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The Pine Brook Jewish Center might be the oldest synagogue in Morris County having served the Jewish community since 1896, but we are truly 123 years young.

 

Serving a diverse Jewish community, PBJC is a place to worship in a warm inclusive environment, to learn at every stage of life, to give back within and outside our community, and to enjoy a full social experience. We are dedicated to building a vibrant, better educated, more active, more inclusive and more committed Jewish community.

 

The PBJC is located in Montville, New Jersey and originally held religious services in local farmhouses. From 1906-1912, services were held in the Sunrise Hotel on Hook Mountain Road in Pine Brook. In 1912, the first building was erected. This building was expanded in 1950 and again in 1970 when the congregation reached 75 families. In 1982, PBJC, then consisting of about 150 families, constructed the current building.

 

In 1995, Lake Hiawatha Jewish Center, a neighboring congregation established in 1945, merged with PBJC, and as a result the congregation gained approximately 100 new families. In 2019, PBJC was pleased to merge with Congregation Beth Shalom of Pompton Lakes. Currently, the congregation consists of approximately 420 families and several hundred nursery and religious school-aged children.

 

Our spiritual leaders, Rabbi Mark Finkel and Cantor Menachem Toren, have been a part of our community for many years. Their warmth, guidance, and leadership help to make the Pine Brook Jewish Center a place to call home. They are always available and help each member nurture their spiritual connections.

 

The Pine Brook Jewish Center offers weekly Shabbat services on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. There are interactive family Shabbat services on the first Friday of every month as well as Tot Shabbat and “Shabbat Alive” services that take place several times a year with themed family Shabbat dinners offering an engaging musical experience.

 

PBJC’s Nursery School offers a highly rated state-licensed early childhood program led by an experienced, loving, professional staff. Our philosophy is to provide young children with a rich and stimulating environment that is warm, loving, and supportive of each child’s own rate of learning and development. The Giggle Zone, our full-time day care program, runs from 7:30 AM to 6 PM and is for ages 18 months to 5 years. A fabulous summer camp experience is offered as well.

 

Our Religious School offers an excellent curriculum with enrichment opportunities. Many of our students choose to continue their Jewish education beyond their Bar or Bat Mitzvah in our Hebrew High School program, B’Yachad. We also offer holiday workshops for nursery school aged children.

 

We offer dynamic programming and fun social events throughout the year. Clubs and groups include SASS (Socially Active Single Seniors), Chaverim, Friendship Club, Sisterhood, Men’s Club, and USY.

 

Contact us or stop by for a visit. We look forward to meeting you!

Fri, April 3 2020 9 Nisan 5780