Brooklyn Jews

274 Garfield Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11215

A community of young Jewish Brooklynites

What services do you offer?
One on one Learning Opportunities, Shabbat Services, Holiday Services, Group Learning.

What is your organization's mission?
As an experimental community embedded within a brick and mortar synagogue, Congregation Beth Elohim, we push the limits of Jewish communal life. We affirm the values of progressive, egalitarian Judaism alongside secular culture, fostering Jewish involvement that reflects a Brooklyn lifestyle. Our community offers ritual and learning opportunities to anyone in their 20s and 30s regardless of formal membership.

What activities do you offer?
Shabbat services 1x a month, High Holy Day, learning opportunities, events, book club.

How would you describe your community?
We are a progressive, egalitarian Jewish community. In practical ritual terms, you might imagine us as some kind of hybrid between Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructionist traditions. The bulk of our community comes from one of those denominations (as well as secular, Orthodox, and traditions other than Judaism), but we aren’t so interested in any of that. We are committed to a Judaism that meshes ritual and textual tradition with gender egalitarianism, engagement with social justice, and inclusivity of people who are not Jewish. What’s more, we value the legitimacy and power of secular Jewish expression. For many Jews, it’s the cultural dimension of Judaism that feels especially resonant, and we wholeheartedly agree. Alongside our Shabbat and holiday services, we recognize our dinners, social gatherings, classes, service projects, political advocacy, and artistic events as constitutive dimensions of our Jewish life.