Welcome to The Carlebach Shul
|The uniqueness of The Carlebach Shul lies in its ability to bring together and inspire a wide spectrum of the Jewish population. The unaffiliated Jew, the modern-orthodox, the traditional Chassid, as well as a host of scholars-in-residence all come to pray, sing, dance, and learn together in an environment that embodies holiness, spirituality, and joy. Through Rabbi Carlebach’s inspiration, Friday night has become a time for Jews of all backgrounds to gather at The Carlebach Shul to live the paradise of Shabbos. This legacy is being continued today with fervor and excitement by our spiritual leader, Reb Shlomo’s great-nephew, Rabbi Naftali Citron. The synagogue has blossomed into a haven for hundreds of Jews who come every week to live 25 hours of Shabbos bliss. What is the secret of our success?|
Our secret is rooted in two fundamental Torah teachings: Neshama Yeseira, a special soul we receive on Shabbos, and Lechem Mishnah, the two loaves of bread we have on Shabbos commemorating the double portion of Manna we received in the desert for Shabbos. Finding the special Shabbos souls who are hungry for G-d (the Neshama Yeseira) and feeding them the double portion (Lechem Mishnah) is our goal.
Reb Shlomo's teachings
Indeed, in order to reach the lofty goal of a never-ending Shabbos, The Carlebach Shul, together with its rabbi, is dedicated to bringing Reb Shlomo's Torah teachings to Jews of all backgrounds in an atmosphere of warmth and joy.
Although every day is truly special at the Carlebach Shul, there are certain days and certain events that are a must for us. Among the most special times at our synagogue are Selichos night, Hoshanah Rabbah, Simchas Torah, Chanukah, Tu B'Shvat, Purim, our beautiful and touching weekend-long commemoration of Rabbi Shlomo's Yahrzeit, and our Yom Tov celebrations.
Make membership in the Carlebach Shul your gift to yourself! Commit to helping the Carlebach Shul grow and continue to spread the message of our beloved Reb Shlomo, zt'l!
Congregation Kehilath Jacob, known as the Carlebach Shul, is an established landmark of Manhattan's West Side. It is certainly one of the most unique synagogues in New York City, possibly in the world.