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Welcome to The Fair Lawn Jewish Center / Congregation B'nai Israel

The Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Congregation B’nai Israel is a Conservative, traditional-egalitarian synagogue that has been at the center of Jewish life in Fair Lawn and neighboring communities for the past seventy years. We are a welcoming and inclusive congregation in which all members are made to feel comfortable and at home. We take great pride in our vibrant community, and look forward to sharing our traditions with new members and passing on our legacy to future generations.

We offer daily morning and evening minyanim and weekly Shabbat services throughout the year in addition to services for all Jewish holidays. Our synagogue is dedicated to education for learners of any age, with an active Religious School and Adult Education program. Other important arms of FLJC/CBI include an active Men’s Progress club and vibrant Sisterhood program, both of which provide plenty of opportunities for tzedakah projects, special events and various activities. Read more.

Rabbi Shargel invites everyone to try these new Adult Classes. 

Bible and Song Wednesday 8:00 PM in the Youth Lounge (following the evening minyan)

October 23rd and 30th, November 13th, December 4th and 11th 

Understanding the Siddur Sunday, 8:45 AM in Room 206
October 27th, November 10th, 17th, 24th and December 8th



Such a simple number

An important number

It takes 10 to make a minyan.
Every morning and every evening.

We need all of you--



Kids—Bar/Bas Mitzvah Age and up

We need every one of YOU to help us keep alive our long tradition of the daily minyan. Please come . . . and help us make a perfect 10!


Your commitment to regularly attending Morning and Evening Minyanim at FLJC/CBI is important for those who say Kaddish and for the impact your pledge has on the entire community! Thank you for further strengthening our Congregation!

Click for Minyan Sign Up Form

Office Hours

Monday—Thursday, 9:00 A.M—5:00 P.M.
Friday, 9:00 A.M.— 2:00 P.M.

Our Bookkeeper Gilda is available on Monday & Thursday,  9:00 A.M.—5:00 P.M. 

Howard and Joshua Herman Education Center Religious School 

Our dedicated professional faculty creatively engages our students in Jewish Life and Learning throughout the school year.

School Schedule

  • Our kindergarten and first graders participate in a Sunday only curriculum 9:00 AM–12:15 PM.
  • Grades 2nd–7th graders attend school Sunday 9:00 AM–12:15 PM, and Tuesday afternoon 3:45-6:00 PM.

Saturday, November 23rd is our first Junior Congregation.

A special honor for our grades KG/1, Gan and Aleph, who will be chanting Adon Olam, all grades are encouraged to attend. Including teachers and parents. Please come and see how beautiful our temple looks when the sanctuary is filled!

For more info contact Neil Garfinkle, Interim/Acting Principal
Email: principal@fljc.com


Family Events

Hope to see everyone on Friday, November 15th at 6:00 P.M.

Join with your family and friends for a Fun Fall Shabbat Family Dinner in your PJs! There will be a Family Friendly Service followed by a delicious dairy dinner and make your own Sundaes for dessert! 


Synagogue Skills Learning Institute

Have you ever wanted to learn to read Torah? Have you ever wanted to learn to read Hebrew? 

To enrich your experience at the Fair Lawn Jewish Center, instruction will now be available for Torah Reading lessons; Haftarah chanting; How to daven various services, such as Minha & Ma'ariv; Learning the b'rakhot; and How to develop skills to follow Shabbat services more easily.  

A corps of mentors are ready and willing to begin instruction on your schedule. Free and open to our members. To register, email Ellen Wertheim at ellenwer@hotmail.com. Please indicate what skills you're interested in. 

Adult Education

Check out our Adult Education page to learn more about the Nosh & Knowledge class given by Rabbi Roth. Check out the Book of the Lunch programs scheduled throughout the year. 


See our Sisterhood Calendar for upcoming programs

Sunday, November 10th 9:30 A.M.-11:00 A.M. Bornstein Room

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro. Moderator will be Leslie Frucht who will offer a light and engaging discussion. Join us for a memoir of genealogy, paternity and love. Open to everyone; a light breakfast will be served. RSVP to fljccbisisterhood@gmail.com

Men's Progress Club

Learn more about the Men's Progress Club here.

Thursday, November 14th 7:45 P.M. Pulka Room

Join the fun at our Fall 2019 Poker Tournament, $25 entry fee, 18 and older play. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Finishers will receive a medallion or trophy. For more info. contact Neil Garfinkle at finkley@aol.com

Social Action

Learn more about our wonderful Social Action programs here.

Sunday, November 24th, Federation’s Mitzvah Day collection site at FLJC. Magazines, to be used for memory books for Alzheimer patients. Travel-size new toiletries for shelters. Sign up to participate on 11/24 with JFNNJ! Very rewarding! Bring the whole family!  

ESP (Emergency Supply Packages) collection: For elderly in our community who receive Meals on Wheels these packages can hold  them over in the event of inclement weather. Hebrew school students will help assemble them in early December.

J-ADD Thanksgiving Day Flowers: Order beautiful flowers for your Thanksgiving table, while at the same time helping those with disabilities! Click here for the flyer.

December Project Chanukah Toy Drive 

Ongoing Shabbat meals for those who were recently in the hospital. (Don’t forget to let the office know if you would like a meal!) Call the temple at 201-796-5040.