Congregation Ahavas Achim
216 South 1st Avenue 
Highland Park, N.J. 08904
(732) 247-0532
info@ahavasachim.org

shul

Highland Park is forty miles from New York City and is accessible via New Jersey Transit trains (New Brunswick and Edison stations) as well as Suburban Transit Co. buses.

ADDRESS

216 South First Ave.
Highland Park, NJ 08904
Tel: (732) 247-0532
Fax: : (732) 247-6739
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 AA Directions

DIRECTIONS to Ahavas Achim

From the Garden State Parkway 
(coming from the North)

Take the Garden State Parkway south to exit 130. (Route 1 south)

Stay on Route 1 for about 6 miles till you see signs for Highland Park, and exit by the sign that says Highland Park and has an arrow on it.

You are now on Woodbridge Avenue. Stay on Woodbridge Avenue and after a few traffic signals there will be a traffic signal where five streets come together. Continue in the direction closest to straight and you will be on Raritan Avenue. (Route 27 south)

Stay on Raritan Avenue till you come to First Avenue and make a left onto it.

Continue till you see Congregation Ahavas Achim on the right.  There is a parking lot at the synagogue, but if it is full parking is allowed on the street.  (Some streets only on one side.)

 

From the New Jersey Turnpike 
(coming from the North or South)

Take the New Jersey Turnpike to exit 9. (Route 18)

Take Route 18 north past the Route 1 interchange till you see a sign for Highland Park and Route 27 north.

Take Route 27 north over the Raritan River and stay in the right lane. Stay on Route 27 (Raritan Avenue) till the third traffic light (First Avenue) and turn right onto First Avenue.

Continue till you see Congregation Ahavas Achim on the right.  There is a parking lot at the synagogue, but if it is full parking is allowed on the street.  (Some streets only on one side.)

 

From Route 287 
(coming from the West)

Take Route 287 south to exit 9. (Indicated as Highland Park exit)

From the ramp make a right onto River Road heading toward Highland Park.

Stay on River Road till it ends at a traffic light. (about 5 miles).

Make a left onto Raritan Avenue.

Stay on Raritan Avenue till you come to First Avenue (second traffic light) and make a right onto it.

Continue till you see Congregation Ahavas Achim on the right.  There is a parking lot at the synagogue, but if it is full parking is allowed on the street.  (Some streets only on one side.)

 

From Route 440 
(coming from Brooklyn/Queens/Long Island)

After crossing the Verrazano Bridge stay on Route 278 till you see a sign for Route 440 south (West Shore Expressway).

Take Route 440 south till the exit for the Outerbridge Crossing. (I think exit 2)

Cross over the Outerbridge Crossing. (You are still on Route 440 south but it's name will change to Route 287 north shortly).

Take Route 287 north to the exit for Route 27 south. (towards New Brunswick)

Stay on Route 27 south for about 5 miles till you come into Highland Park. (There will be several traffic lights in a row, one on each block.) 

Stay on Raritan Avenue till you come to First Avenue and make a left onto it.

Continue till you see Congregation Ahavas Achim on the right.  There is a parking lot at the synagogue, but if it is full parking is allowed on the street.  (Some streets only on one side.)

 

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Rabbi

Rabbi Steven Miodownik, a musmach of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, became the Rabbi of Ahavas Achim in 2006, after serving as Assistant Rabbi for five years and Interim Rabbi for one year. He grew up on Long Island, NY, and received his BS from the Sy Syms School of Business and Masters in Secondary Education from Azrieli Graduate School. Rabbi Miodownik is also an instructor in Judaic studies at the Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva in Edison, NJ. He and his wife Gila, a physical therapist, have four children, Arielle, Kayla, Sam, and Rosa.  Rabbi M. can be reached at the shul office, (732) 247-0532, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 


 Rabbi Ronald L. Schwarzberg

Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Schwarzberg came to Highland Park in July,1986 from the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale where he served as Associate Rabbi.  He brought with him a passionate commitment to the principles of 'Ahavat Yisrael', political activism, and bridge building.  Shortly after his arrival, Rabbi Schwarzberg was instrumental in relocating Congregation Ahavas Achim from New Brunswick to Highland Park.  Rabbi Schwarzberg has served as co-chair of the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County and he was elected in December 2002 as associate chair of the National Rabbinic Cabinet of the United Jewish Communities. Under his leadership the shul developed Ahavas Achim University, an innovative and far reaching educational endeavor that has enlisted top tier scholars and religious leaders to teach at the synagogue and has attracted attendees from across the state.  Rabbi Schwarzberg is married to "Morah Judy," a preschool teacher at the Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva. Together they have four children, Ari, Elana, Aviva, and Shayna.

 


 

Executive Officers
Honorary Presidents Alexander Bernstein, z"l
Isadore Sapiro, z"l
Albert Sapiro, z"l
Nathan Segal, z"l
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Immediate Past President Jeremy Renna
Finance Vice-President Eli Weiss
Fundraising Vice-President Avi Grin
House Vice-President Avi Eserner
Membership Vice-President Harry Glazer
Ritual Vice-President Yossi Benedek
Treasurer Avi Freidenreich
Secretary Debra Levenstein
Sisterhood President Elena Orgel

 

Board of Directors 
Dovid Becker Andrew Cohen
Marisa Dolled-Filhart Sarah Grunstein
Susan Hornstein Herb Klaver
Dana Korbman Michele Kornblum
Cheryl Kornfeld Elana Kurtz
Simi Lichtman Elena Orgel
Marc Scheiner Sherry Simantov
Ari Sofair-Fisch Ze'ev Strupinsky
Laura Weiss  

 

Staff
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History of Congregation Ahavas Achim

1889

Congregation Ahavas Achim incorporated in Middlesex County, New Jersey. Congregation meet in private homes or rented stores in New Brunswick.

1893

AA purchases two parcels of cemetery land in Van Liew Cemetery, North Brunswick.

1900

Congregation purchases building from Salvation Army.

1909-1919 

Congregation served by Rabbi Israel Marcus.

1911

Building remodeled.

1919-1931 

Congregation led by Rabbi Samuel Baskin.

1930

Building enlarged and modernized.

1931-1933 

Congregation served by Rabbi Abraham Shapiro.

1938-1984 

Rabbi Pesach Raymon zt"l becomes dean of Orthodox rabbinate.

1949

Social hall added adjacent to building.

1960

Massive renewal program launched.

1961

New sanctuary rededicated.

1980

Sanctuary destroyed by fire on Yom Kippur.

1986-2006

Congregation led by Rabbi Ronald L. Schwarzberg.

1987

Congregation moves to Highland Park. 

1989

New building in Highland Park dedicated

2000

Rabbi Steven Miodownik named Assistant Rabbi and Program Director.

2006

Rabbi Steven Miodownik named spiritual leader of Ahavas Achim.

2010

Building expansion dedicated.

 

Ahavas Achim

Special Announcements

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS:

We warmly welcome Shalom and Rivka Rosenbaum and Aryeh Barasch and Annie Fishman who recently joined the shul as Full Members. We look forward to their active participation and warm and mutually supportive relationships.

FIRESIDE KUMZITZ AND MELAVE MALKA THIS MOTZEI SHABBAT:

Bundle up and join us for a spirited Fireside Kumzitz and Melave Malka this Motzei Shabbat, November 28 at :00 p.m. in the AA parking lot. Individual and family seating will be spaced at a distance to enable us to join together safely. Children, teens, couples, and singles are all invited to come, with limited seating available (by prior registration only). Pizza and other refreshments will be served. We will have a rain date of December 5.

BREAKFAST WITH RABBI MENACHEM LEIBTAG:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88313393192; Passcode: 613; Dial in access: 929-205-6099

Ahavas Achim University presents Breakfast with Rabbi Menachem Leibtag: Chanukah: 'Holiday of Lights' or 'Holiday of Freedom'? on Sundays, November 29 and December 6 from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Log onto Zoom, fire up the waffle maker, and invite Rabbi Leibtag into your home for breakfast and learning on five consecutive Sunday mornings before Chanukah! Please join us as we prepare for Chanukah by learning with our master teacher of Tanach. Sponsorships welcome!

November 29: What is Sefer HaMakkabim and Why It Should (Or Shouldn't) Be Included in Tanach?

December 6: The Torah Reading for Chanukah and How It Explains Birkat Kohanim

SECRETS OF THE SHEMA:

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5757628337

Ahavas Achim University presents a lecture on Zoom this Tuesday, December 1 at 8:00 p.m. entitled Vayomer: Slavery, Creation, and the Yoke of Heaven. Featuring Rabbi Jed Zaslow, AA Rabbinic Intern 5781, this lecture, will explore the deeper meaning of Kriat Shema and study its practical halachot.

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