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

Rabbi Jack Shlachter

Yes, science and religion can be paired…I am a full-time Ph.D. physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, a part-time rabbi, and rabbinic member of OHALAH, a professional trans-denominational association of rabbis and cantors.

I have been conducting religious services for most of my adult life. Being gifted with a strong voice allows me to serve as shaliach tzibburas well as rabbi. I routinely officiate at lifecycle events, from baby namings, b’nai mitzvahs and weddings, to funerals and memorial services, and I teach and lead Torah discussions.

After receiving my PhD in physics from the University of California at San Diego, I served as one of the lay leaders at the Los Alamos Jewish Center (LAJC) in Northern New Mexico. I started my serious study of Judaism during this time, while simultaneously working as a physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In 1992, I began working privately towards ordination with Rabbi Gershon Winkler, who had relocated to New Mexico. For nearly two decades subsequent to my June 1995 ordination, while simultaneously working as a scientist, I provided part-time rabbinic support to the LAJC using the Conservative liturgy. I’m now Rabbi Emeritus at the LAJC. Before relocating to Long Island in 2019, I served as Rabbi at HaMakom: the Place for Passionate and Progressive Judaism in Santa Fe, New Mexico, about 40 minutes south of Los Alamos.

I’m the proud parent of two young adults: Dov is a computer engineer in Seattle, Washington, and Orli recently received her Masters Degree from University College, Dublin. I have been fortunate to be able to travel around the globe with my wife Beverly doing itinerant rabbi-ing. In 2012, I was thrilled to be invited to officiate at High Holiday services in Or Chadasch, Vienna, a city which was my second home for three years. From 2014-2018, I led Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services in Beijing, China at Kehillat Beijing. High Holidays 2018 marked my seventh trip to Beijing, serving the progressive (non-Orthodox) Jewish community there.

To contact me directly, please email: physicsrabbi@gmail.com


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