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About Beis HaKnesses of North Woodmere

In the summer of 2004, a small group of young and enthusiastic families conceived of the idea of starting their own shul in North Woodmere.  The families wanted to create a shul that was a makom tefilah with an atmosphere focused on davening and learning – a place that could serve as a central location for Avodas Hashem for the entire community. These founding families were drawn to Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz's dynamic personality, breadth of torah knowledge and exemplary middos, and he was the unanimous choice to serve as the Rav of the new shul.  After converting Rabbi Lebowitz's basement into a temporary shul, minyanim began at BKNW on Shabbos Parshas Noach, 2004.  The shul quickly outgrew its original home and relocated to 649 Hungry Harbor Road, where the building is filled with the sounds of torah and tefilah each and every day.  BKNW is a proper makom tefillah and home to a number of weekly shiurim, including a daily daf yomi shiur, a weekly halacha shiur, and a one-of-a-kind contemporary halacha shiur at shaleshudus. With approximately 150 family members, the shul continues to grow annually. 

We constantly run adult education, 
chessed and community programs, as well as a variety of youth programs for over three-hundred children. 

North Woodmere is a quiet, beautiful neighborhood located only minutes away from the Five Towns'
shopping, restaurants and schools, as well as the communities of Cedarhurst, Woodmere and Lawrence. North Woodmere is also home to a state-of-the-art park that offers activities for children of all ages.

We would love to have you come spend a shabbos in our community to see if BKNW and North Woodmere are right for you and your family.  If you have any questions about the neighborhood, the shul, or would like to come for a shabbos, please contact Rabbi Lebowitz at

Our Rabbi - Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz

Rabbi Lebowitz has served as the מרא דאתרא of Beis Haknesses of North Woodmere since its founding in 2004. As of Fall 2016, Rabbi Lebowitz serves as a Rebbe at Lander College for Men (Beis Medrash L'Talmud). Prior to joining Lander College, Rabbi Lebowitz was a Rebbe at DRS Yeshiva High School from 1999 to 2016.

Rabbi Lebowitz is an alumnus of Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavnes, Yeshiva University and its affiliated Rabbi Issac Elchonon Theological Seminary.

Rabbi Lebowitz is the author of Sefer Hakoneh Olamo (2 volumes to date), a collection of essays (Hebrew) on contemporary halachic topics, and has published numerous articles on practical Halacha in various journals, including the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society. He has spoken and lectured in communities throughout the country and internationally. His 7000+ recorded shiurim on Gemara and Derush (including a Daf Yomi Shiur,   Drashos on the Parsha, Ten Minute Halachos and many more) are available at and have gained widespread global popularity.


Our Rebbetzin, Elana Lebowitz, originally from Edison NJ, is a graduate of Stern College and a practicing CPA. In addition to running a busy household, working full time and serving as a trusted friend and Rebbetzin to our shul, Elana is a trained kallah teacher who enjoys preparing young women for their weddings. With her dynamic personality, genuine warmth and ability to appreciate and value all types of people, she has been an instrumental force in the founding and rapid growth of our shul.  Rabbi and Rebbetzin Lebowitz are the proud parents of Yonah, Yisroel, Zecharia, Daniel and Chani.


Dr. Avishai Neuman, President -

Jeff Misher Vice President 

Jeremy Herskowitz, Vice President 

Gershon Yarmush, Treasurer

Tani Sussman, Secretary


Shani Sussman, President 

Lana Pinchasov

Rivkie Rada

Lauren Sider


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