Congregation Habonim Board of Directors

A Message from the President

My name is Neil Goldstein, and I'm the President of Congregation Habonim ("The Builders").  Habonim is an egalitarian, Conservative Synagogue, located on the Upper West Side, at 103 West End Avenue @ 64th Street.  On behalf of our multi-generational community of warm and caring individuals and families I am pleased to extend a sincere and heartfelt welcome to you.  Our mission is to provide a spiritual home for members and our community in a warm and welcoming environment.

Led by Rabbi Lisa Gelber and Cantor Bruce Halev. we offer a rich history, and a dynamic present, and an exciting future.

Founded in 1939 by Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany, we are now a neighborhood synagogue rich in activities and opportunities for adults and children of all ages and throughout the ritual year.

We are home to both a nursery school and a religious school, where our children (and their parents) forge deep and lasting friendships, and become imbued with the experience and love of Jewish learning and culture.  We are committed to be a living legacy of our original "Builders."

I invite you to take the time to browse through our website and check out our many offerings, both in terms of religious services as well as educational programs.  We have an extremely active Sisterhood that offers exciting and engaging activities and programs, adult education classes, and numerous meaningful volunteer opportunities both within and without the Habonim community. 

We hope that you will join us at one of our regular Friday night or Saturday morning Shabbat services, including our many Saturday morning family services for families with children up to age 12. Along with our many post-B’nai Mitzvah activities as well as our Adult Education offerings, you have a distinct opportunity to connect, or reconnect to your Jewish heritage.  We also hope that you will stay around for our delicious Kiddush lunches and get to meet some of the members of our community.  I think you will find yourself most welcome, sort of like coming home.  Please come and enjoy the Habonim experience yourself.


Neil Goldstein


Neil Goldstein

Stephen Berman

David Feuerstein
Vice President

Michael Harwayne
Vice President

Richard Verner
Vice President

Susan Grant


Mindy Abramson
Beth Bornstein
Jonathan Chariton
Deena Ecker
Nita Gottesman

Wendy Halperin
Debra Karlstein
Jennifer Kenter
Maya Levy-Merdinger
Michael Massen

Marc Mehl
Jeffrey Moelis
Abigail Schlaff
Howard Stoffer
Elaine Witkoff