Brooklyn Heights Synagogue Open House Sunday

This Sunday, September 18, the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, 131 Remsen Street (between Clinton and Henry) will hold an open house and learning workshops in preparation for the High Holy Days. A study session with the Rabbi will start at 10:00 a.m., followed by High Holy Days workshops (“fun for the whole family”) from 11:15 to 12:30 p.m. Immediately after, lunch, featuring delicacies from Shelsky’s Smoked Fish, will be served (I’m tempted to show up for this, and I’m not Jewish). All day, you may explore membership, the religious school, the Judaica shop, the women’s homeless shelter, and events and committees. All free and open to the public. For more information, call 718-522-2070.

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  • Knight

    Claude: you don’t have to be Jewish to learn about Judaism. I’m sure the folks at the synagogue on Remsen Street would love to share a meal with you and talk about their faith & culture.

  • Claude Scales

    Knight: actually, for the past several years I, along with other members of the Grace Church congregation, have annually attended a Shabbat service at BHS. Members of the Synagogue have reciprocated by attending our service the following Sunday morning. I also participated in a workshop on art and poetry at BHS during an art show there several months ago.

    My love of smoked whitefish began when I was in high school in Tampa, and my friend Andy Bregman’s mom invited me to join them for lunch. My introduction to bagels and lox, however, came when my University of South Florida classmate Kathleen O’Connell shared some that she’d brought from a deli in Sarasota.

  • nabeguy

    Ah, yes, Kathleen O’Connell…a nice Jewish name if ever I heard one. Are you sure they weren’t kippers and scones Claude?

  • Claude Scales

    Bagels and lox it was. Of course, before we could partake, Kathleen said a blessing and made the sign of the cross.

  • Josh G

    Perhaps I’m a bad Jew because I cannot stand smoked fish. Yuck!

    As for BHS – I went once for Rosh Hashanah 2nd morning and had a really nice time. The rabbi was very welcoming, considering I was not a synagogue member. She was very friendly and excited for non-members to participate in the service, and we spoke for awhile. I should go again this year.