Name: Congregation Habonim
Address: 103 West End Ave, New York, NY 10023
Denominational affiliation: Conservative
Member units (households): 200-300
What percentage of members are older than 50? 55%
How many people attend a regular Shabbat service? 75 on Shabbat other than the summer when attendance goes down to around 50. Friday evenings, is lighter unless we have Tot Shabbat in which case attendance goes up to 80.
Length of typical Shabbat morning service? 2.5 hours on Shabbat morning
Shabbat dress code: There is no dress code. Men do not feel required to wear jackets or ties and women do not feel required to wear a skirt.
Daily services? No
Does your synagogue have its own building? If not, where do you meet for services? We do have a building, but we are currently under construction and are in a rental space.
Is there an opportunity to socialize after services? Yes. We host a generous Shabbat kiddush weekly.
Language of service: Hebrew
Children’s programming: Yes, there are services for all age groups.** Torah Tots** - For children ages 5 and under, we offer Torah Tots, a Shabbat morning experience for the entire family that includes, music, movement and interactive activities. The Torah Tots service meets each Shabbat from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon, followed by Kiddush lunch with the congregation, and is led by members of the Congregation Habonim faculty. Children attending our Torah Tots service must be accompanied by parents or caregivers, and older siblings and other family members are also welcome. Congregation Katan - For children ages 5-8 or in our Religious School’s Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades, Congregation Katan is a Shabbat morning experience that gives children the opportunity for movement, prayer and singing. As the year progresses children will have the opportunity to lead the service as they learn the different prayers and experience an age-appropriate Shabbat service followed by a Kiddush lunch. Junior Congregation - For children in grades 3, 4 and 5, Junior Congregation is a slightly more advanced version of Congregation Katan. Students lead significant portions of the service, such as the Barchu, the Shema and its accompanying passages, and the Amidah, and engage in discussion about the week’s Torah portion.
Accessibility for people with disabilities: Yes, our current space is completely ADA compliant.
Are services streamed online? Services are not currently streamed.
Are the rabbi’s sermons available online? We sometimes post the Rabbi’s sermons on our website and she frequently refers to them in her front page articles for our synagogue bulletin.
Percentage of members in interfaith marriages?
Will the rabbi officiate at an interfaith wedding? Will he/she attend one? Will not officiate, may attend.
Are there distinct roles for men and women in your synagogue? We are fully egalitarian.
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