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Come Home to Barnert!



Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, The Barnert Temple, is proud to be the oldest Jewish congregation in New Jersey. Since 1847, when six Jewish men gathered for the first time in a small store in Paterson, NJ, our congregation has evolved and adapted to the changing needs of its members.

Originally organized as an Orthodox synagogue, by the 1880’s the Congregation transitioned to Reform Judaism. Today, as through our 175 years of history, our mission is to be a sacred community, a kehillah kedoshah, committed to offering Reform Jewish experiences that are relevant, accessible and meaningful, wherein people of all ages and backgrounds are appreciated and valued, engaged and inspired.


We are a Jewish center for approximately 500 member families from more than 36 surrounding communities. We are large enough to service the diverse needs of our congregants, but small enough to provide an inclusive, comfortable and nurturing environment. Indeed, the Barnert “success story” can be seen in virtually all aspects of Temple life.



Since relocating to Franklin Lakes, NJ in 1987, our priorities have included developing and strengthening membership through meaningful worship, social justice, lifelong learning and social connections. Worship has become highly participatory, with expectations of spiritual engagement, and intellectual challenge.

Social Justice

We have a long, vibrant history of pursuing social justice as a community. Guided by education, inspiration and action, we seek to raise awareness, encourage discussion and address issues affecting our neighbors, Israel, and oppressed populations throughout the world. Our members donate time, money and items in need.

Religious Education

Our strong educational program extends from Preschool through adulthood. The experiential Religious School program, called Jewish Journey Project Barnert Temple, emphasizes core Jewish learning with a flexible schedule. Teens thrive in our post Bar/t Mitzvah education through 12th grade. Our high school youth group has 50 members. Leadership training, a core component of Barnert’s Jewish schooling, gives our youth the knowledge and skills to provide for the future of our congregation and the Jewish community.

Keeping the Faith

It is a sacred tradition for Jews to be laid to rest in consecrated hallowed ground. Our congregation-owned Mount Nebo Cemetery in Totowa, NJ, ensures this sacred trust. Mount Nebo Cemetery is an integral part of the past, present and future of our congregation.

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We strive to be a congregation whose members are concerned about Judaism as well as each other.
As we move through the 21st century, we seek to secure the future of our congregation, to serve as a leading force of Jewish discovery and growth in Northern New Jersey and beyond.

Mon, July 15 2024 9 Tammuz 5784