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Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation
Progressive, Friendly and Fun!

The Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation (RIJC) is an egalitarian, progressive, friendly and fun synagogue founded in 1976. Our congregation is dedicated to providing Jewish spiritual support and renewed Jewish knowledge to all who seek it, as well as a strong Jewish community in and for the neighborhood.


Everyone in the community is welcome to join us at our High Holiday, Shabbat and Festival Services and social events. Our members include singles and couples, seniors and families with young children, people of many national origins and religious backgrounds.


Shabbat worship services are held on Friday nights at 7:30 p.m., approximately twice per month, followed by a community Shabbat dinner or Oneg, either at our place of prayer or in the homes of members of the congregation.  And once per month, there is a community Shabbat dinner at 6pm.


In addition to Shabbat services, holiday celebrations and Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Rabbi Moritt teaches two series of Adult Education classes in the winter and spring.


We encourage all in the community to join us for High Holiday, Sabbath and Festival Services and enjoy the company of your neighbors on Roosevelt Island.  Information about Shabbat services, holiday celebrations and programs is posted  online at this link.  For more information, use our Contact Us page or email


While our home in the Cultural Center is being renovated, we are fortunate to hold prayers and events at locations convenient to everyone on Roosevelt Island.  To find the location of upcoming events, look on our Calendar page.




 The Roosevelt Island Historical Society & The Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation


Lincoln and the Jews 

A guided tour of the New York Historical Society exhibit for members and guests of both organizations

 Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ 11 a.m.

Tour presented at The New York Historical Society, 77 Street and Central Park West

Donation $20 per person to the RIHS or RIJC

RSVP by April 20th to Judy Berdy at JBIRD134@AOL.COM or 212-688-4836

April 26

Yom Ha Atzma'ut / A 67th Birthday Party for Israel ! 

3p to 5p in the Rivercross Community Room
An RIJC birthday party for Israel, with stations for children & all our families to
enjoy special arts & crafts, design Israeli flags, play a special Israel map game,
decorate the birthday cake, make Israeli snacks and have a dance party.  
More Info? email or @





Friday, 7:30pm,

Shabbat Services at Rivercross, Oneg sponsor needed


6:00 Shavuot - Ice Cream and Cheesecake Social in the Community Room at Rivercross 

7:30 Evening Study with Rabbi Moritt


Back by Popular Demond:

Adult Education Classes Begin on Thursdays, April 16. 23 and May 21 at 7:30p at the Rivercross Community Room.

At first glance the women of the Bible appear to take a back seat to the better known male characters.  Join Rabbi Moritt as we explore both the better and lesser known women of the Bible and how they are key to the transmission and history of Judaism through Biblical texts, Apocrypha and Midrashic legend.


Did you enjoy the PurimSchpiel; Sushan Island Frozen? Download it here.


RIJC Hebrew School Registration is now open! 

 Gan Class (4 and 5 yrs) Mondays 4p - 5p

 Gdolim Class (6 - 8 yrs) Mondays 5p - 6p

Any family seeking a Jewish education is welcome to enroll. Click here for more information and an information download.




Leana Moritt, Rabbi
Nina Lublin, President; Steve Kaufman, Treasurer; Julia Chang, Communications; Scot Bobo, Secretary