Name: The Kehilah of Riverdale
Address: 4503 Fieldston Road, Riverdale, Bronx, NY 10471
Denominational affiliation: Orthodox
Member units (households): 100-200
What percentage of members are older than 50? 40%
How many people attend a regular Shabbat service? Approximately 100 attend regularly unless there is a simcha or a special event or Chag.
Length of typical Shabbat morning service? 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Shabbat dress code: There is no dress code. But, we appreciate if people come in respectful attire for a religious service.
Daily services? No
Does your synagogue have its own building? If not, where do you meet for services? For Shabbat/Holidays (unless there is a special Shabbat when we require a larger space), we meet at the Society for Ethical Culture: 4450 Fieldston Rd., Bronx, NY 10471. For Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, we are at Riverdale Country, 5250 Fieldston Rd, Bronx, NY 10471
Is there an opportunity to socialize after services? Very much so!
Language of service: Prayers are in Hebrew. Sermons and announcements are in English. There are prayerbooks used that have Hebrew and English translation.
Is another language offered in the prayer book? English
Children’s programming: Yes. We have Kehilahkids - kids groups. There, children have the opportunity to play and have parsha stories with an abridged prayer group (where it is age appropriate).
Accessibility for people with disabilities: Yes. There is a ramp or one can use an accessible lift which is operated by a non Jewish person on Shabbat and Holidays.
Are services streamed online? No. We are shomer Shabbat.
Are the rabbi’s sermons available online? Divrei Torah available on our website.
Percentage of members in interfaith marriages? 0%
Will the rabbi officiate at an interfaith wedding? Will he/she attend one? The rabbi will not officiate at or attend an interfaith wedding.
Are there distinct roles for men and women in your synagogue? Men lead the service but there are roles within the service that do not require a minyan where women participate: The sefer Torah is carried on the women’s side. Megilah is read by both men and women. Women as well as men can receive the honor of opening the ark. If there is a bat or bar mitzvah, there are opportunities for the bar or bat mitzvah to read from the Torah (women’s kriyah) and to give a dvar Torah in front of the entire community.
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