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Roosevelt Island jewish congregation

Our Temple in the Cultural Center

Over 40 years of prayers, services & more...

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Laurie Gold, Rabbi.          Nina Lublin, President.   

L’Shanah Tova —

Our New Year began with a wonderful Friday night Shabbat/Erev Rosh Hashanah, led by our new Rabbi, Laurie Gold, with cantor Sandra Goodman.  Nearly 30 participants enjoyed a beautiful first night service, in our Sanctuary in the Cultural Center, followed by apples & honey, and a round challah, all provided by Peggy & Ken Organes.

Rosh Hashanah, Day 1 saw about 25 folks in attendance in the Worth & Nancy Howe Theatre, with special Torah readings by Michal Melamed & Gad Levanon. It was especially nice to see a few of our long time families & their grown children, as well as welcome a new mom of an 8 week old.

Special Thanks & appreciation go to Amber Levanon Seligson and Sara Serfaty who led a lively, well attended Children’s Service featuring a visit by Rabbi Gold with one of our Torahs.


Rosh Hashanah, Day 2, continued our holiday services back in the Sanctuary with nearly 30 participants.  Michal Melamed coordinated our Torah service with Alan Nadel; The Shofar Service was led by Rabbi Gold & Cantor Sandy, with Scot Bobo as our Shofar blower.  

Rabbi Gold lead Tashlich at the Meditation Steps, with about 30 folks ( & a few of their dogs ), and another sounding of the shofar by Scot Bobo.


A Special THANK YOU to our volunteers who did the heavy lifting, Friday set-up & Sunday breakdown of our Sanctuary and the Main Street/Howe Theare.

Dear RIJC Family Members,

I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones healthy and happy.

I hope you will come to services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, where we can connect with one another and with God.

During this time in the Jewish calendar, we begin to open our hearts, so that we can perform the sacred work of teshuvah/return and repair. Together, we will seek opportunities that allow us to go deeply inside ourselves, as we try to become even better people than we are right now. We will work together to forgive ourselves and others, enhancing our relationship with the world around us.   
I look forward to getting to know you and having you get to know me.

Rabbi Gold


Our preparations continue, as Rabbi Gold works with a team of RIJC folks, and with our guest cantors / soloists:  Sandra Goodman at Rosh Hashanah & Marleen Schussler for Yom Kippur.  You’ll be receiving our E-mailing & posting ( with all the details & how you can participate & help ) this week, along with reminders about renewing your membership, joining for the first time and how to truly support your RIJC through the gifts & donations of time & money.


Thanks to the due diligence of Michal Melamed, we once again have a Hebrew School, which started last week & continues on Thursdays.  Michal has already reached out via several platforms; For further information, please visit the Hebrew School Page at


It’s a new year as well as The New Year at the RIJC. 

Suggestions & Questions always welcome & appreciated.

Looking Forward ...


Rabbi Gold

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