The Kew Gardens Synagogue is one of the oldest Jewish congregations in the central Queens area of New York City. Those who establish the synagogue came from many different ethnic backgrounds, including many who escaped the Holocaust in Europe and were able to come together to establish a congregation that has been a place of prayer and charity for the past 65 years. In that time the synagogue has witnessed its congregation grow from a modest 14 congregants to its now thriving community of 380 active members.
The Kew Gardens Synagogue throughout its 65-year history has been more than a house of worship.
The services the synagogue provides to the community include a nursery school, youth activities such as little league baseball and sports programs for all children, sabbath youth groups, educational and cultural programs for men and women, including study groups and cultural lectures given by reputed individuals from outside the synagogue. The synagogue has also developed special programs to support single parent families, and assist recent immigrants from the Soviet Union in adapting to life in the United States.
The Kew Gardens Synagogue has survived many trials and tribulations during its first half century, but it has survived and prospered as a place the community turns to in times of joy and need.