SYNAGOGUE CONNECT PROVIDES COLLEGE STUDENTS WITH MORE THAN 500 FREE CONGREGATIONAL CHOICES FOR UPCOMING HIGH HOLIDAYS
(NEW YORK)Synagogue Connect, working with Alpha Epsilon Pi International, the Jewish fraternity, has established an online system to match college students looking for a congregation at which to spend the Jewish High Holidays for free. The online system is free and is open to all Jewish college undergraduate and graduate students looking to get off campus for a variety of reasons.
Synagogue Connect founders Rabbi Ronald Brown and Rabbi Charles Klein have already gotten more than 500 congregations from all denominations (Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative and Orthodox) to offer free seats to college students. Students merely have to notify the synagogue in advance of the holiday that they will be attending and bring along a college ID.
“There are a number of great resources on campus for Jewish students but we know that some campuses don’t provide those opportunities and sometimes students are looking to get off campus for a variety of reasons,” said Rabbi Brown. “We’re extremely gratified at the number of congregations that have agreed to open their doors.”
Synagogue Connect worked with Alpha Epsilon Pi International (AEPi) to build an online database which allows students to search for congregations within a radius of a location of their choice. AEPi also hosts the online Synagogue Connect program.
“We’re grateful to our friends in AEPI for helping to make this happen and for keeping this program open and free to all Jewish college students, not just members of AEPi,” said Rabbi Brown.