Founded in 1959, the OJC is greater Rockland County's fastest-growing Conservative congregation, with close to 500 member-families. We're an egalitarian synagogue, devoted to promoting the highest ethical, moral and religious standards while fostering respect for ourselves and others. Emphasis is placed on the values of connection to God, Torah study and attachment to Israel.
Rabbi Craig Scheff has been OJC's spiritual leader since 1996. Regarded as one of the area's most prominent young rabbis, Rabbi Scheff is revered for his energetic, enlightening and inspirational approach to Jewish life, worship, learning and philanthropy. Rabbi Paula Mack Drill, joined the OJC clergy team in 2004. A social worker prior to becoming a rabbi, Rabbi Drill brings a unique blend of social consciousness and personal relationships to our community.
The atmosphere at OJC is warm and welcoming, inclusive and participatory. We conduct evening minyans every day of the week, morning minyans on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, a family service one Friday night each month -- and, of course, Shabbat and holiday services year-round.
The OJC maintains an innovative Young Families Program, a vibrant Religious School, and Na’aseh, a unique, award-winning program for high school students. Youth participate in well-established groups from Ruach (4th and 5th grade) to Kadima (6th – 8th grade) and USY (9th – 12th). Congregants participate in an active Sisterhood and Men's Club, and HAZAK for our older adults. Our multi-generational programming creates a true sense of family. Our synagogue plays host to an extensive variety of social, charitable, educational and outreach programs serving the entire Jewish community -- and the community at-large.
There are membership plans to suit every need and budget, and High Holiday tickets are included at no additional charge for members in good standing.
We invite you to join us in prayer, study, social action -- and interaction. We welcome your participation and input in helping us shape our committed and vibrant community.
For more in-depth information, please visit the following pages:
- Introduction to The OJC
- Lay Leadership
- Educational Staff
- Professional Staff
- Rabbinical Interns
- Our Sanctuary
- Become a Member
- Contact us
- Visit us