Services at the LAJC are often led by knowledgeable lay-leaders in the community.
Rabbi Jack Shlachter supports our community, and additionally we invite other rabbis and cantors to lead services or events.
Shabbat evening services are held every Friday, with a special summer schedule. Most often, members lead services and provide refreshments for the post-service celebration or Oneg. The current service times are provided in our weekly email: Shabbat Shalom. There is generally more English in the Friday night service than in the Saturday morning service.
We hold Shabbat morning and Torah services about every other Saturday. Shabbat morning service dates and times are also listed in our Shabbat Shalom newsletter.
A guide to leading Shabbat evening services is available to help members. This guide lists common prayers and readings with pages numbers and notes as to traditions special to the LAJC.
DR. JACK SHLACHTER
Jack Shlachter is the Rabbi of the Los Alamos Jewish Center,
Rabbi Jack was ordained by Rabbi Gershon Winkler in 1995 and served as both rabbi and cantor at the Los Alamos Jewish Center for many years, teaching adults, B'nai Mitzvah students, and the Post Bar/Bat Mitzvah class as well as conducting life cycle events and representing the Jewish community in the broader Los Alamos community. He is currently active as rabbi at HaMakom, The Place for Passionate and Progressive Judaism in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as well as continuing to support our congregation.
Rabbi Jack worked as a physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory & Brookhaven National Lab.
Rabbi Jack and his wife Beverly reside in Los Alamos but travel extensively to provide itinerant rabbinic services both domestically and abroad. Rabbi Jack served as a rabbi for the High Holidays in 2012 at Or Chadasch in Vienna, Austria; for High Holidays 2014-2018 at Kehillat Beijing in China; and as spiritual leader at the Jewish Center of the Moriches on eastern Long Island (NY) from 2019-2021.
Rabbi Jack's website To email Rabbi Jack Shlachter
Our membership consists of about 60 families. Most of our members live in Los Alamos or White Rock, but we also have some members that reside in Santa Fe and the Española Valley. Our members include singles, young married couples, households with school-age children, "empty-nesters", and retirees. Since our founding, we have been an unaffiliated congregation that welcomes the whole spectrum of religious observance. We also support visitors, such as those with postdoctoral assignments at LANL. We offer single and family memberships with reduced fees for students and seniors.
For more information on membership, please contact our
Membership Chair or President.
2022-2023 Board of Directors
President: Michael Fensin
Vice President: open
Treasurer: Richard Browning
Secretary: Beverly Cooper
Members At Large:Sy Stange, Naomi Unger, George Glass, Andrew Dattelbaum
The Los Alamos Jewish Center is an unaffiliated, egalitarian congregation. Men and women participate equally in all religious aspects of our congregation, and participation in all aspects of the service, from readings to leading prayers to reading from the Torah is encouraged and appreciated.