Our school children prepare some gifts

A Torah scribe teaches religious school about the Torah

Torah Scribe shows religious school children the Torah

Enjoying the Challah that we baked for Rosh Hashanah

The joy of carrying the Torah

Simchat Torah carry Torah around temple

Our religious school - no question goes unanswered

Preparing to decorate the Sukkah

Rabbi Goodman reads a Chanukah story

The Garden City Jewish Center is a thriving Reform congregation in which Jews of all denominations, dual-faith families, singles, and students are welcome.  Members from all over Long Island celebrate Regular Shabbat services on Friday evenings.

We have a "Sundays-Only" Religious School for Pre-K through Bar/Bat Mitzvah students. Active Sisterhood. Adult Education.

We have modest membership dues and no building fund. Call for Membership and Religious School registration information.

The GCJC has member families from Garden City and many surrounding towns, including New Hyde Park, Rockville Centre, Mineola, Franklin Square, West Hempstead, Malverne, Lynbrook, Floral Park, Baldwin, Great Neck, Westbury, Garden City Park, Elmont, East Hills, East Meadow, Hempstead, Albertson, Valley Stream, Merrick, Manhasset, Williston Park, Bayside, and more.

For information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 516 248-9180.

Schedule of Services and Events

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Friday, August 29, 2014 7:30pm
Open House

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Friday, August 29, 2014 8:00pm
Shabbat Services - Rabbi Goodman Returns!

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Friday, September 5, 2014 7:00pm
Pot Luck Supper

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Friday, September 5, 2014 8:00pm
Shabbat Service

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Saturday, September 6, 2014 11:00am
Torah Study

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Sunday, September 7, 2014 9:00am
Religious School - First Day

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Friday, September 12, 2014 8:00pm
Shabbat Service

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Saturday, September 13, 2014 11:00am
Torah Study

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Sunday, September 14, 2014 9:00am
Religious School

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Friday, September 19, 2014 7:00pm
Early (7 PM) Shabbat Service

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Saturday, September 20, 2014 11:00am
Torah Study

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Sunday, September 21, 2014 9:00am
Religious School

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 8:00pm
Rosh Hashanah Evening Services - Day 1

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 10:00am
Rosh Hashanah Morning Services - Day 1

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 10:30am
Rosh Hashanah Children's Services

Garden City Jewish Center Religious School


Our school continues to meet on Sundays only, Religious School Havdalah Servicefeaturing the Havdalah service at the start of the day. We are asking for your cooperation in bringing the students by 8:45 AM so that we start no later than 9:00 AM. We will naturally continue to include all the children during this service and enable them to learn the music, prayers, tzedakah and rituals.

Religious School children in SukkahAfter the Havdalah service concludes at 9:40 AM, Grades 1 - 4 will be grouped together in the Alef class, Grades 5 & 6 in the Junior class and Grades 6, 7 and 8 in the Senior (or Binei Mitzvah) class. Lessons will continue to be individualized as students’ needs dictate. There will be three classes during the rest of the day (very similar to previous years in that they feature Jewish History, Bible, Culture and Hebrew), at 40 minutes each. The final period will be from 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM, where Margie Edelman will offer a multi-age level Cultural Art experience to children of all groups, while "pull-outs" by the Rabbi take place for Binei Mitzvah prayer and chanting practice.

Art Class Sunday Religious SchoolOur youngest children (age 3 ½ through Kindergarten), will have class with Mrs. Edelman each week, and are welcome to stay and participate in the Art project with their older siblings and friends. We ask that parents continue to use their best judgment about "making a graceful exit" if the child begins to tire of the activity. All other students may be picked up at 12:00 PM sharp.

The families of the Garden City Jewish Center come from many surrounding towns and villages, and the majority of them are from mixed or dual-faith backgrounds. People of all faiths are very comfortable with Rabbi Goodman’s ability to reach every child and guide them to a higher level of understanding about Judaism and it’s teachings. Individualized instruction techniques are used (three of the teachers have MS degrees in Special Education) to teach students with Learning Disabilities. By Confirmation age (9th grade and 10th grade), most students opt to continue studying with Rabbi Goodman, and are taught Comparative Religions and Ethics.

The Religious School calendar follows the Garden City Public School calendar year, ending in mid-May. The Sundays-only schedule of 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, offers a way for busy families to meet their children’s many sports, academics, and social obligations, while gaining all the necessary skills and information to meet the goal of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, AND having an enriching experience with other children of Jewish or similar background.

For more information, call 516-248-9180, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please leave your home number and email address and someone will get back to you ASAP.

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