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Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun (KJ) was founded in 1872 on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.  Since its beginnings, KJ has been a modern Orthodox synagogue, dedicated to fostering a commitment to religious tradition in combination with active participation in a general society.  

We are deeply committed to our religious traditions, to the study of Torah, the observance of Shabbat and kashrut, the love of, and support for, our fellow Jews, and maintain an unbreakable bond with the State of Israel and its citizens.  We also provide a welcoming atmosphere for unaffiliated Jews who want to engage in religious traditions and intensify their practice of Judaism. 

At the same time, the synagogue takes pride in being part of the larger community: a community not only of the Jewish People and the State of Israel, but also of our fellow New Yorkers, Americans and humankind.  It is precisely this combination of dedication to halakhah and mitzvot along with a dedication to and an involvement in the larger community that defines Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun.

These values stand behind KJ's deep commitment to Jewish day school education.  This is exemplified by KJ’s sponsorship of the Ramaz School, which was founded in 1937 by Rabbi Joseph Lookstein, of blessed memory. KJ's mission is to continue to inspire current and future generations of our community to a life of Torah and Derech Eretz.



Thu, June 21 2018 8 Tammuz 5778