Our Affiliation

USCJ

We are affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the association of Conservative congregations in North America.

Memories from ‘A Morning to Remember’

About Us

A BRIEF HISTORY OF COMMACK JEWISH CENTER (Some memories collected at “A Morning to Remember,” December 2013)

1958 

  • 20 families, Mayfair Shopping Center, no Rabbi
  • Met at the house of Rabbi Zahn
  • Rabbi Goldberg

1964

  • First building
  • High Holy Days at LI Arena

1969

  • Rabbi Rubenstein
  • Nursery School?

1970

  • High Holy Days in tent
  • 2nd part of building
  • During the 70’s and 80’s, congregational meetings had around 100 members and board members present
  • Free Land Program by Suffolk County Kosher
  • Women’s bathroom added on main level
  • 325 members
  • Money problems

1976

  • Cantor Wolk
  • No Rabbi
  • Alan Wegman was the “Rabbi” in 1978
  • Tree of Life
  • Morning Minyan breakfasts

1979

  • Rabbi Berman
  • Holocaust Torah

1980

  • Kathi became full-time
  • Vicki Feldman organized and led Chicken Soup workshop from 1983 – 1989
  • Edythe Stein joined the Religious School staff in 1983

1985

  • Bond Issue
  • Bingo
  • Cemetery

1987

  • 1st Woman president of CJC
  • 1st morning Bat Mitzvah
  • Bingo ended?

1990

  • Torah writing
  • Janet Gewirtzman was the first woman to read from the Torah at her adult Bat Mitzvah in 1993

1994

  • FLAME program

1995 – 2009

  • Kol Echad Youth Chorus sang at High Holidays, Chanukah concerts, Borders Books (1996-1999), Gurwin (2008-2009), led by Cantor Berris and accompanied by Ellen Shuriff

1996

  • Social Hall roof collapsed
  • Beit Midrash project
  • Florence Cohen and Diana Leibowitz organized Passover Seders at CJC

1997

  • Cantor Berris

2000

  • Special Ed grant for the Hebrew School

2002

  • Religious School had 200 students
  • Rabbi Berman’s class on Understanding the Language of the Siddur began.  Class continued until he retired

2005

  • Renovation; merger with Temple Beth Am
  • Junior Congregation room was renovated

2007

  • 50th anniversary
  • Monthly Shabbat luncheons

2009

  • Chanukah program at St. Johnland Nursing Center with Rabbi Berman and Ellen Shuriff

2010

  • Rabbi Berman retired
  • Doris Wegman was the first woman to have an alihot 

2011

  • Rabbi Goldstein 
  • CJC became egalitarian

2012

  • Purchased new High Holiday mahzor books

2013

  • Rabbi Klatzker

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