Jewish Center of Northwest Jersey

The temple is located at 115 Youmans Avenue, close to the intersection of Routes 31 and 57, approximately 10 miles east of Phillipsburg, 11 miles west of Hackettstown, and 10 miles north of Clinton, NJ. The temple building is handicap-accessible.

See our Directions Page for a map of where we are located and directions to reach us.

The Jewish Center of Northwest Jersey (JCNWJ) is located in Washington (Warren County), New Jersey and a member of the Union for Reform Judaism. The JCNWJ welcomes individuals, couples (including interfaith) and families into its congregation - anyone interested in becoming members should visit the Membership Page for more information.

Services are typically held every other Friday evening and on holidays. Special events add to the richness of the temple life. The temple utilizes the Google JCNWJ Combined Calendar which includes dates and times for Hebrew School, Confirmation Class, Services, Holidays, Meetings and more.

There is a tuition-free Hebrew School for children of members in good standing.

In July, 2015, Rabbi Andy Dubin was welcomed to the temple's community as the new rabbi, following Rabbi Mary Zamore who served for two years following Rabbi Emerita Ellen Lewis who served as the temple's spiritual leader from July, 1994 through June, 2013. For more about Rabbi Dr. Dubin, visit the Rabbi's Page.

Between 2006 and 2015, the temple had a series of student cantors to enhance our services and provide musical instruction to our Hebrew School students. From July, 2015, to June, 2017 Cantor Ted Labow provided cantorial services to the congregation. In July, 2017, the JCNWJ welcomed Cantor Avital Lazar to our congregation.

A native New Yorker, Avital graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and music composition in 2003. Avital received her Cantorial Investiture in May 2008 after completing her Master’s of Sacred Music at the HL Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York City. Avital has been preparing students for B'nai Mitzvah for nearly two decades and is overjoyed to be joining the JCNWJ community as Hazzan!

Cantor Avital Lazar
Cantor Avital Lazar

Temple Information

Selected Readings

The Story of Jonah as read by Charlotte Fels on Yom Kippur (YouTube)

"My Gift to You: Personal Recollections of a Hungarian Jewish Child from the Holocaust Years"
Esther Bakonyi's talk on Yom HaShoah - Sunday, April 15, 2007 (pdf, 20kb)


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Last updated: July 4, 2017