A Warm, Caring Community in the Urban Town of Park Slope
Modern Orthodox Observance In A Liberating Environment
The rich tapestry of Orthodox Judaism, woven together with the challenges of modern society is abundantly evident in all we do at Congregation B'nai Jacob -- in the observance of Mitzvot, in the joy of Shabbat, and in the dedicated and individualized education of our children, in the integration of Judaism into all aspects of our lives.
Though firmly committed to tradition, the Congregation does not ignore the issues of modern life. Men and women alike are encouraged to learn with a Chavruta (partner), in groups, or on their own. In this way, members are freed to grow at their own pace, and the observance of Torah and Mitzvot becomes a positive and fulfilling experience. We all share in the excitement of one another's accomplishments.
B'nai Jacob is open to all Jews, whatever their level, who want to develop a deeper appreciation of their Torah legacy. Many members who were once non-observant have taken on many spiritual commitments of which they would never have dreamt. Our synagogue is a great place to grow.
While those raised with Orthodox backgrounds are fairly represented in the Congregation, Ba'alei T'shuva whose zealous and newly found enchantment with Judaism are richly evident. All congregants are very special and are crucial to B'nai Jacob's diversity.
I was pretty sure it was a Chabad house and wondered how a humble emissary of the Rebbe could score such a valuable building. Then I found out it is supposed to be a modern orthodox congregation and the building actually was paid for and belongs to the congregation. I learned that many of the founding members were forced out by the not-so-humble emissary and his dirty politics. Beware of this place--it is a scam and the Rabbi and his family are behind it all!
I also had a disappointing experience at this shul. Not sure what the deal is there (though I've heard some disturbing rumbles about the leadership of the congregation, and ownership of the building). People seem unhappy and withdrawn--certainly not the welcoming, vibrant community that I heard about last year before I moved to the area. There used to be some sort of a music venue in the building which sounded pretty cool. Unfortunately, it is gone. At least there are other orthodox shuls in the area (one's not een Chabad. Congregation B'nai Jacob definitely has a Chabad House feel.
Weird vibes, couldn't get any intros to people, people seemed cliquish and rabbi not so warm either. Here for a visit...won't make same mistake again. Thought it was me, but I am generally attractive, knowledgeable and well liked at my home shul.