Our members come from across the street and across the river.
SAJ is based in the Upper West Side but our members come Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and every neighborhood of Manhattan, with sizable communities in Washington Heights and the Upper East Side. Our membership mix includes Jewish families of all kinds, ages and genders —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 low and middle income countries (LMIC).
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.