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The Jewish Center of the Moriches provides a place of worship for all who wish to participate. We provide religious, educational, social and recreational activities to foster, strengthen and promote Judaism and the Jewish way of life.

We encourage all people, young and old, to participate in our services, which are conducted in both Hebrew and English.

Our synagogue is wheelchair accessible.

All food served at our synagogue is certified kosher.

Our History

Prior to 1938, Jews in Center Moriches worshipped in their own homes. Sometime thereafter, about a dozen men agreed that it was time to congregate in one location and create a Jewish Center for their families and for future generations.

In 1950, this group of local Jewish farmers, merchants and friends purchased the homestead of the late State Assemblyman J.L. Havens and made the site the new home of the Jewish Center of the Moriches.

Their perseverance and dedication paid off. During the ensuing years, the founders and the new members they attracted were able to purchase two adjoining lots, enabling them to construct a new building to accommodate the growing congregation.

In 1966, U.S. Representative Otis G. Pike and other officials joined members of the congregation at the dedication of the newly constructed synagogue, which can seat 200 congregants and includes classrooms and a Rabbi’s study.

 

Spirtual Leader

Cantor Susanne Katchko

Cantor Susanne Katchko has officiated at congregations from Quincy, MA to Honolulu, HI. She is gratefully continuing in the cantorial tradition of her family, which includes her father, Cantor Theodore Katchko; grandfather, noted composer, Cantor Adolph Katchko; and sister, Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray, founder of the Women Cantors Network.

 

As a concert performer, Susanne was the only solo female vocalist chosen to perform at the gala inauguration of the New York Federation of Jewish Philanthropies Artists Roster. Her trio, Zemer Atik, including Hankus Netsky and Don Byron, toured with “Jewish Music from Around the World” throughout the United States.

 

She performs in Yiddish, including with the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. Most recently, Susanne played the role of “Sheyndl” in a staged concert reading of Rumshinsky’s “Di Goldene Kale” at Rutgers University.

 

Susanne wrote her 2006 autobiographical cabaret act, “You Go, Girl!” and 2009 Yiddish Project inaugural show, “A Bintl Yiddish.” In addition to her own performance vehicles, Susanne has written numerous plays for children and adults, both comedic and dramatic, most with Jewish themes. Examples include: 1) “Talmud Made Simpsons,” a children’s play illustrating Talmudic values of compassion and courage, employing The Simpsons television show characters; and 2) “Ethics R Us,” a play for younger children illustrating values of Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) and featuring a night fury dragon.

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Temple Board Members