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These programs create opportunities for children and youth that inspire and encourage their creativity, curiosity, sense of discovery, and respect for others and learn about and strengthen their Jewish identity.
Take a look at different events, occasions, and ‘happenings’ here at our Temple.
Commentary from Rabbi Gardner
Cantor Inbal Sharett-Singer presents music we sing at services.
Adult education offerings include Bible study with the Rabbi, a Hebrew language class, the Chavurah lay led study group, and the popular YIVO Jewish Culture Series. Note, as well, the reference lists of books and articles on Jewish themes and Torah study
Riverdale Temple is the oldest congregation in the community (founded in 1947) and the only one affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. We were called at founding a “liberal synagogue” because we believe that our religious tradition is a dynamic one that can endure through change. Above all else, the Riverdale Temple stands for adherence to the highest principles of Jewish ethics and subscribes to the injunction from the Mishnah (Avot 2:5) “Do not separate yourself from the community.” Initially, as the only Jewish synagogue in Riverdale, it served all Jews: Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist. Our liberal tradition is preserved today. At Riverdale Temple all are welcome to participate in temple life, no matter what their approach to Judaism or degree of Jewish literacy. The temple is founded on the principles of worship, learning, community, and acts of loving kindness — “and the study of Torah leads to them all.”
Our members come from the New York City area and lower Westchester. Riverdale Temple offers communal support for your laughter and tears. We are an inclusive, welcoming community of Jewish and interfaith families, of all ages, sexual orientation or marital status. We are proud of – and celebrate – our diversity. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT US