February 24, 2010 8:23 pm at 8:23 pm #591279
This is a serious post. Please try to be respectful as I will.
I am a Modern Orthodox guy who lives in the Lakewood area because of business. I am looking for a good shul to daven in (especially on weekedays but also for shabbat). If anyone can recommend a place where I would feel comfortable and I might be able to “fit in” please let me know.
Thank you very much.February 24, 2010 9:11 pm at 9:11 pm #675663cholentkugelkishkeMember
As far as Shabbos, it depends what area you live in. But, a great place to Daven is Rav Gissinger’s shul on Sunset Ave.
Most shuls in Lakewood are respectful of anyone who comes to daven there. I’ve davened in many different shuls throughout Lakewood, and have seen all types of people feeling comfortable davening there.
There are a lot of shuls that you might feel comfortable in, try a few out untill you like one.February 24, 2010 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm #675664
Are you near Jackson? If so, I will try to find out for you where some people I know daven, as they are frum, Modern Orthodox people and very welcoming.February 24, 2010 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm #675665
Thanks for the replies.
Oomis, I’m not too far from Jackson.February 25, 2010 4:32 am at 4:32 am #675666charliehallParticipant
I’m modern orthodox and I’ve always found myself very welcomed in charedi shuls.February 25, 2010 5:37 am at 5:37 am #675667
Eitang, I will try to find out some info for you tomorrow, bli neder.February 25, 2010 7:32 pm at 7:32 pm #675668
Thanks, I appreciate it.February 25, 2010 9:25 pm at 9:25 pm #675672
eitang, I have some infor for you. There is a minyan in Sons of Israel in the center of town that might be good for you, very eclectic group of people, similar to a nice Young Israel crowd, so I am told. It’s on Route 9 (Madison). I believe it is Rabbi Tendler’s Shul. The person I spoke to is a frum but also modern guy, and he is very comfortable there.
Also, there is a Shul in someone’s basement ,c alled the Beis Medrash of Central Park, on Shonny Court.
the person also said, R’ Gissinger’s shul is wonderful. Maybe more Yeshivish, but it is Lakewood, after all. So, you have a number of places to try, if you haven’t already. My feeling from what I was told, you would be very happy in Sons of Israel during the week, I am not sure how close a walk it would be on Shabbos.February 25, 2010 9:38 pm at 9:38 pm #675678bombmaniacParticipant
i personally know a few modern families in lakewood, and saying that lakewood is exclusive is wrong. we are all jews, whether you agree or disagree on certain points, is irrelevant to the fact that we are all jews. if you feel that you are better because you are “yeshivish” or because you attend a certain yeshiva…and you think of yourself as a person with just a smidgen of ahavas yisroel, and you feel that you are a person who cares for the wellbeing of every jew both spititually and physically…wouldnt you want them in your community so that you can bring them into the fold? wouldnt you want the opportunity to make them better people and help them grow spiritually?February 26, 2010 1:42 am at 1:42 am #675684Abba1400Participant
You can also try Rabbi Blech’s Shul. I haven’t been in there in years and don’t remember the name of the Shul. It may be Anshei Sefrad, but I’m not sure. Rabbi Blech himself is a really Aidel person.March 1, 2010 7:13 pm at 7:13 pm #675688veryamusingMember
if your near Jackson, on the corner of countyline and pinepark/kent rd. is a basement minyan known as Fish ( the name of the owner of the home) all types, very accepting.
in general i must say it’s a kiddush hashem the way many of the shuls in lakewood are made up of many different types of people yeshivish, chassidish, more modern etc. obviously a minyan in a new complex is going to be a bit homogeneus, but out in the town it’s not like that.March 1, 2010 7:15 pm at 7:15 pm #675689HIEParticipant
I think it’s called Anaheim sfardMarch 2, 2010 7:49 pm at 7:49 pm #675690
Thanks! i’ll check it out.
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