News & Upcoming Events


We are rescheduling two of Habonim's signature events:

The annual Gala is moving from Thursday, February 6, 2020 to Sunday, May 17, 2020. This move will help ensure that the Gala is a fitting commemoration of our 80th Anniversary, capping our year at a time that will allow more of our members to attend.

The Nursery School Fundraiser is moving from Thursday, December 12, 2019 to Thursday, February 6, 2020. This move puts the Fundraiser back to its traditional spot on the Habonim calendar and avoids conflicts with other year-end events.

We look forward to seeing you at both of these fun and meaningful events, which recognize and honor members of our community and help support all of the wonderful programs offered by Habonim.

We're almost there!

Join our 8 for 80 Builders campaign and help us reach our goal!

Thank you to the generous members who have already contributed.

Join our 8 for 80 Builders!

This is not just another appeal for donations.
Yes, we are asking for a donation to our High Holiday Appeal . . . but this is also an opportunity to celebrate Habonim’s milestone 80th anniversary by becoming an 8 for 80 Builder and getting special thank-you benefits.

What’s so special about Habonim turning 80? Our beloved shul was founded in November 1939, a year after Kristallnacht, by German Jews who established a synagogue named “the Builders” in their new homeland. We continue to honor their legacy by building Jewish community together – through our religious, educational and social activities – and by building our new home, a beautiful space that will shelter Habonim for our next 80 years.

How can I help support this extraordinary milestone? Our work is spiritual, nourishing and warm but it takes significant resources to run our thriving synagogue – costs that will increase when we move into our new, larger space. Dues and tuition do not cover our operating budget, and we must rely on the generosity of our members to fulfill our mission to our community.

We need to make our special 80th year a banner fundraising year. Funds that we raise now will help secure Habonim’s financial future for many years to come.

How do I become an 8 for 80 Builder? Donate $8,000 (including contributions already made toward the High Holiday Appeal) by the end of December and you will join our 8 for 80 Builders. By giving at this level in our special anniversary year, not only will you get the satisfaction of helping continue the legacy of our founding generation, our 8 for 80 Builders will receive two tickets to each of these Habonim events:

Winter Gala
Nursery School fundraiser
Passover Seder
Purim party
Chanukah party 
All Shabbat dinners through June 30, 2020 

If you make your 8 for 80 pledge by November 1, our annual Kristallnacht commemoration dinner on November 8 will also be included.

Our 80th anniversary – and the opportunity to be an 8 for 80 Builder – is happening now. We ask those who are able to commemorate our very special 80th anniversary with this special contribution. However, please know that a gift of any size is important and deeply appreciated. 
Click here to support this joyous anniversary. If you have previously made a donation to the High Holiday Appeal and want to increase it to join the 8 for 80 Builders, please use this link and make the appropriate donation through ShulCloud. If you would like to make a pledge to join the 8 for 80 Builders, please contact our Director of Administration, Malkie Grozalsky at [email protected].

With gratitude,
The Board of Trustees



For registration and other information, contact Education Director Rina Cohen Schwarz at [email protected]


CLICK HERE  for the 2019-2020 Religious School Calendar


CLICK HERE for the 2019-2020 schedule of Shabbat Morning Youth Services at Congregation Habonim


CLICK HERE for the 2019-2020 Family Education Schedule (for 3rd - 7th Grade Families)

Religious School at Habonim 

Nursery School Admissions for 2019-2020 School Year


Meet Our Clergy, Staff and Board

Rabbi Lisa Gelber

We recently commemorated the 81st anniversary of Kristallnacht, and the 80th anniversary of the founding of Congregation Habonim. Read Rabbi Gelber's sermon here.


Rabbi Lisa Gelber is among the rabbis featured in this October 11, 2019 article in the Forward: "Rabbis Share Their High Holiday Sermons." Click here to read.




Cantor Bruce Halev 






                   Rina Cohen Schwarz, Education                                               Director




Tina LobelTina Lobel, Nursery School Director





Ann Obsatz, Associate Nursery School Director




Welcome from President Richard Verner

On behalf of the members, clergy and staff of Congregation Habonim, I offer you a warm greeting.  We are the Jewish spiritual home to a caring, generous congregation that offers its members a broad variety of opportunities to learn, to share life-cycle events, and to participate in building our compassionate and welcoming community.  We encourage you to read more about us on our website and to visit us to learn about all that Habonim has to offer.

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