Welcome to Shtiebel.


Shtiebel is an innovative new paradigm Jewish community based in the NY Rivertowns. Through music, food, art, movement, and discussion we seek to inspire, connect, and transform our diverse members and the world. This is not your Zeide's shtiebel.


In Yiddish, Shtiebel means "little room," and hearkens back to pre-Modern Jewish communal gathering places. We seek to return to this idea of a simple place where one can experience Jewish culture and community. At Shtiebel, we make the old new and the new holy. 

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NY Botanical Gardens, 8/19/17, 9:45am sharp.

Join us for a mystical, magical morning of Shabbat recharge in the New York Botanical Garden.  Music, nature, Zohar, poetry, movement, stillness and other delights will enfold us.  Sponsored by Rabbis David Markus (Temple Beth El of City Island), Ben Newman (Shtiebel) and Rachel Barenblat (Congregation Beth Israel).  

Meet 9:45am sharp at NYBG Main Gate (2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY) to depart at 10:00am.  Free and open to the public.

Next Shtiebel Havdalah:

September 9th
5- 7 PM

Zion Episcopal Church

Saturday, September 5th, 5-7 pm
Theme: Endings and Beginnings

If you would like to share a story, song, teaching or poem or to be part of the musicians' circle, please fill out the form below.

If you would like to share a story, poem, song, or teaching at our next gathering, please fill out this form: 

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High Holy Days at Shtiebel

Rosh HaShanah: 

9/20/17, 5:30-7:30pm

Songs, Stories, Teachings, and Poetry on the theme of "New Beginnings". We will play High Holy Day music and have a delicious meal as we begin the new year together!

Yom Kippur:

9/30/17, 5-7:30pm

The Havdalah of Havdalahs. Stories and Teachings on the theme of "Authenticity". There will be Yom Kippur music and a break-the-fast meal. 

For more information on how to attend either or both of these programs, fill out the form below:

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Shtiebel School.


At Shtiebel, we believe that Jewish learning should be engaging, deep, and fun. To that end, instead of dividing kids up by age group, we divide kids up into pathways according to their interests and learning styles. Learning groups learn how to teach themselves, solve challenges and present creative exhibitions on their knowledge under the supervision of their Guides. The bar/bat mitzvah experience at Shtiebel culminates in a final exhibition of knowledge on the part of the learner. Much of the Hebrew language learning is done online and with tutors in an engaging and supportive way.

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Shtiebel Featured in the Rivertowns Enterprise newpaper:

Video by Jacob Wetzler (11 years old):

our events

Our events are experimental by nature. They are transformative encounters with the best food, music, art, and philosophical discussion. 

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Our davenning is part jam session, part salon, part potluck, extracting the creative spirit at the heart of religion. Shtiebel encourages participation, engaging you to find your own personal connection within Jewish tradition.

Rehearsal for July 2017 Shtiebel with Jennifer Convissor on guitar, Lee Gross on guitar, and Ben Newman on ukulele: