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We run a variety of educational and social programs for men and the congregation.  We support the annual BBQ and the modern commentary for bar mitzvah classes.


Phil Brown is the authority of the Jewish experience in the Catskills
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 8:00 p.m.

Join the CONGREGATION as we welcome Phil Brown, Founder and President of the Catskills Institute.

The resorts of Sullivan and Ulster County were the playland of New York (and other) Jews for the better part of the 20th century.  In “The Mountains,” Jews could have a proper vacation and become Americanized, while preserving much of their Jewish culture. These vacation spots were not merely resorts where you stayed, but were miniature societies, where people knew lots about each other and created intricate relationships in a neighborhood and family mentality that would not be found at an ordinary resort.  These vacationers created a whole resortland, shaped by their urban culture.  They imported their music, humor, vaudeville revue style, cuisine, language, and worldviews. This resort-based mini-society was a collective enterprise woven with humor, food, entertainment, Yiddish culture, and a myriad of patchwork efforts that built many small communities and a giant community. For countless youth, working in the Catskills was a major source of income for upward mobility. Phil Brown will cover the origins of the Catskills farms and boarding houses, and the development of kuchalayns, bungalow colonies, and hotels. It will look at all aspects of Catskills resort life: culture, cuisine, entertainment, religion, romance, and mobility.  Using many slides, Phil Brown will convey the daily life and long-term legacy of the Jewish Catkills with humor, nostalgia, and sociological analysis.

Phil Brown has been kind enough not to charge a fee to our synagogue for his presentation. He has asked that those who can give a voluntary contribution to please do so when filling out the RSVP form.  A large portion of your donation will go to the following charities:  Workers' Circle Boston, United Hatzalah of Israel, and Save a Child's Heart.

Phil Brown studies the Jewish experience in the Catskill Mountains. He is founder and President of the Catskills Institute, an organization that works to record and remember the history of the Catskills through conferences, public speaking, support of scholarly research, collecting materials for the world’s largest archive of Catskills items, and running a large website: For 13 years in a row he ran an annual History of the Catskills Conference. Most recently he has focused on the experience of the Holocaust and immediate period after in the Catskills. His books are "Catskill Culture: A Mountain Rat's Memories of the Great Jewish Resort Area," "In the Catskills: A Century Of The Jewish Experience In “The Mountains” (editor), and "Summer Haven: The Catskills, the Holocaust, and the Literary Imagination," (co-editor with Holli Levitsky). Phil Brown is University Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Health Sciences at Northeastern University where he directs the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute and is on the Executive Committee of the Jewish Studies Program. Phil plays piano in the klezmer band Too Klez for Comfort.

Rabbi Micky Boyden of Israel will talk about fostering improved relations between American and Israeli congregations.

Enjoy this slideshow of pictures from some of our past events

Comedy Night

Dinner Discussions featuring:  David Stern, Irving Picard, Tom Feyer of the NY Times, Israeli Consulate, Jonathan Alter, Ed Bleiberg from the Brooklyn Museum, Bill Grueskin, Ethan Bronner of Bloomberg, Dan Janison from Newsday, FASPE, Jews and Boxing, Avram Finklestein, Dr. Brook on the Yom Kippur War.

Breakfast Discussions featuring Earl Monroe, financial and estate planning Specialists Gary Ringel and Louis Cannizzaro, Care Concierge NY.

​Mets Games


Mon, October 19 2020 1 Cheshvan 5781