Our Mission:

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The Riverdale Jewish Project is an exciting initiative that connects adults in their 20’s and 30’s to each other and to Judaism.  The Riverdale Jewish Project aims to connect Jewish young adults in Manhattan/Riverdale/Bronx/Westchester, building social networks and transforming the area into a place that is known as a destination for young Jews to live. We offer activities that create community, revitalize Jewish ritual, and explore Judaism through innovative learning. We seek to create positive experiences of community life, to create deeper connections for the future, whether in Riverdale or in the wider Jewish world.

Meet our Engagement Coordinator…Yoel Shulman!


Yoel Shulman, Engagement Coordinator

Yoel is friendly, energetic, hard-working, and passionate about Jewish life, qualities that make him the perfect fit for this role. In role RJP, Yoel oversees the day to day operations of the group, collaborates with the leadership team on programming, promotes events via social media, and acts alongside Sam Buchbinder as a liaison between the CSAIR synagogue leadership and RJP.  In his free time, Yoel enjoys spending time with friends and family, catching the latest Mets (don’t tell anyone!) or Knicks games, listening to music, and having fun!

For more information about joining and/or to share any possible ideas you may have, please contact us.

Meet our leadership team:

Sam Buchbinder, Leadership Team

Sam Buchbinder is a native Chicagoan who moved out to New York after to start teaching High School History in the Bronx. Eight years, and hundreds of students, later, Sam is still teaching at the same school. After Sam and his wife Kim moved to Riverdale from the Upper West Side, he began coming to RJP events and has not stopped since. From Shabbat dinners to weekly basketball, Sam enjoys attending and planning different events. In his free time, Sam is an avid crossword solver and constructor, most recently coming in 444th place in the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. At some point this year, you can attempt his third New York Times puzzle.

 Lauren Shuman, Shabbat Coordinator

Alex Kaplan, Tech Coordinator