Lincoln Square Synagogue

50 Years Later, Honoring Slain Freedom Fighters

Jewish and black congregants pay tribute to three activists murdered in 1964.

10/28/2014
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You couldn’t blame the passersby for their extended stares and double takes. It must have seemed a strange scene: a black Baptist minister leading a crowd of Jews and a smattering of African Americans in the singing of “We Shall Overcome” on an Upper West Side street corner, yarmulkes flying every which way in the chilly autumn wind. 

At Freedom Place on the Upper West Side, the Rev. Jacques DeGraff memorializes the three slain volunteers. Michael Doppelt

Hartman North America Taking On Bigger Role

Two educators, one Orthodox and one Reform, join think tank faculty.

01/21/2014
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Underscoring its commitment to pluralism, attracting high-quality educators and the expansion of its educational work, the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America hired Elana Stein Hain and Rabbi Leon Morris to new positions this week. The move solidifies the institute’s increasing role in its effort to develop and teach new ways of exploring Judaism, Israel and the relationship between North America and the Jewish state, with an emphasis on textual study.

Rabbi Leon Morris and Elana Stein Hain will expand the work of Jerusalem-based educational institution.

Time For The Payoff?

A year after moving into its pricey new space, a push for young members seen garnering results.

12/31/2013
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Michaela and Jonathan Lehr, a newly married couple who moved to the Upper West Side in May, figured they would attend worship services at one of the neighborhood’s many Modern Orthodox synagogues but didn’t plan to join one. “Our lives are so busy,” said Michaela, 25, who works on the finance team of a startup.

The changing face of Lincoln Square: A new members board touts a hoped-for youth movement at the synagogue. Miyan Levenson

New Cantor, New Look

A Borough Park-raised hazzan knows that he has 'big shoes to fill' at the shul his predecessor served for 50 years.

09/17/2013
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After nearly a half-century, Lincoln Square Synagogue on the Upper West Side is getting a new cantor. Cantor Yaakov Lemmer, a native of Brooklyn’s fervently Orthodox Borough Park neighborhood, is succeeding Cantor Sherwood Goffin, who has served at Lincoln Square since its founding in 1965.

Cantor Yaakov Lemmer: “Big shoes to fill.” Via Cantorlemmer.com

Tim Boxer On NJOP

02/14/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist

To reconnect Jews worldwide with their faith, Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald, formerly of New York’s Lincoln Square Synagogue, founded the National Jewish Outreach Program in 1987. Prominent hedge fund manager Michael Steinhardt donated $1.5 million to jumpstart the organization that helps Jews  rediscover the principles of Judaism and learn how to engage in Jewish ritual.

Michael Steinhardt, Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald and Sam Domb (Photo by Tim Boxer)

Entering Lincoln Square’s Second Temple Period

A longtime congregant of the pioneering Modern Orthodox synagogue looks back, and to the future.

01/15/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Editor’s note: Last weekend the congregants of Lincoln Square Synagogue on 69th Street and Amsterdam Avenue made the move from their old building to their new one, a few doors down the block.

Carry on: Women congregants at Lincoln Square Synagogue escort Torah scrolls from its old home to its new one. Rose Landowne

Lincoln Square Still Mourns Slain Congregant

Shele Danishefsky Covlin remembered warmly; family launches fund in her memory.

02/01/2011
Editor And Publisher

Some 400 family, friends and fellow congregants gathered at Lincoln Square Synagogue on a recent Sunday afternoon to memorialize a 47-year-old woman whose mysterious death on New Years’ Eve 13 months ago attracted tabloid headlines at the time, and again several months later when it was determined she had been murdered.

Shele Danishefsky Covlin’s death on Dec. 31, 2009 has deeply affected Lincoln Square Synagogue.

Lincoln Square Gets $20 Million, Conditionally

Funds to complete West Side shul’s new building contingent on members’ donations.

11/16/2010
Staff Writer

An undisclosed donor has committed $20 million to complete construction of the Lincoln Square Synagogue’s 50,000-square-foot building on the Upper West Side and provide a small endowment, the congregation told its members Thursday.

The gift, however, comes with a string: It is contingent on the synagogue raising an additional $3 million by April 30, 2011. The donor, whose identity is known only to the synagogue’s rabbi, Shaul Robinson, also stipulated that “an overwhelming majority” of the synagogue’s membership donate to the cause.

 Rabbi Shaul Robinson.

Lincoln Square Halts Construction On New Shul; Project Millions More Than Planned

10/15/2010

Anyone who has walked by the construction site of the new Lincoln Square Synagogue on Amsterdam Avenue lately has surely noticed that there’s not much construction going on. This week, the prestigious Modern Orthodox shul announced on its website that construction on the three-story, 50,000-square-foot- building has indeed halted.

Recession, cost overruns have halted construction on new Lincoln Square Synagogue on Amsterdam Ave.

On Rotem Conversion Bill, Focus Should Be On Israel

Conversions of Russians trump concern over Chief Rabbinate hegemony.

08/04/2010
Editor And Publisher

 I’m having second — and third — thoughts about the wisdom of rejecting outright the controversial conversion bill in Israel.

Before you get too worked up about that statement, please hear me out.

Gary Rosenblatt
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