Altshul in Park Slope, Brooklyn is a traditional egalitarian independent minyan housed within Congregation Beth Elohim (CBE). While Alt Shul does not identifies with a movement, it feels strongly conservative. It has a younger crowd between mid-20s to mid 40s with a large number of young families.
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Altshul in Park Slope, Brooklyn is a traditional egalitarian minyan housed within Congregation Beth Elohim (CBE). While I don’t think Alt Shul identifies with a movement, it feels strongly conservative. It draws a crowd of mid-20s to mid-40s with a large number of young families.
Given the number of recommendations I got to visit this minyan I was surprised at my experience. I found services to be a bit dull. I was expecting some heart, some deep singing, some ruach, some bench pounding, but really it felt like most other synagogues. It was perfectly nice. The Rabbi gave a perfectly nice D’var Torah, but I missed the heart that I find Minyans are known for.
While people I already knew at services were nice and friendly, when it came to new people I did not feel warmth. When I walked in, no one said ‘hi’, or welcomed me. I felt kind of alone in a rather small synagogue. The people who sat in my row kept getting up, leaving, and then coming back, so I had to move out of the row I sat in repeatedly. This was rather distracting. I also wish there had been a shabbat dinner to attend once a month or something for newcomers to the community.
I was looking forward to the depth that this synagogue might offer, but in the end I found it much like attending an East Coast Conservative Synagogue. I felt let down by that. I think it’s still worth a visit so you can draw your own conclusions.
271 Garfield Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215