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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


Art Deco New York:
The Jewish Architects Speak
Thursday, November 14th, 7 pm

In this talk, Tony Robins explores the work of three Jewish architects who helped transform the face of New York City in the 1920s and 30s with the colorful and geometric designs we now call Art Deco, and lets us hear the architects describe their buildings and experiences in their own words.

The great Art Deco skyscrapers – the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building – were designed by socially prominent architects, often of old New York stock. But a generation of Jewish architects and builders – new to the profession and often new to the country – helped spread the Deco style across the more modest, but also more numerous, middle-class landscapes of the city, from the Garment District to the Grand Concourse. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Tony had the good fortune to meet and interview three of those architects and recorded the interviews.

The three architects - Louis Allen Abramson, Israel Crausman, and Marvin Fine - came from varying backgrounds. Fine, of the firm of Horace Ginsbern, had a sophisticated architectural education at the University of Pennsylvania; Abramson apprenticed to a famous older architect, took a few extension courses at Columbia, and then went out on his own; Crausman was a self-taught builder. Fine designed the first Deco apartment house in the Bronx; Crausman designed many Bronx apartment houses on and off the Grand Concourse; Abramson designed notable Horn & Hardart Automats, as well as restaurants in the Longchamps chain. 

Tony’s talk gives us a brief overview of Art Deco New York generally, then focuses on the work of these three architects, and lets us hear their voices, while he puts them and their work in historical perspective.

Please RSVP to the Sisterhood at [email protected], sponsors of the event. Thursday, November 14th, 7 pm at Congregation Habonim.

Please RSVP by Sunday, November 17:



Friday, November 22 following Kabbalat Shabbat services that begin at 6:30 pm


Families with children (preK-12th Grade) and community members are invited to come together in community for Shabbat Dinner. 

During dinner we will have a fun-family activity that will help us think about the many blessings in our lives together, and express our gratitude for them.  Once kids finish eating, there will be supervised  Shabbat-friendly activities for them while the adults will have social and schmooze time!

Questions? Contact [email protected]

Members: $40 adults, $18 ages 6 - 18,  $10  for children 5 and under (there is no charge for infants). Maximum charge per member family: $116.  Click here to register.

We want every member family to be able to join us for this fun evening; so, financial assistance is available for member families who cannot afford to attend - please contact Malkie Grozalsky. 




Thursday evening, December 12


Thursday evening, February 6

Details coming soon!



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

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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