Lower East Side Synagogue

Spiritual Life

Congregation Beth Sholom has been nourishing the spiritual life of its members since it first opened its doors. It has become home to a Conservative multi-generational, engaged and egalitarian spiritual community. From our warm traditional services that are enhanced with beautiful melodies, to creative arts programs that focus on the sacred as well as on the imaginative, there is a place for you at Beth Sholom and we invite you to visit to see for yourself. Please click here to fill out a form to make your visit more meaningful. Somebody will be in contact.


Prayer at Beth Sholom is a warm, communal experience. Kabbalat Shabbat services are held every Friday night, and Minhah and Ma’ariv services are held every Shabbat afternoon, with a study session and seudah shelishit (a light meal) during most of the year. Our services — primarily conducted by members of the synagogue — are fully egalitarian and follow the traditional ritual and worship of the Conservative movement.

We offer a variety of Shabbat morning services, each with its own special character.

The Sanctuary minyan, conducted by Rabbi Joel Pitkowsky and largely lay led, begins at 9 a.m in the Lewis Family Sanctuary. If you would like a Mi Shebeirakh L’Holim (Prayer for Healing) recited silently by Rabbi Pitkowsky on behalf of someone who is ill, click here for the form to submit a request.  
Minyan Koleinu is characterized by spirited and participatory melodies as part of a complete Shabbat davening experience. It meets on the second and fourth Shabbatot of the month at 9:00 a.m. in the Curtis Hereld Room, between September and June (see our calendar for more information). This traditional egalitarian service, modeled after New York’s Kehilat Hadar, features melodies used in contemporary and independent Shabbat services around the country. The service, which supports a family-friendly atmosphere, includes a full Pesukei D’zimrah, full Torah reading and a brief d’var Torah, which is presented by a congregant.
Children and Youth Minyanim range in age from infants through grade 7.  Read further for descriptions of these lively minyanim which also helps young parents meet each other!

Minyan Katan: During the school year, for young children under 3-1/2, accompanied by a parent and during the summer, for young children under 4, accompanied by a parent.

Minyan Shalom: For pre-K and Kindergarten children.

Minyan Gesher: For children in grades 1-3.

Minyan Sha’ar: For children in grades 4-5, on hiatus during summer.

Sababa:For children in grades 6-7 at 11 a.m. unless there is a bar or bat mitzvah and on hiatus during summer. All services meet on the lower level.




All weekday services are held in the Beit HaMidrash.


Evening Minyan: Sunday-Thursday at 8 p.m. (unless there is a shiva minyan)
Morning Minyan: Sunday at 9 a.m.; Monday and Thursday at 8:00 a.m.; Tuesday at 7 a.m.; Wednesday and Friday at 8:15 a.m.

Please consider signing up to attend one of our minyanim. Click here to go to our MINYAN SIGNUP PAGE.

Sometimes we still need a little help to fill a minyan. To receive notifications of when we need another adult,  please join our WhatsApp list by following the instructions below on your smartphone. We will only use the service if we are in need of a minyan.

Download the app WhatsApp on your smartphone (see https://www.whatsapp.com/ for more info).
Sign up for an account (it’s free).
Go into “Settings”, and then the sub-menu “Notifications”, and make sure that “message notifications” and “group notifications” are on.
Email office@cbsteaneck.org with your cell phone number (the one you associated with your WhatsApp account) and the subject line “join minyan list”, and the office will get in touch with the current group administrators to add you to the list.


We love to sing!  Music is an integral part of the spiritual fabric of Congregation Beth Sholom, allowing us to experience our liturgy on multiple levels and to join together in one voice as one community.  Click here to listen and learn some of our favorite congregational melodies.

In time for the holidays, a  new Piyut, “Come to Us with Mercy”, composed by the scholar and lyricist, Freha bat Avraham bar Adiva has been added to our recordings.  Click above to hear it on the High Holiday Melodies (All Services) tab.







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Congregation Beth Sholom | 354 Maitland Ave., | Teaneck, NJ 07666 | Tel 201-833-2620

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Congregation Beth Sholom
354 Maitland Ave.,
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Tel 201-833-2620

© Congregation Beth Sholom
Website by Agile Digital Solutions, LLC