- Rabbi Dr. Jill Hackell
- Holiday Cantor: Jacob Goodwin
West Clarkstown Jewish Center is a small, egalitarian, Conservative-style, non-affiliated synagogue. We are proud of the caring and closeness of our community – which is really more like a family. We are a community that practices gemilut hasadim – acts of love and kindness – including visiting the sick, comforting mourners, coming to the aid of those in need, and participating in the community kosher food pantry. We have a deep commitment to the State of Israel.
Our weekly Shabbat services include a Kabbalat Shabbat each Friday at 6 p.m. Shabbat morning services begin at 9:30 am. All services have a Zoom option, to allow maximum participation all year round – including snowbirds and those who can no longer easily physically access the synagogue.
The Torah services includes an open discussion of the parashah guided by the rabbi with active participation from the congregation. In this way we work together to understand the role of Torah in our lives. We are very participatory. We love to sing, and harmonize together, and although we use traditional melodies, we like to change-up the tunes for some of the prayers so we are comfortable with a variety of congregational tunes and chants.
Our user-friendly prayerbook (Et Ratzon) contains a modern translation, transliteration of all the prayers, notes about the prayers as well as meditations, which we sometimes incorporate into our otherwise traditional Conservative -style service.
Of course, we celebrate the holidays together - kiddush after Shabbat services, a Simchat Torah tour of the Torah, a family Hanukkah celebration, and a Purim spiel - to give just some examples.
Our active Sisterhood and Men’s Club offers members an opportunity to serve the congregation through social and social action programs.
If you are looking for an intimate place where you can be yourself, with a community of people who celebrate life’s joys and sorrows together, who learn together, and make a joyful noise together, we may be the place for you.