About Us

Bris Avrohom of Newark Airport operates under the esteemed leadership and guidance of the Chabad Lubavitcher Rebbe. With a steadfast commitment to serving Jewish travelers, our organization has endeavored for years to establish a meaningful presence at Newark Airport, facilitating the observance of Jewish customs and helping those in need, particularly among passengers flying with El Al and other airlines. 

In a significant milestone during Chanukah of 5773 (2012), through collaborative efforts with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Bris Avrohom successfully inaugurated the lighting of a Menorah at Newark Airport for the first time. This achievement marked the beginning of a Jewish information stand at the airport, with Rabbi Mordechai Kanelsky, the executive director of Bris Avrohom, setting up a stand for the eight days of Chanukah to provide travelers with access to Jewish resources and assistance. Following the success of this initiative, Bris Avrohom continued to maintain a daily information stand at the airport, ensuring ongoing accessibility to Jewish services and support for travelers throughout the year. 

The lighting of the impressive 12-foot Menorah marked a historic occasion, attended by esteemed representatives from the Port Authority, Newark Airport's General Manager, El Al's General Manager, along with El Al crew members, and the dedicated rabbis and volunteers of Bris Avrohom. Rabbi Kanelsky, through his dedicated efforts, cultivated relationships with key individuals within the Port Authority, culminating in the momentous event held at Terminal B, near the El Al counters at Newark Airport. 

Rabbi Kanelsky articulated the significance of publicly lighting a Menorah, expressing gratitude to the management of the Port Authority, Newark Airport, and El Al for their pivotal roles in facilitating the event. The sponsorship of the Menorah by Simon and Lina Garber, who graciously brought together their family members to partake in this momentous occasion, added a poignant touch to the celebration, with the Garber family present at the event. 

Subsequently, with the support of the Port Authority and El Al staff, Bris Avrohom secured permission to establish a Jewish information stand during the eight days of Chanukah, further enhancing the accessibility of Jewish resources and services to travelers. This initiative has since evolved, with Bris Avrohom now maintaining two daily Jewish information stands in Terminals A and B of Newark Airport, serving as vital hubs for assisting travelers with various aspects of Jewish observance. 

Over the past decade, Bris Avrohom has had the privilege of providing Tefillin to over 6,000 individuals, many for the first time. Additionally, we have distributed hundreds of Shabbos candle lighting kits, Jewish literature in multiple languages, holiday guides, and invaluable information about Jewish life, enriching the journey of countless passengers. 

During each Chanukah, Bris Avrohom proudly illuminates the airport with the light of Chanukah by showcasing large Menorahs in multiple locations throughout the terminals, symbolizing the enduring tradition and unity of the Jewish community. 

Our Shul, Cong. Shomrei Torah Ohel Yosef Yitzchok Bris Avrohom Center is conveniently situated just seven minutes from Newark Airport, so if you need a Minyan or a Mikvah on the go please feel free to contact us. We extend a warm invitation to all travelers passing through Newark Airport to reach out to our Shul for any assistance or support they may need during their journey. 

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