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About us


The Chevra Adas Wolkowisk is a welcoming Jewish community open to people of all levels of Jewish learning and experience. The programs made possible by the Chevra provide opportunities for all to deepen their knowledge and practice of Judaism. Whether you are a mid-career Jewish professional interested in an ordination program to further serve the Jewish community, someone wishing to attend meaningful High Holy Day services without a minimum membership requirement or a person looking for a seasoned, charismatic marriage officiant, the Chevra can provide you with the services and the opportunities you desire. The Chevra (also referred to as the “Temple without Walls”) boasts an experienced staff with programs that are progressive and egalitarian.

The congregation, with offices presently in Woodmere, conducts religious services at various locations throughout the metropolitan area. It “brings the synagogue to the people.” Religious services have been conducted in Woodhaven, NY, Glenwood Landing, NY, Marlboro, NJ, New Hyde Park, NY, Sea Cliff, NY, and Flushing, NY. Wherever and whenever a group of Jews wish to come together for a religious service, the congregation will provide a rabbi, Torah, prayer books, and whatever else is needed for the occasion at modest cost.

Since a number of rabbis are members of the congregation, it sponsors a free speakers bureau.  The rabbis are available to synagogues, Jewish centers, and general community groups for lectures, scholar in residence weekends, religious retreats, elder hostel programs, etc.

The congregation, which was established in New York City in 1903, serves the Jewish community through philanthropy, maintaining burial ground in three cemeteries, provides graves — free of charge — to the Jewish poor on an immediate need basis, and sponsors religious services whenever called upon. The Chevra staff believes in giving back to the community and welcomes Jewish individuals to participate in its programs as one is moved to do so. Donations are always welcome and are invaluable in supporting our diverse and welcoming programs.

Ancient Menorah Stamp

17th Century Prayerbook, Germany

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