Center for Independent Judaic Studies

Alternatives in Jewish Education for ages 6 through 96. Cantor Devorah E. Gartner, Founder/Director. Located at Congregation Ahavath Israel, 100 Lucas Ave, in Kingston NY.

Hillel's mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Hillel at SUNY New Paltz is growing rapidly. They are known for the annual Convention they hold for all SUNY Hillel/JSUs. Receiving awards for “Best Social and Cultural Organization” annually, Hillel is a well known organization on the SUNY New Paltz campus. With programs or events nearly every day of the week, this student led organization is available to Jewish students from a variety of backgrounds and views. SUNY New Paltz Hillel offers something for every Jewish student on campus. Their goal is for every Jewish student to have a meaningful Jewish experience on campus.

Chevra Kadisha of Greater Kingston
Bernie King-Smith

Chevra Kadisha provides the Jewish community with the rites of traditional Jewish burial. Functioning as a Jewish Burial Society, volunteer members of the Chevra Kadisha work in cooperation with a local funeral home at the time of need. The act of caring for the deceased is one of the highest mitzvot that a person can perform, since it is an act of righteousness and loving kindness which the recipient can never return. In that spirit that many volunteers have chosen to learn and participate in the traditional rites of the Chevra Kadisha.

Susan Hirsch
Hadassah National

Hadassah brings together women (and men) from all walks of Jewish life. Each December there is a gift wrapping campaign which not only raises funds for the national organization, but is also a great social event and has become a standard of the Ulster County Winter Scene. In addition, theare are usually two or three informal brunches throughout the year, and some additional fundraising activities. Beautiful card certificates, which can be used to honor or memorialize someone, are available all year.

JFS is dedicated to assisting, educating, and supporting seniors, their families, and communities through various programs, services, and supports.

The Jewish Federation of Dutchess County serves the Jewish population of the greater Dutchess County area regardless of affiliation.

JFNA represents 153 Jewish Federations and over 300 Network communities (including Jewish Federation of Ulster County), which raise and distribute more than $3 billion annually for social welfare, social services and educational needs. The Federation movement, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning).


The Jewish Federation of Ulster County strongly condemns anti-Semitic hate speech and actions, as well as harassment and/or discrimination against any particular group of people or individuals on the basis of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. Members of our Federation’s Community Relations Committee are committed to providing support to victims of anti-Semitism, educating the public when anti-Semitic incidents happen in our community, and working with local leaders to confront, discourage and counter hate speech and behavior.

To report an anti-Semitic incident in our county, please email the Federation at:; call 845-338-8131, or contact the Ulster County Human Rights Commission at: 845-340-3147.