— About Us — 

We are a socially, politically, and religiously progressive REFORM congregation  in Washington Heights and Inwood and have been a pioneering voice in the Jewish world since 1950. We are LGBTQI and straight folks spanning three generations, practicing a Judaism that's both outside and inside the box.

Rabbis Emeriti

Dr. Israel R. Margolies, z”l           Margaret Moers Wenig
Rabbi Emeritus                               Rabbi Emerita
1953-1980                                       1984-2000


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Cantor Sandy Horowitz
service leader

Sandy Horowitz recounts, “When I was first looking for a congregation back in the early 1990s I saw a listing in the phone book (remember phone books?) and thought to myself, ‘the Peoples Temple’ – sounds like my kind of place!”  She has been a member of Beth Am The Peoples Temple ever since, and credits Beth Am as her inspiration and initial training ground for becoming a cantor.

She received cantorial ordination in 2014 from the Academy for Jewish Religion, along with a Masters in Jewish Studies from Gratz College.  She worked as a cantorial soloist and student with numerous congregations from Hattiesburg Mississippi to Bayshore Long Island, and currently serves as Cantor and Educator at Congregation Adas Emuno in Leonia, New Jersey.

Cantor Horowitz also enjoys singing Renaissance music along with her husband, musicologist and singer Marty Morell.  Their daughter Sara is currently studying for her doctorate in Political Science at the University of Michigan.