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Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale

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CSAIR - The Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale is a Conservative, egalitarian congregation and a member of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. The synagogue is located in the Riverdale, Bronx neighborhood of New York City. The congregation's spiritual leader is Rabbi Barry Dov Katz, who was appointed to the position in 1998.

The congregation was founded upon the three traditional pillars of Judaism -Torah, Avodah, and Gemilut Chasadim- religious study and observance, acts of social responsibility, and deeds of kindness and caring, respectively. CSAIR's mission statement declares that it is dedicated to enlightening the mind through learning, nourishing the soul through prayer, and creating a caring community.

CSAIR has daily morning and evening services, regular holiday services, an additional monthly Havurah alternative service, extensive child-focused religious and educational services, the Marsha Dane Hebrew School, and various adult education programs.

Attack by Muslim terrorists

In the 2000 New York terror attack, a group of Palestinian-American men attacked the synagoge with Molotov cocktails on on the eve of Yom Kippur in 2000 by several . Mazin Assi, one of the attackers, was convicted of attempted arson, weapons charges and hate crimes, and sentenced to 15 years in prison.[1]


  1. Two Rabbis Find They’re Separated Only by Doctrine By SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN To the would-be bombers of two Bronx houses of worship, the distinctions between Reform and Orthodox Judaism were either irrelevant or invisible. May 30, 2009 [1]

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