Heading Up To The Catskills? Visit Woodbourne’s 93 Year Old Shul, Full Of Life Once Again

woodbourne shul pic tlsVIDEO: (Contains Acapella music) Many years ago on a once quiet Route 52 in Woodbourne was a lively Shul with several dozen Mispallim called Congregation Bnai Israel. As the years went by, many of the congregants passed away and the Shul slowly came to a close.

Many years passed with the Shul remaining just an empty building with thousands of Frum families passing it on a daily basis during the Summer months.

That all changed in the Summer of 2010, when the Nikolsburger Rebbe of Boro Park took over the Shul.

woodbourne shul pic tls3Under the leadership of Rabbi Mordechai Jungreis Shlita, the Shul – which sat empty for decades – has been rejuvenated, becoming the ‘Shomrei Shabbos’ style Shul of the Catskills.

Featuring dozens of daily Minyanim for Shachris, Mincha and Maariv, the Shul attracts hundreds of Mispallelim from all walks of life, no matter what tye of Yarmulka or Kipa they wear.

In fact, the Shul attracts so many people, that besides for the Minyanim taking place on both floors of the Shul, Minyanim sometimes pour out to the outdoors what they called the ‘Kosel Minyan’.

woodbourne shul pic tls4And Mispallelim don’t leave hungry either. No matter what time of day or night you were to walk in, you’ll find fresh cakes, cookies, drinks and candies spread across the back table and kitchen counters for all to enjoy. On Erev Shabbos, fresh hot Chulent is served too.

So the next time you head into town, stop in for a visit – and a Prayer – at the historic Shul.

(The Shul is located just past the Route 42/52 junction, right before Hasbrouck Drive). TLS.

(Acapella music in video courtesy of Mostlymusic.com).

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  1. Rabbi Jungreis is a PURE TZADIK, he has helped so many people all over the years. I’m jealous of him. G-D bless him and his family for all good, and 120 plus years.

  2. I davened there Mincha two weeks ago with my son, on sunday they had a pot of fresh parve chulent bubbling away,( Yes on Sunday) cakes, cookies, drinks, for any hungry or thirsty person to nosh on.

    The Shul is a very warm and welcoming place.

  3. “Is this lakewood news?” YES. So many people benefit from the convenience of a respectable Makom Tefillah. Tefillos in Lakewood are not limited solely to Lakewood and the Tefillos in the mountains likewise are offered on behalf of all Yidden. May we all be zoche to the Geula Shleima Bimheira and the Woodbourne Shul will relocate to Yerusahalayim HaBnuya!

  4. “Can the self centered people pls keep their unwanted comments to themselves”:
    Truly spoken in the spirit of the Nine Days…Ahavas Yisroel…Ahavas Chinam

  5. I also davened there it’s a wonderfully old Shul and it has a very historic feel to it and if you close your eyes your eyes you can imagine people in the 1930’s and 40s davening there…

  6. Yes, minyan also on shabbos, but not one after another, I think there’s only one minyan Shabes which is perfect to davens at 10 oclock or so

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