Our History

On November 18, 2016 Central Synagogue of Nassau County and Reconstructionist Congregation Beth Emeth officially consolidated, following approval from The New York State Supreme Court.

On May 17th,  2016 both congregations voted overwhelmingly in favor of this consolidation. The entity will now be known as Central Synagogue – Beth Emeth and continues a partnership that has developed since Beth Emeth moved from their Hewlett location into Central’s building at 430 DeMott Avenue in Rockville Centre in July of 2012. This consolidation will facilitate what is intended to be a unique center for Progressive Judaism, under the direction of Rabbi Marc Gruber and Rabbi Elliot Skiddell. Central Synagogue – Beth Emeth (CSBE) will provide innovative religious, spiritual and cultural programming designed for congregants and community alike. CSBE will continue to reach out to and serve participants from across, Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Brooklyn and beyond.

Central Synagogue of Nassau County has been serving the South Shore of Long Island for eighty years and has established an illustrious record. Reconstructionist Congregation Beth Emeth was established in 1994 as the only  Reconstructionist Synagogue on the South Shore of Long. Island. We are proud of the leadership role we have played in the religious and civic life of Rockville Centre and the surrounding community. Many of our members have distinguished themselves in leadership in the local community as well as in the national institutions of Reform and Reconstructionist Judaism and the State of Israel.

Our synagogue provides a Jewish education for our children from pre-school through high school. We offer a varied and intellectually stimulating continuing education program for our adult congregants. Our Shabbat, festival, and Days of Awe services connect us to God, our history, and each other. We put our religious values into practice in our community, state, nation, and world through our Social. Action program and through our comprehensive Caring Community program. Our Sisterhood, Young Families and youth programs provide an opportunity for all congregants to participate in the life of the community and help insure its future. The synagogue serves as our community center, with its beautiful sanctuary, school building, meeting rooms, and library.

We are proud of our Synagogue which we have made “central” to the lives of our members. It is an enduring home of the Jewish spirit. We welcome those who would join us and be counted among us. For additional information please call our Temple Administrator, Sheila Rosenberg, at 516 766-4300.