Membership at SAJ is about fueling and sustaining a vision of joyful, egalitarian, justice-rooted Judaism. Joining SAJ means being part of and contributing to a Judaism that Stands for All.
At SAJ, membership is more than a financial commitment — it is becoming part of something that is bigger than oneself. It is about finding compatriots to pray with, to learn with and from, and to celebrate life’s joys and to receive support as we experience inevitable personal challenges and setbacks. It is raising children in a congregation where they can gain a strong Jewish identity and an understanding of being a human being.
Who are our members?
We believe our congregation’s diversity is one of its strengths. SAJ members are a mix of ages and genders, single adults, couples with or without children. Our members are interfaith, Jews of color, queer, straight, practicing, non-practicing, older, and younger. Some of us lean towards the tradition, others rebel against it. Some us are pray-ers and some of us find spiritual meaning at the kiddush lunch. Our members come from Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and every neighborhood of Manhattan, with sizable communities in Washington Heights and on the Upper East Side.
What unites our diverse membership is a down-to-earth vibe, an interest in living our lives among and with others, and a desire to explore how Judaism can enrich our own lives and inspire us to be better people.
We welcome you!
SAJ’s services and programs are open to all. We invite you to experience the music of Tiferet on Friday nights and Hiddur on Saturday mornings, or the unique torah discussions, the lay-led tish, or a lecture or social justice speaker — anything on our calendar that piques your interest. If you let us know ahead of time (email@example.com or SAJ membership chair, Janet Brain), we will make sure that you are greeted in SAJ’s signature style.