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The North Fork Reform Synagogue is a small inclusive congregation meeting spiritual, educational, social and cultural enrichment needs of our members in the Reform Jewish tradition. We embrace families and individuals, Jews by birth or by choice, non-Jews and Jews regardless of ethnic or racial background, sexual orientation or gender identity.

We support the local community through outreach programs with special emphasis on the arts and social justice issues.

The North Fork Reform Synagogue has no permanent staff, so our members build strong bonds as we work together to enrich our lives and keep our congregation vibrant. Our student rabbis from Hebrew Union College give us fresh perspectives as we learn together.

Drop in for a service or event and experience the exceptional warmth and friendship of the North Fork Reform Synagogue.  You’ll want to return.

OUR PROGRAMS

Don’t Miss a Special ADULT ED this Saturday, April 17th at 4:00 pm!
 
 
 
Director Tod Lending will join us to talk about his film Saul and Ruby’s Holocaust Survivor Band about the musical journey of a couple of seniors who start off in total obscurity, playing Klezmer music in residential homes for the elderly and small Jewish community organizations, then are invited to perform at venues across the country, including a coveted performance at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.
 
Stream the movie on Amazon, then join us for a lively discussion.  Zoom link sent via email.
 
 
Shabbat Schmooze & Learn
 
Please save April 24th for a fascinating new program about Footsteps, the only organization in the United States providing comprehensive services to people who have chosen to leave their ultra-Orthodox communities and begin new lives.
 
Our new member Steve Eisman, who is on the Board of Directors of Footsteps, and one of the members of the organization who transitioned from the ultra -Orthodox community to the mainstream society, will give us invaluable insight into challenges of the transition and the range of services and resources that Footsteps provides to support the former ultra -Orthodox Jews in their work to define their own identities. 
 
If you are not a member of the synagogue, please register here.   For more information about Footsteps go to: footstepsorg.org.

New Foodie Tour Presentation – Treiber Farms

Thanks to those of you who joined us for for a presentation with Peter Treiber Jr. as he discussed his farming philosophy and introduced us to his CSA program.  Please click here to view the video recording.
 
 

 
The Linda Rie Cohen Scholarship Fund
 

The Linda Rie Cohen Scholarship Fund is an annual endowment of $10,000.00 from a generous gift by Fred Cohen to honor the memory of his late wife, who passed away in June 2013.  Linda was a dedicated member of the North Fork Reform Synagogue and a North Fork enthusiast. She loved the people and the food of the North Fork and had a lifelong passion for music, the arts and education. The scholarships are administered by the North Fork Reform Synagogue and are for the benefit of the North Fork Jewish community.

The minimum scholarship award is $1,000.00, with a maximum of $5,000.00. Scholarships may be awarded on a subsequent basis, but are not guaranteed.  Applications are open to individuals of any age who wish to pursue continued education in the field of the Arts or Sciences and can demonstrate passion and accomplishments in their chosen field of study. Priority will be given to applicants who are current or past residents of the North Fork, as well as family members and those with a connection to the North Fork.

A complete application and all supporting documents must be received by the North Fork Reform Synagogue by May 15, 2021.  The Linda Rie Cohen Scholarship awards announcement will be made on June 30, 2021.   

For more information, please click here.  For an application click here.  If you have any questions, please contact scholarship@northforksynagogue.org.


15th Annual North Fork Foodie Tour Set for September 12, 2021! 

We’ve set the date for this year’s Foodie Tour.  While it’s still a bit early to finalize plans, we want you to know that we will be back, bringing you all the best in local food production that the North Fork has to offer.

In September 2020, we celebrated the bounty of the North Fork with our 14th Annual Foodie Tour which was delivered virtually and it is still available for you to enjoy on the Foodie Tour web site.  Take behind-the-scenes video tours and watch webinars to see the stories of the people who dedicate their lives to producing fresh, local foods and beverages on the North Fork.  We are continually adding new content so check back often.


OUR CLERGY

Our Rabbi
 

Our Rabbis are students at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.  Helping to train new Rabbis is an important part of our mission.  We are inspired by the fresh perspective each new student brings to us as we learn from one another.  Shoshana was born in Mbale, Uganda where the majority of Abayudaya Jews of Uganda live.  We are looking forward to learn more about Shoshana’s fascinating background.
 
Click here to meet Student Rabbi Shoshana Nambi. 
 

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Our Cantor

Ilana is a classically trained operatic soprano and cantorial soloist.  She comes from a deep tradition of Jewish music.  Her father is the esteemed cantor and composer Dr. Charles Davidson.  Ilana is a winner of four Grammy Awards and has had an impressive singing career in operas and concerts, including performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.  We are blessed to have Ilana with us for the High Holidays.

WAYS TO DONATE 

There are several different ways to donate to NFRS.  One way is to send in a donation check or pay by credit card using our donation form.  But do you also know that Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to NFRS every time you shop on Amazon Smile?  It’s easy to set up and shop as you usually do.  Learn how to register here and start donating with your next purchase!

 

URJ BLOGS

OUR CALENDAR

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We offer Friday evening services and a variety of events throughout the year so please join us!   

To view previous High Holiday services and other special events, please go to the Digital Media tab on the menu bar and click on Our Video Playlist.

April 16th:  Yom HaShoah Shabbat Service

Our new rabbi, Luisa Sinacore, will be a guest at this service so come and meet her!  Cantor Ilanna Davidson will join us as well.

If you are not a member of NFRS, please register here.

Family Circle Seder

Passover began the evening of March 27, 2021 and will end on the evening of April 4, 2021. 

Thank you to Rabbi Shoshana, Cantor Ilana and all who joined with us the second evening of Passover for the Family Circle Seder.   Let’s march towards hope and freedom together!  Chag Sameach.
 
Passover Treat!  We hope you were able to join us for the recent Shabbat Schmooze & Learn with Ali Katz.  She showed us how to bake a flourless Chocolate Nutella Torte, right in time for Passover.  Click here to learn more about Ali.  The video recording is available here.  Click on the cake for the recipe.
 
 
 

OUR RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

Now Via Zoom!  The education programs of the North Fork Reform Synagogue were created to provide children with beginning to advanced religious education with special emphasis on meeting individual needs and requirements.

Learn More.

 

 

OUR NEWSLETTER

Check out all the Purim and Passover Holiday happenings and recipes along with ongoing Shabbat Schmooze & Learn and the new Flicks and Friends events. Don’t miss Jerry Levin’s new play. Learn about the Abayudaya congregation in Uganda.
 
 
Read about how some of us have gotten through the pandemic.
 
Please contact our Editor in Chief, Carol Brown, if you would like to publish a topical article.  Our Newsletter is published bi-monthly.
 
See past issues of our newsletter here.
 

You are welcome to join us in celebrating the New Year and worshiping on Yom Kippur.  View 2020 High Holiday Services here.  High Holiday 2020 Schedule.


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Photo Gallery

Take a look at different events, occasions, and ‘happenings’ here at our synagogue. Our Mitzvah Day celebrations, Tikkun Olam, simchas and special occasions!


Video Gallery

See our videos on the High Holidays and events we’ve held throughout the year.

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Social Action

Our community is actively involved with coordinating the efforts of the congregation’s activities, fulfilling the mitzvah of tikkun olam, repairing the world.


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Youth Groups

Combined social, educational, religious and social action programs to create opportunities for the synagogue’s children to create lasting friendships.


Newsletter

Newsletter Archive

Read more about what’s going on in our synagogue and community and learn about upcoming programs and events.


tamarindRecipes for Passover

Click below to see the latest recipes from NFRS members.

Passover Cookbook 2021

 

Upcoming Events

  1. Fri 16

    Shabbat Service – Yom Ha Shoah

    Featuring Cantor Ilana Davidson.   Our new
    Apr 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Sat 17

    Adult Education

    Don’t Miss a Special ADULT ED
    Apr 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  3. Sat 24

    Book Club

    The book for discussion will be
    Apr 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  4. Sat 24

    Shabbat Schmooze & Learn

    Please save April 24th for a
    Apr 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  5. Sat 01

    Shabbat Schmooze and Learn

    With Carol Brown
    May 01 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  6. Fri 07

    Shabbat Service

    Featuring Cantor Ilana Davidson.
    May 07 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm