Astoria Center of Israel sanctuary (Photo © Mark Milch) The murals, by Louis Pierre Rigal, were inspired by the Pirkei Avot, Chapter 5, Verse 23, where Rabbi Judah Ben Tema says: "Be bold as a leopard, light as an eagle, swift as a deer, and strong as a lion, to carry out the will of your Father in Heaven".



Astoria Center of Israel is an egalitarian synagogue that maintains a conservative Jewish tradition and is built around a warm, wonderful group of people that embraces a wide variety of perspectives on Judaism in a joyful and inclusive community.
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27-35 Crescent Street, Astoria (Queens), New York 718-278-2680
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Do a mitzvah and join our coat drive!  ACI has partnered with the New York Board of Rabbis and Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty to be an official collection site for their "Winter Coat Drive." Please drop your gently-worn clean coats at ACI from now through the end of February. Further details, call the ACI office.

Astoria Center of Israel Hebrew School and education news.  Classes are starting up this year in mid-September; call the office for more info and to register. ACI and its Hebrew School offer a warm, supportive, and lively Jewish atmosphere for children to gain an exciting awareness of Jewish life and to foster and strengthen their Jewish identity. Also Tot Shabbat program for pre-schoolers and toddlers continues.  Click HERE to visit the Hebrew School page for more information.

Ongoing Adult Hebrew classes. Native Israelis and ACI members Alona and Shlomo Shevach teach a weekly, introductory Hebrew class, covering reading, writing, and conversation. This class is free to all ACI members (but you must pre-register, and seriously intend to regularly attend classes.) To registers call (718-278-2680) or email astoriashul[at] the ACI office. Non-members also welcome - contact the ACI office regarding registration and fees.

You can raise funds for the Astoria Center of Israel when you order items from Amazon! Simply go to -- and ACI will receive a small percentage of your Amazon order! On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization (ACI) to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation to ACI.

Make a Stop at the Red Apple - purchase your own autographed copy of the acclaimed Stop at the Red Apple. Authored by our Elaine Freed Lindenblatt, it tells the story of her family's 50-plus-year-old landmark restaurant on NY Route 17. To purchase this collector's item, contact the ACI office for a personalized autograph. A portion of the proceeds benefit ACI. The book is on display in the lobby showcase.

Buy The Keys to Fanny by ACI member Sally Constain. Another delightful way to raise funds for ACI and to recognize the accomplishment of one of our many talented ACI members is to purchase the recently published novel by Sally Constain. The Keys to Fanny is an engaging and wonderful novel geared for young readers, but which everyone will enjoy. Signed copies are available in the ACI office for $10, with profits donated to ACI. Mazal tov and thank you to Sally!

Get beautiful items at our gift shop. Judaica, housewares, chochkas, and fine gifts - both modern and retro are available - all at incredibly reasonable prices (a 'steal' actually!) Need a house-warming gift, a birthday item, or a token of appreciation for a deserving friend, colleague, or mentor? Look no further than our ACI gift shop, where you'll find one-of-a-kind items, and all money from sales goes to ACI! Items have been recently moving off the shelves - so come get yours before it disappears! (For assistance with the gift shop, or questions, contact Elaine Lindenblatt or Judy Pearl) The gift shop is located in the lobby showcase and the social hall showcase on the lower level.

Sign your child up for free Jewish books from the PJ Library. PJ LIBRARY IS A JEWISH FAMILY ENGAGEMENT program implemented on a local level throughout North America, mailing free, high-quality Jewish children's literature and music to families across the continent on a monthly basis. All families raising Jewish children from age six months of age through five, six, seven or eight years (depending on the community) are welcome to sign up on the Astoria Center of Israel page of the PJ Library Website.

The ACI Cookbook is heating up! Co-chairs Gina Friedlander and Zahava Alter ask you to submit recipes to us at Recipe forms are available from the information table in the synagogue lobby. You can also download the form - right-click on your mouse and choose 'save as' to download the form in Word format or click HERE to download the form in PDF format. You're encouraged to submit 3 or 4 favorites and we'll include as many as possible. The more creative, them-based, or holiday, the better. And make sure they're kosher! Please address any questions to Thanks for your help!


All events are at the Astoria Center of Israel unless otherwise noted. Events may be cancelled due to weather conditions. Check this website for cancellation notices.

Shabbat services are every Saturday beginning at 9:30 am.   

ACI Board Meeting
Date: Tuesday, January 5
Time: 7:30 pm.
Open to all members. 
Tu B’Shvat Dinner & Kabbalat Shabbat Service
Date: Friday, January 22
Time: 6:00 pm.
To include 7 species to mark the biblical New Year of the Trees, part of themed Friday Night Series for ACI’s 90th Anniversary Celebration. Watch for details.
Shabbat Services
Date: Saturday, January 23
Time: 9:30 am
Kiddush Luncheon
Date: Saturday, Jan. 30
Time: following services.
Date: Saturday, February 13
Time: Following services
Enjoy a kiddush luncheon, and such activities as ping-pong and Jewish Jeopardy, with the beautiful Havdalah ceremony at Shabbat’s conclusion. 

Shabbat Across America, Special Friday night dinner
Date: March 4
Time: TBA


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Parents Cooperative 
If anyone has infants or toddlers and would like to participate in a Parents class please contact Judy Markowitz at or Judy Pearl at for additional information and upcoming events.

If you are interested in learning about conversion, please call the Rabbi at the Astoria Center at 718-278-2680.

For complete details see our EVENTS page.

  Parents Cooperative If anyone has infants or toddlers and would like to participate in a Parents class please contact Judy Markowitz at or Judy Pearl at for additional information and upcoming events.





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