Meet Al Kustanowitz who will speak about The World of Jewish Humor on Sunday April 7th at 9:30am at Congregation Agudas Israel

A long term devotee of Jewish humor, Al Kustanowitz has been collecting and sharing it even before there was an internet. In 2009, after a 36 year career at IBM where he managed new technology projects and presented strategy briefings to customer executives, Al founded Jewish Humor Central (, an internet blog, to bring a daily dose of fun and positive energy to readers. Each day thousands of subscribers worldwide get it by email, Facebook and Twitter. Subscriptions are free.

Al has published 11 books on Jewish humor based on his more than 2800 Blog postings, each of which includes a video clip and his commentary. Since 2013, Al has delivered more than 100 lectures on 20 Jewish humor topics in Sounth Florida and the Northeast, at JCC’s, synagogues, hotels, residential communities and for private organizations. He earned MBA ad BChE degrees from the City University of New York and taught computer science courses at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University.

Meet Jules Gutin – Sunday, March 31st 9:30AM at Congregation Agudas Israel, 290 North St., Newburgh

Meet Jules Gutin – Sunday, March 31st 9:30AM at Congregation Agudas Israel, 290 North St., Newburgh
Enjoy a light breakfast and hear Jules A. Gutin speak about “Zachor/Remember: As Jews what are we obligated to remember and how do we fulfill that obligation?” Jules Gutin served as a member of the Executive staff of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) for 44 years. During that time he served as International Director of United Synagogue Youth for 21 years. Jules has led numerous adult and teen groups to Poland and Eastern Europe serving as guide and educator. He is the author of Rejoice with Jerusalem, an educational text about the Holy City.
Please call 845-562-6504 to RSVP and for more information.

CAI Purim Dinner & Megillah Reading

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CAI Trip to see Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish in New York City on June 2nd

We have set up a trip to see Fiddler on the Roof. This is an absolutely fabulous production, in Yiddish with English supertitles. Produced by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, this production had a recent sold out run at the Museum of Jewish Heritage and is now moving to Stage 42, on 42nd Street, NYC. We have reserved a block of seats for Sunday matinee, June 2, 2019 at 1:00 PM. The cost for group orchestra seats is $109.00.


Please call Maryjean at (845) 562-5604 if you would like to reserve a seat. Seats must be paid for by May 15, 2019.



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Congregation Agudas Israel Speaker Series

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Rabbi Cella leads CAI for the 2019 World Wide Wrap

On Sunday, February 3rd, Rabbi Cella led the morning minyon in participating in the 2019 World Wide Wrap. First timers learned how to put on Tefillin with the help of our experienced congregants. After services, we enjoyed a delicious brunch along with additional learning on the ritual of Tefillin.

Downtown Bagels and Miracle Bagels are now certified Kosher (parve)

Shalom to the Members of Congregation Agudas Israel and the Jewish community of Newburgh and Friends Near and Wide:

We are pleased to advise you that our community now has freshly baked kosher bagels (pareve).

The production is supervised on a regular basis by Rabbi Moshe Edelman, one of our rabbis, to assure you of a quality product and to ensure you of a guaranteed standard of Jewish dietary acceptance.

From the flour to the making of the dough; from the dough to the bagel presentation (twisting); from the boiling of the bagels (in a dedicated huge pot) to their baking (in a special bagel only oven); every ingredient is under strict “HASHGACHA”, rabbinic supervision, in factories and on location Look for our certificate of supervision in the stores.

Please shop at Downtown Bagels located in the Mid Valley Mall 47 North Plank Rd, Suite 10 in Newburgh and Miracle Bagels 372 Windsor Hwy, New Windsor.


“I Never Really Did Like Kool -Aid: My Fifty Year Journey from Jesus to the Rabbinate”. 

Spend a lively social evening with Rabbi Margie Cella and hear her fascinating story:

“I Never Really Did Like Kool -Aid: My Fifty Year Journey from Jesus to the Rabbinate”.

Many of you have been asking to hear the story of Rabbi Cella’s journey to Judaism along with her husband and children, and then her continued journey which led her to the rabbinate. She promises you will not be bored!

We will gather at the Rabbinage for wine and cheese, hear this unusual story and enjoy coffee and cake. Please RSVP to the office at (845) 562-5604 .

PJ library

Looking forward to offering our thanks with PJ library tomorrow at 10:30am in the Copans Library. We will start with Havdalah, do a craft, sing songs, read PJ library books and have coffee for the grownups and donuts for everyone! Hope you have as much fun as we do!