Congregation Sons of Israel

300 North Broadway
Upper Nyack, NY 10960

P: (845) 358-3767

  • Rabbi: Ariel Russo
  • Cantorial Soloist: Ilana Davidson
  • Director of Education: Suzanne Strichartz
  • Office Manager: Helaine Ripps
  • President: Tamara Freuman

CSI Nyack brings tradition and community together for meaningful Jewish experiences and impactful social action. Proudly building Jewish community in Rockland since 1891, we are an anti-racist Jewish community that honors our past as we look towards the future:

  • First Conservative Egalitarian Congregation in Rockland
  • An inclusive and embracing congregation where Jews of all races, sexualities, gender identities and abilities can experience a sense of belonging
  • A student-centered and experiential Hebrew School with core learning day on Saturday
  • Robust programming for young families, including Tot Shabbat, monthly Friday night Family services, Jews on the Hudson for young professionals and holiday celebrations
  • Opportunities for adults to connect spiritually at monthly Yoga Shabbat, classes in Hebrew Literacy, Torah study, parent learning circles & guest lectures.
  • Deep commitment to Social Justice and our ties to the greater Nyack community

Our innovative Hebrew school curriculum emphasizes experiential, hands-on Jewish education that celebrates the global, multi-racial Jewish community through art, music, cooking and culture.

Continuing a long tradition of Social Action and living our Jewish values, we host an annual Pride Shabbat, Refugee Shabbat, and offer meaningful year-round educational programming related to social justice. We are founding members of Rockland Jews for Immigrant Justice (RJIJ) which partners with local immigrant-led organization Proyecto Faro to provide material support and solidarity to our marginalized and underserved neighbors. We also tend an on-site sustainable Giving Garden that yields donations of fresh vegetables to community refrigerators run by Proyecto Faro.

Our cantorial soloist leads a multigenerational choir of CSI singers in the Nyack Clergy Association’s Interfaith Thanksgiving service and for the High Holy Days. In our secure, updated facility, we support weekly, homemade Kiddush luncheons and all life cycle events with help from a rotating crew of skilled volunteer caterers, aged 11 to 70+!

The Chesed Committee supports member families during smachot (celebrations) and sorrows. For end of life events, we have our own cemetery in Blauvelt: Temple Israel Memorial Park.

We are a Big Tent congregation where interfaith families, Jews of Color, people of all abilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community can find an embracing spiritual home.

Visit us to learn, pray, connect, grow and celebrate!