Welcome to the Rockland Jewish Initiative

The Rockland Jewish Initiative (RJI) was created in 2012 by philanthropist Lisa Green, in conjunction with the Jewish Federation of Rockland County. Its mission is to energize synagogue life in Rockland through partnerships in synagogue transformation. The Rockland Jewish Initiative works with synagogues through grants to engage members and new leadership, through showcasing models, projects and ideas for synagogue renewal, and by bringing speakers and workshops on synagogue transformation to Rockland.

Learn more about the Rockland County Board of Rabbis' synagogues: download the brochure

New Member Grants

RJI's New Member Grant is available to new member families at synagogues on the Rockland County Board of Rabbis (see list below). The grant is a one-time gift towards synagogue membership or Hebrew school tuition. Eligible families must have no synagogue affiliation within the past 3 years in Rockland County and must participate in a synagogue committee, PTA, etc., to receive the grant.


Rockland County Board of Rabbis Synagogues

Beth Am Temple in Pearl River, Congregation Shaarey Israel in Montebello, Congregation Sons of Israel in Upper Nyack, Congregation Sons of Jacob in Haverstraw, Montebello Jewish Center in Suffern, Nanuet Hebrew Center in New City, New City Jewish Center in New City, Orangetown Jewish Center in Orangeburg, Reform Temple of Rockland in Spring Valley and Nyack, Temple Beth Sholom in New City and West Clarkstown Jewish Center in New City.

Contact Us

We are part of the Jewish Federation of Rockland County. Our office is in the Federation suite, in the Rockland Jewish Community Campus, 450 West Nyack Road, West Nyack, NY 10994. 

To reach us by phone or email, please contact:

Cantor Barry Kanarek, Director
845 362-4200 ext. 170   |   845 635-4282 fax   |   bkanarek@jewishrockland.org

Jewish Rockland 2015 Study: The Landscape of Rockland County

Nov. 12 2014 Presentation (PDF)

Feb. 5 2015 Presentation (PDF)

April 2 2015 Final Report (PDF)


Connected Congregations: From Dues and Membership to Sustaining Communities of Purpose download this report


The Spirituality of Welcoming: How to Transform Your Congregation Into a Sacred Community by Dr. Ron Wolfson. Jewish Lights Publishing
Relational Judaism: Using the Power of Relationships to Transform the Jewish Community by Ron Wolfson. Jewish Lights Publishing


Tomorrow's Synagogue Today: Creating Vibrant Centers of Jewish Life by Rabbi Hayim Herring. The Alban Institute


Sacred Strategies: Transforming Synagogues From Functional to Visionary by Isa Aron, Steven M. Cohen, Lawrence A. Hoffman and Ari Y. Kelman. The Alban Institute


Generations & Regeneration: Engagement and Fidelity in 21st Century American Jewish Life by David Elcott & Stuart Himmelfarb download this report

Why Join a Synagogue?

  • To be part of a community

  • To connect spiritually

  • To grow and learn

  • To pass the torch

  • To help others

  • To celebrate life!

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Connected Congregations

Connected Congregations is a series of four educational sessions for congregational teams from the Rockland County Board of Rabbis' synagogues. Find upcoming session dates and topics here.