Staten Island is home to a vibrant Jewish population. The community is home to Jewish schools, camps, kosher stores, and of course a number of synagogues. The variety of synagogues ensures that regardless of where you fall along the denominational spectrum, you will be able to find a unique community that is a great fit for your spiritual needs.


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Young Israel
Staten Island is home to two Young Israel synagogues. The Young Israel synagogues are part of a national organization made up of around 135 synagogues across the country and 25,000 member families. The Orthodox synagogues host daily services as well as classes, programming, and events. One is the Young Israel of Staten Island and is located in the heart of the Willowbrook Orthodox Jewish Community. The second is the Young Israel of Eltingville, located on Ridgewood Avenue.


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Temple Israel
Temple Israel Reform Congregation of Staten Island is Staten Island’s only Reform Congregation. The Temple was founded in 1948 and took its name from the newly formed State of Israel, which was declared in 1948. Temple Israel began its life at Snug Harbor and moved around before creating its first purpose-built building in 1964. That building, which the Temple still occupies, includes a sanctuary, social hall, and a religious school overlooking a stream surrounded by trees.


congregation-temple-emanu-el-of-staten-island-hebrew-school-chanukah-partyHebrew School Chanukah Party, 2013 | via Facebook

Congregation Temple Emanu-El
Congregation Temple Emanu-El has been serving the spiritual and social needs of Staten Islanders since 1907. The Conservative synagogue is located in a beautiful Classical Revival Building and was modeled after a synagogue in Warsaw, Poland. The structure has been nominated for the National Register for Historic Places. The congregation holds daily services and maintains a Hebrew school and an adult education program.


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Chabad Lubavitch of Staten Island
Chabad Lubavitch is an international organization that describes itself as “being a movement, and an organization that is considered to be the most dynamic force in Jewish life today.” Its Staten Island location is connected with a camp, nursery school, and yeshiva (school of Jewish learning). Chabad Lubavitch hosts daily services, educational programming, as well as holiday meals for the community and visitors.


Check out the Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island for a complete list of synagogue offerings on Staten Island.


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