Congregation Sons of Israel was founded in 1928 and held its first High Holiday services at the local Woodmere Fire House. The first synagogue building was erected in 1933, followed by a Youth Center in 1935, largely due to the financial support of several devoted members. As the community grew, so did the synagogue. From the start, the synagogue’s focus was on Jewish education for the throngs of young families and children that were settling in this growing area of Long Island. As a result, a Hebrew School was immediately established to serve their needs and today stands as one of Congregation Sons of Israel’s proudest contributions to the community.
Over the years, the congregation has been served by distinguished Rabbis: Rabbi David Rubin (1932-1942,), Rabbi Elias Blackowitz (1942-1946), Rabbi Irving Miller (1946-1963), Rabbi Saul Teplitz (1963-1991), Rabbi Dr. Bruce Ginsburg (1991-2022). We are honored to have Rabbi Steven Saks currently serving our congregation.
A Traditional Conservative Synagogue. Congregation Sons of Israel holds a unique place in Jewish life in Woodmere and the Five Towns area. From its inception, the congregation has strived to embrace the diverse spiritual and social needs of its community. Congregation Sons of Israel reaches out to families, couples, singles, young and old who think traditional Jewish values have retained their relevance to modern life and believe that secular concerns can coexist comfortably with religious ideals. Our synagogue is dedicated to enriching the religious, educational, and social experience of its members.