunswick
193 Dunhams Corner Rd
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
732-254-1860
officemanager@yieb.org
Denomination: Orthodox
Clergy: Rabbi Unterman
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: No
Hebrew School: No
Description: We focus on cultivating relationships with God and with each other, always striving for spiritual and moral growth in a warm, positive, and caring atmosphere.

Edison

Temple Emanu-El
100 James St
Edison, NJ 08820
732-549-4442
templeemanuel@edisontemple.org
Denomination: Reform
LGBTQ-friendly
Interfaith families are welcome.
Clergy: Rabbi David Vaisberg, Cantor Aviva Marer
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: No
Hebrew School:
Grades K – 12
Membership required for grades 3 – 7
3 days per week
Special Needs: We are certified to offer accommodations for students with special needs.
School Size: 100 – 200 Students
Special Needs: The Temple facility is completely ADA compliant, including our bimah and bimah table, which allows individuals in wheelchairs to read from the Torah. We also provide assisted listening devices for the hearing impaired and large-print prayer books for those who need. Our religious school offers special needs accommodations when necessary.
Description: Temple Emanu-El truly welcomes people from all backgrounds and all walks of life. We are proud of our leadership in social action—we have a food pantry servicing the community, we completed an environmental certification program, and participate in numerous social action causes in the US, Israel, and worldwide.

Elberon

Temple Beth Miriam
180 Lincoln Ave
Elberon, NJ 07740
732-222-3754
tbmoffice@bethmiriam.org
Denomination: Reform
LGBTQ-friendly
Interfaith families are welcome
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: No
Hebrew School:
Grades K – 12
Membership required for grades 3 – 7
Number of days per week varies by grade
Students with special needs can usually be accommodated
School Size: 100 – 200 students
Special Needs: All restrooms and sanctuary accessible and ADA compliant.
Description: Beth Miriam is a warm congregation, fully egalitarian, embracing, non-judgmental, learning environment, a place of joy and community. We won’t try to make you into something else and all levels of Jewish experience are welcome.

Freehold

Chabad of Freehold
351 Stillwells Corner Rd
Freehold, NJ 07728
732-972-3687
rabbib@cginj.com
Denomination: Chabad
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: No
Hebrew School:
Ages 5 – 13
Membership not required
1 day per week
School Size: 10 – 25 students
Description: Chabad of Freehold is a place where you can feel at home.

Freehold Jewish Center
59 Broad St
Freehold, NJ 07728
732-462-0254
office@freeholdjc.org
Denomination: Traditional, Orthodox
Clergy;
Rabbi Ira Samuel Grussgott, Cantor Aaron Heller
Tot Shabbat:
Yes
Preschool: Yes
Hebrew School:
Ages 8 – 13
Membership required
1 day per week & weekend services
School Size: 10 – 25 students
Description: We strive to be open and inclusive while respecting age-old and venerated tradition in our worship, learning, and social practice.

Highland Park

Congregation Etz Ahaim
230 Denison Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904
732-247-3839
info@etzahaim.org
Denomination: Orthodox, Sephardic
Clergy: Rabbi David Bassous

Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: Yes
Hebrew School: No
Description: We are a synagogue following the Sephardic tradition. Our original congregants came from Turkey and the Greek city of Salonica. We are a small organization and take pride in being a warm and welcoming place.

Highland Park Conservative Temple-Congregation Anshe Emeth
201 South Third Ave 
Highland Park, NJ, 08904
732-545-6482
info@hpct-cae.org
Denomination:
Conservative, Egalitarian, Traditional
LGBTQ-friendly
Interfaith families are welcome
Clergy:
Rabbi Eliot Malomet
Tot Shabbat:
Yes
Preschool: Yes
Hebrew School:
No
Description:
HPCT-CAE is a pluralistic Conservative synagogue with about 200 people coming together each Shabbat morning to daven and share a communal Shabbat experience. For about a decade now, during the Torah service, some of our congregants remain in the sanctuary and others move into our chapel. One week the sanctuary is egalitarian for the Torah service and the chapel is what we term “moreshet,” or male-led service; the following week it flips. We then all join again for the rabbi’s sermon and the conclusion of services.

Long Branch

Chabad of the Shore
620 Ocean Ave
Long Branch, NJ 07740
732-229-2424
info@chabadshore.com
Denomination: Traditional, Chabad
Clergy:
Rabbi Laibel Schapiro
Tot Shabbat
: Yes
Preschool: Yes
Hebrew School:
Ages 5 – 13
Membership not required
1 day per week
School Size: 100 – 200 students
Special Needs: Chabad of the Shore hosts Hand in Hand for unique High Holiday services and holiday programming for children with special needs and their families.
Description: Chabad has set the dictum of “Love thy fellow as thyself” as the defining factor in its unquestioning acceptance of every single Jew. Chabad recognizes no differences between Jews; its goal is to serve the spiritual and physical needs of each Jew regardless of affiliation with understanding and with love. Chabad offers exciting and educational services, programs, and events designed to make Judaism accessible to all Jews.

Congregation Ohel Simha
295 Park Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
732-571-2711
business@ohelsimha.com
Denomination: Orthodox

Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: No
Hebrew School: No
Description: Ohel Simha is the center of Jewish life for the surrounding area. As the congregation expanded over the years, the rabbis and leaders of Ohel Simha took special care to maintain the warm feeling of the early days as a small neighborhood minyan.

Manalapan

Chabad of Western Monmouth
24 Wickatunk Rd
Manalapan, NJ 07726
Rabbi@chabadwmc.org
Denomination: Chabad
Clergy: Rabbi Chazanow
Tot Shabbat:
Yes
Preschool: Yes
Hebrew School:
Ages 6 – 13
Membership not required
Number of days per week can be customized, private lessons also available
School size: 100 – 200 students
Description:
We are a warm community shul open to all Jews of all backgrounds and hold monthly family-friendly services. We have a kiddush at the end of services where we get together to schmooze and create community.

Temple Shaari Emeth
400 Craig Rd
Manalapan, NJ 07726
732 462-7744
administrator@shaariemeth.org
Denomination: 
Reform
LGBTQ-friendly
Interfaith families are welcome
Clergy:
Rabbi Melinda Panken, Cantor Wayne Siet
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: Yes
Hebrew School:
Grades K – 12
Membership required after 3rd grade
School Size: 200+
Description: Temple Shaari Emeth is a vibrant, inclusive community. We are engaged in lifelong learning and spiritual searching, and are committed to justice and social responsibility. We are bound together by Jewish heritage and traditions, while embracing our diversity. We seek to foster meaningful relationships within our congregation, with the Jewish people, with Israel, and with humanity. We honor the past and joyously celebrate in the present in order to nourish a Jewish future.

Congregation Sons of Israel
33 Gordons Corner Road
Manalapan, NJ 07726
732-446-3000
rpilavin@gmail.com
Denomination: Traditional
Interfaith families are welcome
Clergy: Rabbi Robert Pilavin
Tot Shabbat: No
Preschool: Yes
Hebrew School:
Ages 8 – 13
Membership not required
Meets one day per week
Description: We are a traditional shul serving a traditional and non-traditional population. Our weekly sit down kiddush allows for extensive socialization on every Shabbat morning. Minyan is held every morning and evening. Rabbi is warm and approachable.

Marlboro

Center for Jewish Life
176 Route 79 North
Marlboro, NJ 07746
732-316-7600
info@cjlnj.com
Denomination: 
Orthodox
Clergy: 
Rabbi Yossi Kanelsky
Tot Shabbat: 
No
Preschool: No
Hebrew School:
Grades 5 – 12
Membership not required
1 day per week
School Size: 100 – 200 students
Description: Center for Jewish Life works to preserve Jewish identity and continuity for Jews from all walks of life and all levels of Jewish knowledge by providing educational, spiritual, and cultural community services.

Marlboro Jewish Center
103 School Road West
Marlboro, NJ 07746
732-536-2300
info@mjcnj.com
Denomination: Conservative
Clergy:
Rabbi Michael Pont, Cantor Wayne Krieger
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: Yes
Hebrew School:
Grades K – 12
Membership required after 3rd grade
Number of days per week varies by grade
School Size: 200+
Description:
We are a 600 family congregation that provides educational and programming opportunities for all ages and various interests.

Temple Rodeph Torah
15 Mohawk Drive
Marlboro, NJ 07746
732-308-0055
office@trt.org
Denomination: Egalitarian, Reform
LGBTQ-friendly
Interfaith families are welcome
Clergy:
Rabbi Don Weber
Tot Shabbat:
Yes
Preschool: No
Hebrew School:
Ages 5 – 18
Membership required for grades 3 and up
Number of days per week varies by grade
Special Needs: All children are accommodated and we have small-group and individual instruction for students on the autism spectrum
Class Size: 100 – 200 students
Special Needs: Our building is fully accessible.
Description: Our goal is to help people explore Judaism and Jewish life. Our popular Rock Shabbat services are held on Saturday mornings, early Friday evenings, and late Friday evenings, and we regularly offer experimental worship experiences. We invite serious study—for children and adults—and serious opportunities to make a difference in the community.

Metuchen

Neve Shalom
250 Grove Ave
Metuchen, NJ 08840
732-548-2238
office@neveshalom.net
Denomination: Conservative, Egalitarian
LGBTQ-friendly
Interfaith families are welcome
Clergy:
Rabbi Eric Rosin, Hazzan Sheldon Levin
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: Yes
Hebrew School:
Grades K – 12
Number of days per week varies by grade
Special Needs: We provide personalized programming as needed
School Size: 100 – 200 students
Special Needs: The entire building is wheelchair accessible and we have a ramp for access to the bimah in the sanctuary.
Description: Every Jewish journey is unique. Neve Shalom is here to support you on your journey. Together, we build One Community.

Monroe Township

Congregation Beit Shalom
1600 Perrineville Road – Suite 26-28
Monroe Township, 08831
609-395-1952
admin@beitshalomnj.com
Denomination: Conservative, Egalitarian
Clergy: Rabbi Eli B. Perlman
Tot Shabbat: No
Preschool: No
Hebrew School: No
Special Needs: We welcome congregants with special needs. Our synagogue is outfitted to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers.
DescriptionCongregation Beit Shalom offers Minyanim every day. We offer Egalitarian services on Shabbat and Yom Tov.

New Brunswick

Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple
222 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732-545-6484
temple@aemt.info
Denomination: Egalitarian, Reform
LGBTQ-friendly
Interfaith families are welcome
Clergy:
Rabbi Bennett Miller, Rabbi Philip Bazeley, Cantor Anna West Ott
Tot Shabbat:
Yes
Hebrew School:
Grades Pre-K – 12
Number of days per week varies by grade
Membership required
Special Needs: Children with learning differences receive specialized instruction from a qualified instructor
School Size: 200+
Preschool: Yes
Description:
Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple is committed to Reform Jewish values that highlight the study of Torah, life-long learning, and tikkun olam (repair of the world), while embracing growth within our congregation and the Jewish community. We offer dynamic educational programs for learners of all ages, including daycare, religious school for children in pre-k through 12th grade, and youth groups. Adult learners enjoy Torah study, classes from basic Judaism and Hebrew to Talmud, guest speakers, and scholars-in-residence. We have an exceptional music program including a children’s choir, teen choir, adult choir, and the Awesome Family Band, and cultural programs such as a film series, concerts, and book discussions.

North Brunswick

Congregation B’nai Tikvah
1001 Finnegans Lane
North Brunswick, NJ 08902
732-297-0696
president@bnaitikvah.org
Denomination: Conservative, Egalitarian
LGBTQ-friendly
Interfaith families are welcome
Clergy:
Rabbi Robert Wolkoff, Cantor Bruce Rockman
Tot Shabbat:
Yes
Preschool: Yes
Hebrew School:
Grades K – 12
Membership required for grades K – 7, first year is free
Number of days per week varies by grade
Special Needs: We employ a special needs learning consultant and aides
School Size: 100 – 200 students
Special Needs: 
We work with each individual or family to understand and accommodate special needs. We have a ramp leading up to our bimah, reserved seats during the High Holidays, and assistive listening devices.
Description: 
Congregation B’nai Tikvah is a Conservative, egalitarian synagogue led by highly-regarded, engaging clergy who set a vivacious and energetic spiritual tone. We offer a wide spectrum of programs and activities to meet everyone’s needs, including social events, educational sessions, youth groups, uplifting services, family and youth Shabbat services, Jewish and Israeli cultural events, and much more. Our youth groups for middle school and high school students are among the most active and engaged in New Jersey.

Old Bridge

Congregation Beth Ohr
70 County Rd 516,
P.O. Box 206
Old Bridge, NJ 08857
732-257-1523
congregationbethohr@gmail.com
Denomination: Conservative, Egalitarian
LGBTQ-friendly
Interfaith families are welcome
Clergy:
Rabbi Joel Mishkin
Tot Shabbat:
No
Preschool: No
Hebrew School:
o
Special Needs:
We have an elevator that provides access to our sanctuary, all-purpose room, and rest rooms. We have a ramp that provides access to the ark, parking spaces close to the synagogue entrance for those who have difficulty walking, and large print prayer books.
Description: Our warmth and feelings of extended family make our synagogue unique. Our arms are open to accept new members into our warm embrace and our members are supported through happy and sad moments in life.

Perrineville

Perrineville Jewish Center
855 Perrineville Road
Perrineville, NJ 08535
732-334-8774
joinpjc@gamil.com
Denomination: Conservative, Egalitarian, Interfaith-friendly
Interfaith families are welcome
Clergy: Rabbi Sheldon Schevelowitz
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: No
Hebrew School:
Ages 8 – 13
Membership required
One day a week
School Size: 25 – 50 students
Special Needs: Due to our small class sizes, we are able to offer one one one assistance to those requiring a more individualized approach without the need to hire an outside tutor or pass the expense on to our families. Our Teachers, Rabbi and Associate Rabbi happily work with any special needs students to make them as successful as possible and will tailor a special Bar/Bat Mitzvah service, if necessary, to make that child feel comfortable and shine on their special day.
DescriptionPJC is a proud 107-year-old synagogue that is evolving to support the 21st century needs of Jewish families in the Millstone community and surrounding areas. PJC focuses on creating a warm, family friendly environment where adults and children can learn about their Jewish heritage, faith and values. We welcome all families with open arms. Our Rabbi’s primary focus is our children and aims to make each child feel special. . He makes each child feel special by inviting them to lead services on Friday nights and to run parts of the service on Saturday morning. Our Hebrew School Hebrew School is an interactive, engaging and fun place to learn, make friends and grow within the Jewish community. Because we are a small shul, every student is guaranteed their own Bar/Bat Mitzvah date.

Perth Amboy

Congregation Beth Mordecai
224 High St
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
732-442-1373
Officebethmordecai@gmail.com
Denomination: Conservative
Clergy: 
Rabbi Ari Saks
Interfaith: We openly welcome interfaith families, offering special lifecycle events that correspond to individual family decisions regarding raising their children. We also provide a support system and mini-interfaith community for families who come from different faith backgrounds.
Tot Shabbat: 
Yes
Preschool: No
Hebrew School: No
Description: 
We are an intimate, laid back, intergenerational congregation that enjoys spending time with one another. When people walk in they leave with a smile and look forward to coming back. We meet people where they are and help them continue on their Jewish and life journey, wherever it may take them.

Red Bank

Congregation Beth Shalom of Red Bank
186 Maple Ave
Red Bank, NJ 07701
732-741-1657
rabbiharrison@gmail.com
Denomination: Traditional, Orthodox
Clergy:
Rabbi Dovid Harrison
Tot Shabbat:
Yes
Preschool: No
Hebrew School: No
Description:
Great synagogue—open and accepting to all. All are welcome!

Somerset

Temple Beth El of Somerset
1489 Hamilton St
Somerset, NJ 08873
732-873-2325
templebethelsomerset@comcast.net
Denomination: Conservative, Egalitarian
LGBTQ-friendly
Interfaith families are welcome
Clergy: 
Rabbi Eli Garfinkel
Tot Shabbat: 
No
Preschool: No
Hebrew School: 
Yes
Description: 
Temple Beth El is a warm and very friendly congregation. We are an egalitarian synagogue with a wonderful rabbi—the best orator you’ll ever hear! Come and join us for Friday evening Shabbat services or Saturday morning services or join us for the High Holidays—we’d love to have you!


 

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