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Welcome to Congregation B'Nai Jeshurun

Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, a member of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, was the first Jewish congregation on Staten Island.  We are an inclusive and egalitarian congregation that welcomes people from the entire community.  We offer Hebrew School classes, monthly family services, and special programs throughout the year.   Our Hebrew School is flourishing with classes on Thursdays and Sundays.   Bar/Bat Mitzvah lessons are available as well.  Our teens are tremendously active and influential in our community, they have developed their own Hebrew High School program that focuses heavily on community service.  Come join us for services in our beautiful sanctuary or come to one our many community wide programs.  We welcome you and your family to our CBJ family.



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Message from Rabbi Sam

Our parsha includes many well-known stories, tales that generations have, and continue to pour over: Creation and rest, learning and naming, first love and loss of trust, expulsion from paradise and the first murder.

After Cain killed his brother Able, God called out to Cain, “Ei Hevel achikha, Where is Hevel/Abel your brother” (Gen 4:9)? Cain’s cold response “Hashomer achi anochi, Am I my brother’s keeper”? haunts us still to this day. Still smarting, Cain’s follow up of complaining about the punishment/consequences from God “Gadol avoni m’nisa/My punishment is too great to bear” is the epitome of chutzpah. Cain’s lack of awareness and responsibility is astounding.

As I watch the (lack of) covid precaution debacle, and it’s deadly consequences, between the governments (this scene is playing out in several countries and not just in NYC) and parts of the Jewish community the question/expression Hashomer achi anochi? keeps coming to my mind. Watching some shouting “anti-Semitism” at the slightest criticism and calling health officials “Nazis” reminds me of how easily we can pray and do ritual by rote with it not having the slightest impact on our behaviour.

I wonder what my responsibility is and what I can actually do to help. I am reminded that trying to persuade/convince/argue others to change is mostly a futile exercise. Ultimately being a good role model, and publishing such reflections on social media, is the best I can do. I find that arguing with people about Covid precaution, is about as helpful as arguing about politics these days. It doesn't seem to end well for anybody.
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Message from Rabbi Sam:

In this week’s Torah portion, Ha’azinu, we read Moses’ poetic description of the relationship between God and Israel. This portion is also known as the Song of Moses.

In verse 32:6 Moses refers to God as Israel‘s father. This metaphor of God as father particularly resonates this time of year. The Avinu Malkeinu (Our father, our king) prayer sees God as a father. The metaphor of God as a rock and Eagle are also mentioned. Lastly the idea of God’s countenance (face) being shown to us is of course also a metaphor.

Thinking of God in these mundane concepts allows us to relate to an otherwise unfathomable, ineffable Being. Knowing which aspects of the metaphor apply and which don’t requires study otherwise one runs the risk of attributing erroneous limitations to God based on the metaphor.

Shabbat Shalom!
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Shanah Tovah um'tukah', which means 'may you have a good and sweet new year.' CBJ has been diligently working into making this a meaningful and spiritual service to host a live-stream and in-person services.

We have a new way that you can contribute and help CBJ grow by making a donation online.


Online Donation: Click here

Live Stream

Unfortunately, all in-person services at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun (CBJ) Staten Island are suspended as a COVID-19 precaution. We hope to be back up soon.

In the meantime, Rabbi Sam will lead the service on Monday and Thursday evening via live stream at 7:30 PM and Parsha class every Sunday morning at 11 AM.

We would like you to join us using one of these options via the live stream:

By using your internet browser:

or By Phone
Our call-in number is 1 240-528-8538‬ and the passcode is ‪612 014 805 #‬



Livestream Prayer booklet

Special Livestream Service

Weekday Maariv Siddur Sim Shalom

Evening Service for Shabbat Siddur




Maariv Services 
Monday and Tuesday Evening: 7:30 PM - Online
Kabbalat Shabbat Services
Friday Evening: 6:30 PM - Online
Shabbat Services:
Friday Nights:  8:00pm
Saturday Mornings: 9:00am
Daily Minyan:
Sunday Mornings: 9:00am at CBJ
Monday and Thursday Mornings: 7:20am at CBJ
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday Mornings:    7:20 am at Temple Emanu-El

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