Congratulations for pursuing synagogue membership! The decision to join a synagogue is monumental. We hope you have already experienced the warmth and positive energy that makes our community so special. We are a vibrant mix of Hudson Valley individuals, couples, families, empty nesters, young adults, and seniors. Let us be your spiritual home, a place where you can celebrate holidays and simchas and a gathering point of support during times of loss and suffering. We offer a broad spectrum of social events, community social justice work, and learning opportunities.
Our members are part of an authentic community where you make a difference and synagogue life becomes vitally important because of your involvement. By joining the synagogue, you are investing in yourself, your family, and your spiritual health. Members receive admission to High Holy Days services, discounts at programs, discounted use of our facility, a voice in the synagogue, use of our playground, eligibility for our Hebrew School, and life cycles with our rabbi. When you invest in synagogue membership, you are declaring that a vibrant Jewish life is important and you are taking ownership within synagogue life. Family members who are not Jewish are welcome to be members, are encouraged to participate in synagogue life, including attending synagogue events, serving on committees, and attending services and our kiddush luncheons.
CSI offers many opportunities for people of all ages and with all type of prior Jewish experiences (or none at all!) to continue their Jewish education and deepen their understanding of our traditions.
The Audrey Beth Lender Hebrew School at Congregation Sons of Israel offers a boutique Hebrew School experience. Classes are small; instruction is thoughtful and engaging. We believe in the inclusion model of education, and our excellent teacher to student ratio allows for the encouragement of all types of learners.
Our innovative scheduling offers students flexibility with their secular school extra-curriculars and other interests. We are the only Hebrew School in the county to offer a Shabbat-centered Hebrew School; it meets on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Our learners participate in the service, making the bimah their second home.
Our school utilizes the arts and a multiple intelligences approach to education. Through discovery, play, discussion, activities, song, and storytelling, our children fall in love with Judaism. Our rabbi and cantor teach in the Hebrew School, role model Jewish practice, and help our students to connect to the prayer experience. We have five multi-age classrooms that promote collaboration and development of social skills within the community. Our learners help each other as they explore the world of joyful Judaism.
Preschool/Hebrew School is a chance to introduce to 3-4 year olds to the joy of Shabbat; it meets on Saturdays only. We have fantastic educators who use art, song, stories, and play to ignite curiosity and a love of Judaism for our preschoolers.
We strive to create a welcoming and nurturing environment where our students soar and our families feel supported.
For further information, contact Suzanne Strichartz, our Educational Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Tot Shabbat at CSI is where families come to play and pray! Twice a month, we offer an interactive learning experience where little ones ages 0-5 get exposure to basic prayers, Jewish symbols, stories and values all while playing with their friends and family. Activities are age appropriate including baby signs for little eyes and movement activities that are so important to child development and the learning experience. Imagine uninhibited dancing, clapping and laughter in this warm and wonderful family-catered service. All children are then welcomed to the Bima to join the Rabbi for juice and challah, followed by a beautiful kiddush lunch and socialization with the congregation. Tot Shabbat starts at 11:00 am.
We offer adult education classes at all levels, from beginning Hebrew to courses in Torah reading. We have spiritual and philosophical classes as well as opportunities for weekly learning with our rabbi.