Manhattan Jewish Congregation
The Manhattan Jewish Congregation is a unique Jewish community located in Manhattan, Kansas. We are the only organized Jewish congregation in the area. We are a completely "lay-led" congregation. Our congregants conduct all of our own Shabbat and Holiday services.
We have a reputation for doing our best to incorporate the traditions and rich backgrounds of the great variety of people who participate, and are very proud of our tradition.
Our community includes many families stationed at Fort Riley, and many professionals working at nearby Kansas State University. Students from Kansas State University Hillel are a valued part of our community, and the Congregation often serves as a place for their activities.
Community members gather at the synagogue every other Friday evening for a ritual Shabbat dinners at 6:30 and services, depending on attendance, around 7:30. Before dropping by, please make sure to check the synagogue calendar to ensure people will be there. All members and guests are welcome.
High Holy Day services are run by the Ritual Committee and involves anyone interested in participating in the leadership of the many services during these important days. Torah readings and sermons are always part of these observances. Festival services are often provided by volunteers in conjunction with the congregation's celebration of the day. As always, the leaders are encouraged to share their own rich traditions during these meaningful days.
Life Cycle Celebrations such as Baby Naming, Brit, Consecration, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation, etc. are major events in our small Congregation. We all take great pride and participate in these events. We are a family that takes great joy in the passages of our children through Jewish Life.
Other worship opportunities are limited only by the interest of members. Creative services, Saturday morning worship, Havdalah, and others are incorporated from time to time. One of the unique qualities of our Congregation is its openness to include the ideas, traditions, skills, and participation of its members.