Nyack Jewish Congregation Reaching Out For New Members

BY GEORGE J. DACRE

A Nyack synagogue is beginning several new programs in the coming weeks in an effort to reach out for new members in the Nyack community.
Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham and Cantor Michael Kaspar, who characterize themselves as young-at-heart, “egalitarian conservatives,” boast of a caring community for new members.

“The synagogue is nestled in charming Nyack, and we pride ourselves on our warm, welcoming and caring environment with a supportive and involved community of members of all ages,” Rabbi Abraham said. “We welcome interfaith families and take pride in being the only ‘Big Tent congregation in Rockland County.”

In keeping with this tradition, they will be offering pre-school and early enrichment programs to children in affiliated and non-affiliated families. The Gan Katan early enrichment program will include activities such as Yoga for Tots, Hebrew for Little Ones, Munchkins and Mishpacha (babies with their caregivers), Shabbat Club every Friday morning, and Shabbat services every Saturday morning.

In addition, Rabbi Abraham says they will be holding Watermelon Wednesdays, Summer Story Time, Fun with Friends, and songs with Jewish snacks on every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. These events will be for children up to seven years of age.

The synagogue will also attempt to attract young adults with a monthly “Party on the Porch” program at the Art Café in Nyack and by drawing young families to their boutique at the Hebrew School of Nyack.

Emphasizing their focus upon the events, Abraham and Kaspar reiterated their motto. “With pride in our past and faith in our future, we invite you to participate in any of our programs,” they said.