News & Upcoming Events



New York State Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal

scheduled for Sunday, January 26, at 2 pm, at Congregation Habonim




She is required to be in Albany for budget planning meetings. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused.

Join us at the annual Nursery School Fundraiser

Thursday, February 6, 2020

6:30 - 9 PM

50 Riverside Boulevard


Click here for more information


Please help us bake more than 2,000 Hamantashen for our Habonim Community.

All ages welcome, no experience necessary!

Baking is from 9 AM to 2 PM on the following dates:
January 26
February 2
February 9
March 1

Please sign up here: Hamantashen Baking 2020
If you have any questions, please contact Sisterhood at [email protected]

Havdalah in Pajamas for Families with Children Up to 5 Years Old

Join Rabbi Gelber in pajamas for games and fun followed by Havdalah

Saturday, January 25, 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm.

There is no charge, but registration is required: Sign up here.

All are welcome to stay on for Youth and Family Community Havdalah immediately following, with pizza and movies. $18/family.

Register here.

To register for Youth & Family Community Havdalah go to

Next Tot Shabbat:

Friday, February 7


Come sing, dance, pray and celebrate Shabbat

5:15pm Tot Shabbat service

5:45pm Light dinner for the children


Upcoming Friday dates for Tot Shabbat:

March 6

April 3

May 1

June 5


Questions? Contact [email protected] or [email protected]


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.



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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