• Sukkah decorating at the Rabbinage

  • World Wide Wrap at CAI

  • Purim Fun at CAI

  • Al Baruch with ancient Megilot scroll

A message from our President

In addition to the High Holiday services we are having Zoom Friday night services, currently at 6 pm and combined Zoom and in-Shul Saturday morning services at 9:15 am. We are going to have combined Zoom and in-Shul services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. For those that want to come in person let us know how many will be coming to each service by answering your email survey or contacting us at the CAI phone number or email. We will have seating set for proper social distancing. Families that are at home together can sit together at our onsite services. Anyone who is present must wear masks, except Rabbi Jacob and the Cantor will wear shields when up at the Bema but will otherwise wear masks. All Aliyah’s will be done from the seats. Please bring your own Kippah and tallit, however both will be available if you need them. If you are coming back on the second day of Rosh Hashanah you should leave your prayer book and loaned tallit on the seat for the next day and place your nametag on top. If attendance is more than can be handled with proper social distancing, we will have duplicate services. In that case you can place your kippahs and tallit in a preordained area and place your nametag on the top. If you borrowed a kippah take it with you and bring it back the second day. If you are not coming back on the second day of Rosh Hashanah please remove your prayer book and tallit and place them in the used book and tallit section. You may leave your kippah in a return container or you may keep your borrowed kippah.  We will be using books (and tallit) that haven’t been used on the first day of Rosh Hashanah for those coming in on the second day of Rosh Hashanah only. I am looking forward to seeing you during the High Holiday services and I am wishing you all a healthy and happy New Year. In the meantime, please join us for a Friday night and/or Saturday service. If we do not have your email please send it to Maryjean Dominick  (maryjean@kolyisraelnewburgh.org)  as soon as possible. All the Zoom links are being sent by email, thus we cannot communicate these to you unless we have your email. Also, please forward current telephone numbers so we have the ability to reach you by phone. We will again be having a fundraiser/pledge at the time of the High Holiday. Our donations were down last year and as well this year, so far. If you are in a position to give more this year it will be appreciated. If you are not going to be at the High Holiday services in person, please keep this in mind. Click here for our High Holiday schedule of services.

Barry Hyman, President, CAI


We have started to re-open the Kol Yisrael building to the public based on New York State Phase 4 Reopening Guidelines. On-site activities are currently limited to Shabbat morning services, where we are following social distancing guidelines of 12 foot spacing of seating. The wearing of face coverings is required in the building. We continue to provide on line  programming using Zoom and other internet connection sources. We have a Friday night service on Zoom prior to Shabbat with Rabbi Jacob. Shabbat morning services are broadcast via Zoom, in addition to the on site attendance. Please check our Facebook page for links, if not available on our website.  We are learning quickly how to improve our communication. For questions contact our Synagogue office at 562-5604 or Rabbi Jacob at 610-656-7345.   Stay Safe.  

– Barry Hyman, President

Our Rabbi – Jacob Rosner (aka Rabbi Jacob) !

Congregation Agudas Israel strives not just to welcome, but to embrace all who come through our doors.  We are connectors–to one another, to God, to Israel.  CAI recognizes the humanity of all.  We do not check your card at our door, but hope that you will find an inspiring kehillah (community).

Congregation Agudas Israel is an egalitarian, Conservative Synagogue in Newburgh, New York in the beautiful Hudson Valley. We strive to educate, encourage, support, enrich, and inspire our members and friends to live engaged Jewish lives. Through prayer, study, observance, and social activities we build deep spiritual connections. Focused on the Holy One, on Torah and on Israel, we celebrate the whole person, soul and body.

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