About Young Israel of Fort Lee

The Young Israel of Fort Lee began as The Fort Lee Synagogue in the early 1970s, formed by a dedicated group who wished to establish a modern orthodox community in the borough. They moved as they grew, first praying in a room in the Fort Lee Jewish Community Center, then in the home of one of the founders, then in 1977 in an apartment on Main Street as they starting building on a site they purchased at 1610 Parker Avenue. 1980 was their transformative year, when they moved into the new building, were joined by Rabbi Neil Winkler, and became members of the National Council of Young Israel. The Young Israel of Fort Lee was thus born.

After 35 years as a vibrant, thriving community, the Young Israel of Fort Lee is the spiritual home to over 120 families. Its spiritual roots are firmly grounded as a modern orthodox synagogue, and seeks to provide services and facilities to meet the needs of its membership as it evolves. It is most proud, in 2013, to provide a new, larger, modern facility built on the same site as its first building was originally established to serve the entire Fort Lee community.

The new Ulo and Ethel Barad building was funded by the generous contributions of its membership, a tribute to their vision of a long future of the community. 

Young Israel of Fort Lee Synagogue Offerings

The synagogue offers many opportunities to satisfy the mind and spirit, meet socially and develop friendships that last a lifetime, including:

  • Daily minyanim - shacharit, mincha and ma’ariv services - 365 days a year
  • Shabbat services and holiday services – 52 weeks a year
  • Weekly shiurim by Rabbi Goldberg in Talmud and Prophets
  • Monthly Lunch and Learn – midday lecture series featuring interesting topics by highly regarded speakers, with spirited Q&A, and a light lunch.
  • An active Sisterhood that engages in outreach, and sponsors fundraising events including Mishloach Manot on Purim, a Pesach wine sale, and educational trips to NYC museums and attractions.
  • Annual dinner to celebrate major accomplishments and honor key members of the community.
  • Saturday Nights at the Movies – full length films with religious, cultural or historical subject matter
  • Future plans include: Shabbat services for children, children-oriented holiday events and learning

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