We are the oldest still-operating synagogue in Brooklyn, with a rich history and a colorful, joyful present.
A shul with a rich
A HISTORIC SHUL
WELCOMING TO ALL
The Greenpoint Shul (Congregation Ahavas Israel) is a welcoming, eclectic, open, modern Orthodox congregation in waterfront Brooklyn.
Founded in 1886, by German-Jewish immigrants, we are Brooklyn's oldest synagogue. Today, we're a mix of neighborhood regulars, newcomers, families, young professionals, kids, and elders -- with a rainbow of Jewish backgrounds ranging from "trying this out" to Satmar hasid.
We meet in-person (with strong Covid precautions) in our historic sanctuary every Friday night, Shabbos day, and for all Jewish holidays. Daytime Shabbos and holiday services are followed by a light Kiddush lunch, in our backyard space.
For weekly start times, classes, and events, join our mailing list! Questions? Email our rabbi at
MEET OUR RABBI
Rabbi Ben Greenfield studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion (Gush), Yeshiva University, Oxford University, and Johns Hopkins, before receiving Semicha from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah.
Rabbi Greenfield was a founder of the Upper West Side Moishe House, where he coordinated 200+ Jewish communal events for over 2,500 Manhattan Jews. He also served as the High Holiday and Passover Rabbi at Rikers Island. Before arriving in Greenpoint, Ben served as the Senior Interim Rabbi at Bais Abraham Congregation, in St. Louis, MO. He enjoys squash, faux-organic cooking, finger percussion, and schmoozing at kiddush.
Want to meet for an (outdoor or Zoom) coffee? Questions about our community, or about Jewish ideas and practice? Email R. Greenfield at