In the mid-1920s, members of the Cliffside Park Jewish community formed Congregation Sons of Israel. They met in a private home before moving into a building on Edgewater Road. In early 1958, the now-renamed Temple Israel Community Center moved one block east, into a new building at 207 Edgewater Road.
TICC has always been small. Our founders cherished the warmth and intimacy only a small congregation could provide. The new building reflected that. Our sanctuary, for example, seats fewer than 150 people. Larger numbers are accommodated by opening a movable wall separating the sanctuary from the social hall.
Our “style” has won us a reputation for actually being what other congregations only claim to be:
warm, friendly, and caring.
Even on the High Holy Days, when intimacy seems impossible, we make “the stranger” feel welcome (because no one who enters here is a stranger). Among other things, people no one recognizes are given honors. The rabbi and cantor make several forays during each service into “the pews” to greet as many people as possible, especially those people who are new to the synagogue. Many of our officers sit among the throng, as well.
On August 2, 2015, we were joined by Temple Beth El of North Bergen, which was founded in 1923;
we changed our name to Congregation Beth Israel of the Palisades to reflect the new partnership.
TBE had a long and wonderful history in North Bergen, Hudson County, which used to be a very Jewish community. At its peak, Temple Beth El had perhaps as many as 300 families that were members.
Then in the 1980s, the demographics shifted. Families began moving to Bergen County. As their children grew up and moved out, the parents began moving to Florida and other places.
There are younger families in CBI's Palisades catchment area.
One of the main goals of the joining is to make ourselves relevant to those families, and to create a community that people will want to be part of, including the scores of empty-nesters in the area.
Congregation Beth Israel of the Palisades is committing to doing just that.
Our goal is a simple one. To you, we may be strangers.
To us, you are a long lost relative who finally found your way home.
We hope you will be glad you did.
We will do all we can to make sure of it.