TIC WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE    
January 11, 2018  
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Shabbat Va'era
 
Friday, January 12
4:29 pm: Shabbat Candle Lighting
4:50 pm: Kabbalat Shabbat/Ma'ariv Services in the Irene Schwebel Chapel
5:50 pm:Minhah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Ma'ariv Services in the Milstein Sanctuary 
 
Saturday, January 13
8:00 am: Theology on Shabbat  
9:00 am: Shabbat Services in the Milstein Sanctuary
Bar Mitzvah: Matan Katz 
Ufruf: Dara Perl and Jacob Raskin   
10:45 am: Shabbat B'yahad (for children K-5 and adults) in Lower Level Conference Room
11:00 am: Tot Shabbat in Tot Shabbat room 
12:00 pm: Kiddush in Reception Halls
12:45 pm: Parashat HaShavua in Classroom C
 
4:50 pm:  Minhah Services in the Irene Schwebel Chapel
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A Service of Honor and Celebration of the Remarkable Life of
The Rev. Dr. M artin Luther King, Jr.
Join us at Temple Israel Center for a special service on 
Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm 
Co-Sponsored by White Plains Religious Leaders, Ministers Fellowship Council of White Plains and Vicinity 
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (1/15/18) Schedule
 
Monday, January 15, 2018 
7:10 am: Morning services
10:00 am: Bat Mitzvah: Eliana Weinsaft
8:00 pm: Evening services 
 
The synagogue office and school are closed on Monday, January 15, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.   
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Two Hesed Volunteer Opportunities on MLK Day, Monday, January 15, 2018:
 
TIC Community-Wide Family Hesed Day at TIC
10:30 am-12:30 pm
For all TIC community members, youth up to 7th grade and families
Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with a morning of meaningful community service activities for children and adults. Click here for registration (free) and information. 
 
J-Teen Leadership hosts MLK Day of Service for teens in grades 8-12
Off-site at Westchester Reform Temple
255 Mamaroneck Road
Scardsdale, NY 
10:00 am-1:00 pm
 
J-Teen Leadership is co-sponsoring an interfaith teen event with the Afya Foundation, in partnership with AJC, and the Westchester County Youth Council, in honor of MLK day. Many teens from all over the county will come together on January 15th to sort and pack supplies for shipments that will be sent directly to the victims of the recent hurricanes.  
 
All teens in Grades 8-12 across Westchester and Fairfield counties are invited to participate in a large interfaith event on MLK Day at Westchester Reform Temple.   
 
The teens are collecting:
* Hand sanitizer (travel sized)
* Bar Soap
* School Supplies (pens, pencils, notebooks, and folders)
 
There will be a collection bin right outside Cantor Mordecai's office. Donations will be accepted until this Friday, January 12th.  
 
View attached flyer here for details, and to register for free event.
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USY Shabbat/Dinner on January 19
 
Pajama-themed Shabbat 
Friday night, January 19, 2018  
6:30-8:30 pm
Youth Lounge
 
All attendees are encouraged to come in their coziest and warmest pajamas! For more information contact Rachel Glickenstein at r.glickenstein@templeisraelcenter.org .   
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Next Thursday morning: TIC Parents of Children with Special Needs ages 0-17 
The next gathering of the TIC Parents of Children with Special Needs ages 0-17 is next week, Thursday, January 18 at 10:00 am, held off site.  There will be an informal discussion and light snacks.  Our Director of Inclusion, Michelle Steinhart, will be there.
 
Please RSVP to the synagogue office .  Note that you are welcome to drop in without RSVP'ing, however, it helps us to figure out chairs and amount of food.
 
Here are the dates for the rest of the year.  Let us know if you are interested in hosting any of the upcoming gatherings.
Next week: Thurs morning January 18 10:00 am 
Thurs evening February 8   8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thurs morning March 22   10:00 am
Thurs evening April 19  8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thurs morning May 17   10:00 am
Thurs evening June 14   8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thurs evening July 19   8:00pm - 10:00 pm
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NEW! Shabbat  Hamudim with Rabbi Ari and Cantor Mordecai
Join us for a relaxed, come-as-you-are Shabbat experience for families with young children.  Welcome Shabbat with songs, stories, dancing and kiddush on the third Friday of every month.

Third Fridays: January 19th, February 16th, March 16th, April 20th, May 18th, and June 15th.
5:15-5:45 pm
Room 21 
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NEW Adult Ed Series! Making Shabbat And Holidays Come Alive For You And Your Family 
 
Through text study, discussions, hands-on activities and crafts, we will explore the key themes of Shabbat and holidays, and share engaging ways to celebrate with family members of all ages. Each participant will have a chance to create a ritual object to take home that can enhance Shabbat and holiday celebrations with family and friends. Bring you curiosity, creativity, and great ideas. 
 
Join us for these monthly sessions: January 22: Tu b'Shevat, February 5: Purim,
March 12: Pesah, April 23: Friday evening (Erev Shabbat), May 7: Shabbat: A Day of Rest
Educators: Rachel Glickenstein, Arielle Richman and Susan Ticker   
 
Please RSVP to Aliza Burton at a.burton@templeisraelcenter.org  to indicate your plans to attend on January 22nd. This series is free to all TIC members.  
 
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NURSERY SCHOOL NEWS   
Nursery school is closed,  Monday, January 15th, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 
 
Snow policy:
The Nursery School is closed if the White Plains schools are closed. If the White Plains schools have a delayed opening, the Nursery School opens at 10:00 am.  When there's a snow event, Director Patty Goldstick sends an email to Nursery School families, and also posts the information to the NS Facebook page by 7:00 am.
 
Registration Now Open for the 2018-19 School Year. 
Registration is now open for the 2018-2019 school year. Enrollment is subject to available space and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you would like to schedule a tour or learn more about the TIC Nursery School, please contact the Nursery School Director,  Patty Goldstick or call 914-948-2800, x126. For registration information, click here.  
 
New! PTO Winter Cocktail Party
January 25, 2018 8:00 - 10:00 pm 
Location is off site, contact Jen or Lissy at templeisraelcenterpto@gmail.com for location information. 
Attendance is free but RSVP is required at https://www.templeisraelcenter.org/CocktailPTO 
 
New Program: Turning Two
A Separation program designed for children who will be turning two years old between December 2017 and April 2018.  
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:15-11:15 am, January 30-May 31. See flyer here.
Contact Patty Goldstick at 948-2800 x 126 for more information. 
 
If you are interested in learning more about the TIC Nursery School, please contact the Nursery School Director,  Patty Goldstick or call  914-948-2800, x126.
 
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SHORASHIM AND HAVURAT TORAH NEWS  

Snow Days:
In the event of a weather-related closing:
On Sundays, the decision to close Shorashim will be made by 7:00 am.  On weekdays, Shorashim and Havurat Torah will be canceled if either White Plains or Scarsdale public schools are closed.  If those public schools are open but decide to cancel after-school activities, we will also cancel Shorashim and Havurat Torah on those days.  We will relay this information to all our families by the following methods: 
  • Call us at 914-948-2800, ext. 158 (our weather-related phone extension) to hear a voice message from the Education Office when there are weather-related school closings to report.
     
  • We will provide this information to Channel 12 news.
  • An email will be sent to all our Shorashim and HT families.
Shorashim News
Shorashim is closed  Sunday, January 14th, MLK, Jr. weekend.    
 
Shabbat Experience for Families with Young Children 
Shabbat Hamudim with Rabbi Ari & Cantor Mordecai
 
For children up to 1st grade, and their parents.
Join us for a relaxed, come-as-you-are Shabbat experience for families with young children.  Welcome Shabbat with songs, stories, dancing and kiddush  .
Third Friday of every month:  January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, and June 15.
5:15-5:45 pm
TIC room 21, across from the library
 
 
Optional Parent-Teacher Conferences
Sunday, January 21
Optional Parent-Educator conferences.  Email your child's educator if you have not already scheduled an appointment.  Times are still available between 11:45am and 2:00pm.
 
Sixth Grade Social Action Trip to the Schaffer Extended Care Center in New Rochelle
Sunday, January 28 
This is in lieu of regular Shorashim classes for the 6th grade.
Learners should arrive as usual at 9:00 am.
Leaving TIC at 9:45 am.  Return for regular dismissal at 11:30 am.
Drivers needed, please contact Lisa at l.schwartz@templeisraelcenter.org if you are available.
 
Be'Atid...Coming Soon
 
Tu BiShevat (birthday of the trees) will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 31.  
 
Purim: The Megillah reading will be Wednesday evening, February 28. Details to follow. 
 
If you have any questions or concerns, we are here for you. Contact Lisa Schwartz at 914-948-2800, x122, or email   l.schwartz@templeisraelcenter.org  or Jean Klipstein, office administrator, at 914-948-2800 x 123, or email j.klipstein@templeisraelcenter.org to schedule a tour and a conversation.
 
Havurat Torah News
 
Check out what we're offering for the spring semester starting January 17 (click on the links below).

Havurat  
Torah Offerings for 5778 (2017-2018):
 
If you are interested in hearing more about what your friends are learning at HT this year, 
ask them why they're choosing to participate and what they're excited about.  

Questions? Contact Susan Ticker at  914-948-2800, x113, or email 
s.ticker@templeisraelcenter.org .
Register now. We are eager to welcome  you into our learning community!
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YOUTH and FAMILY PROGRAMMING  
   
Two Hesed Volunteer Opportunities on MLK Day, Monday, January 15, 2018:
 
TIC Community-Wide Family Hesed Day On-Site
10:30am - 12:30pm
For all TIC community members, youth up to 7th Grade and families
Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with a morning of meaningful community service activities for children and adults. Click here for registration (free) and information. 
 
J-Teen Leadership hosts MLK Day of Service for teens in Grades 8-12: Off-site  
10:00 am-1:00 pm
 
J-Teen Leadership is co-sponsoring an interfaith teen event with the Afya Foundation, in partnership with AJC, and the Westchester County Youth Council, in honor of MLK day. Many teens from all over the county will come together on January 15th to sort and pack supplies for shipments that will be sent directly to the victims of the recent hurricanes.  
 
All teens in Grades 8-12 across Westchester and Fairfield counties are invited to participate in a large interfaith event on MLK Day at Westchester Reform Temple, 255 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale.   
 
The teens are collecting:
* Hand sanitizer (travel sized)
* Bar Soap
* School Supplies (pens, pencils, notebooks, and folders)
 
There will be a collection bin right outside Cantor Mordecai's office. Donations will be accepted until Friday, January 12th.  
 
View attached flyer here for details, and to register for free event.
 
Save The Date for an All-New Shabbat Experience
For all TIC families with 6th Graders, these weekends are for you!
#shabbat4sixth
Food, song, exploration, community building, learning, prayer, and tons of fun.
 
February 9-10, 2018
5:50-8:45 pm: Friday evening service with singing & dancing, dinner, conversation and activities
9:30 am-2:00 pm: A unique Shabbat service for 6th Graders & families, lunch, activities and snowman contest in the courtyard (snow permitting!)
 
March 9-10, 2018
5:50 -8:45 pmFriday evening service with singing & dancing, dinner, and board games
9:30 am-2:00 pm: A unique Shabbat service for 6th Graders & families, lunch, and an outdoor adventure
 
Please note:  There will not be a Shabbat Family Experience in January as previously announced. Dates in February and March are subject to change if rabbinic candidate visits are scheduled at these times. 
 
6th Grade Family Brunches:  
Opportunities for all 6th Grade children and their parents to learn, discover, and create. Each session features innovative programming, interactive learning, text study, and discussions with peers, educators, and clergy. Breakfast is also served.  
  • Sunday, February 4, 2018, at 9:30-11:30 am
  • Sunday, May 6, 2018, at 9:30-11:30 am  
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Eat*Pray*Learn Dinner and Book Talk: Eternal Life by Dara Horn
 
Join us on Friday evening, February 2 as we welcome Shabbat, enjoy a delicious dairy dinner, and discover local author, Dara Horn who will discuss her recent publication-Eternal Life.   

Services at 6:00 pm followed by dinner-the Book talk will begin at 7:50. There will be supervised activities for children during the Book Talk. This program is in collaboration with the JCC of Mid-Westchester's Books on Tour. Books are available for purchase at $15.00.

What would it really mean to live forever? Rachel is a woman with a problem: she can't die. Her recent troubles--widowhood, a failing business, an unemployed middle-aged son--are only the latest in a litany spanning dozens of countries, scores of marriages, and hundreds of children. In the 2,000 years since she made a spiritual bargain to save the life of her first son back in Roman-occupied Jerusalem, she's tried everything to free herself, and only one other person in the world understands: a man she once loved passionately, who has been stalking her through the centuries, convinced they belong together forever.
Gripping, hilarious, and profoundly moving, Eternal Life celebrates the bonds between generations, the power of faith, the purpose of death, and the reasons for being alive.

Sign up here
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Save the Dates! 
April 27-29, 2018 | 13-15 Iyyar 5778
 
Join TIC for a Weekend of Learning and Celebration !
 
The weekend will open with the Arthur S. Weinstock Scholar-In-Residence Shabbat inspired by a new book of commentaries on Pirkei Avot, scheduled for publication in early spring, with teachings by Rabbi Gordon Tucker and Rabbi Tamar Elad-Applebaum. Friday-Saturday, April 27-28, 2018.
   
We are thrilled to cap the weekend with an EVENING OF CELEBRATION AND APPRECIATION to honor Rabbi Gordon Tucker and Amy Cohn on Sunday, April 29, 2018, in anticipation of the Rabbi's retirement at the end of June.
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Brotherhood Event
Presentation by author Dr. Peter Feinman on his book Jerusalem Throne Games 
Sunday, January 21, 2018  
9:30-11:00 am
Light refreshments will be served
 
The book explores the political battle for power to succeed David, expressed through selected stories from the beginning of the Book of Genesis. Each story is reviewed through selected commentaries from ancient to modern times. 
 
For details and to register for the event, click here
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PIRKEI AVOT mini course
Educator:     Rabbi Gordon Tucker 
Last class:    Monday, January 22 (no class on January 15) 
Time:             9:00-10:00 am
 
Pirkei Avot, one of the sixty-three Tractates of the Mishnah, contains Rabbinic Judaism's prescriptions for how to lead a life of virtue and honor.  In the spring of 2018, new commentaries by Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum and Rabbi Gordon Tucker are to appear in print.  In this seven week course, we will have the opportunity to study and discuss in depth essential parts of these new commentaries, even before the actual publication date.

A weekend of learning and celebration for this publication is being planned for Shabbat, April 27-28, see the Save the Dates! notice below.
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The Point In Time (PIT) Count of the Homeless 
January 25, 2018
 
For more information about the  January 25th event and the efforts of the Continuum of Care to help people experiencing homelessness in Westchester County contact amcspedon@programdesign.com
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SISTERHOOD SHABBAT 1/27/18
 
Please join Sisterhood members as we celebrate 100 years of Women's League in fully participating and leading the Torah service.   TIC Sisterhood is a social group which supports the Temple thru programming, funding special projects, meals to mourners and gifts for bar/bat mitzvah honorees.  Additionally we support JTS thru Torah Fund.  A kiddish will follow.
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Breakfast and Learn 5778 (2017-18) 
The Bible in Song

This year, we will continue to explore Israeli songs  that serve as modern midrash on Bible stories and characters, beginning with the patriarchs and matriarchs of the Torah. New students welcome.
 
Instructor: Rabbi Dina Shargel  
View flyer here for details.
To register, email rabbishargel@gmail.com or call 914-948-2800, ext. 121. 
 
Fridays at 7:50 am in Room 21
Upcoming classes in 2018:
January 19, 
February 2, 16*, 
March 2, 16 ,  April 13, 27,  May 11, 25,  June 8, 22
  *8:00 am start time 
 
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A VERY SPECIAL MASORTI MISSION TO ISRAEL IN 2018
 
Join Rabbi Tucker on a very special mission to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Masorti movement in Israel.
Advocate for religious pluralism at the Knesset

Travel the country and visit 10 - 12 Masorti kehillot
From the Shabbat of January 26-27, through the evening of February 1

For more information, contact David Lissy, Interim Executive Director, Masorti Foundation at 212-870-2216 or dlissy@masorti.org. View flyer here for details.

For help with travel arrangements and flights, contact yafa@israeltour.com at Israel Tour Connection (ITC) or,  call Yafa at 973-535-2575 or 800-247-7235
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HUNGRY & HOMELESS Winter 2017 Update

Look at what we've done as a community...We responded generously to the Yom Kippur Appeal
and can take pride in having donated approximately  $20,000.00 to local organizations feeding, housing and supporting county residents.

Please continue to contribute to the Hungry & Homeless appeal. The funds that you provide help thousands throughout Westchester.   Click here to view the Winter 2017 update, and click here to make a donation.
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SISTERHOOD BOOK CLUB
 
Our next meeting is on January 17, 2018, we will be reading the book, Henna House, by Nomi Eve. 
 
Contact Sheryl for location information at sheryl.lewit27@yahoo.com.
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DOROT invites you and your members to participate in our annual WINTER PACKAGE DELIVERY!
Brighten the day of a senior! Volunteer to deliver a package and visit with an older person.

Sunday, January 28, 2018
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Westchester Reform Temple
255 Mamaroneck Rd
Scarsdale, NY
 
View flyer here for more information. 
 
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J-Teen Leadership Disaster Area Relief Service Trips (DARST)

Thanks to a generous grant from Time for Good, a UJA-Federation initiative, J-Teen will be leading seven Disaster Area Relief Service Trips (DARST) to Houston and Florida this year! High schoolers (grades 9-12) will work together to help those affected by the recent hurricanes through hands-on work and social action. 

For more information, go to website here.
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The Hesed Circle  
Bikkur Holim * Senior Connect * Shiva Support 
 
Click here more information.  Questions? Email mail us at HesedCircle@templeisraelcenter.org.
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HELP FURTHER THE MISSION OF THE TIC INCLUSION COMMITTEE

The TIC Inclusion Committee works on exploring and improving issues related to anyone who feels excluded in any way, including people with disabilities and learning differences, the LGBTQ community, or those experiencing mental health issues. Anyone who needs our services, please contact Michelle Steinhart, TIC's Director of Inclusion, at m.steinhart@templeisraelcenter.org .

To join the committee in its work, please contact Michelle Steinhart or Robin Friedman at rskf18@gmail.com.
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DOROT Westchester Intergenerational Chess
 
Opportunity for Older Adults to Participate in an Intergenerational Chess Program
 
* Learn and Play Chess with Teens
* Wednesday Afternoons in Hartsdale
* Transportation is available
* Great for Brain Fitness

Call Cippi Harte, Director DOROT Westchester, to Register: (914) 573-8906. View  flyer here .
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MAH JONGG WITH SISTERHOOD 

Sisterhood holds mah jongg games on Thursday nights from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m

"We play for tzedakah/charity, one game at a time."  Players need not be Sisterhood or Temple Israel Center members. 

Contact Linda Lieberman at 914-472-3626. We play year-round, except for holidays and when the synagogue is closed.

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TIC FOOD VOLUNTEERS

 

Do you know where YOUR next meal is coming from?  

Would you like to help someone who doesn't? 

Join the TIC Food Volunteers!  We prepare more than 150 meals on the first Sunday of every month for the hungry and homeless.  Meals are prepared in volunteers' homes and brought to TIC for transport to The Sharing Community in Yonkers, NY. To learn how you can help, contact Judith Grand at (914) 328-3322 or  foodvolunteer@gmail.com.     

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UNITED WAY 2-1-1 HELPLINE
 
Need Help? Speak to Real People and Get Real Answers
United Way's 2-1-1 is a free, confidential, multilingual information and referral helpline open 365 days a year, 9:00 am-7:00 pm. Our knowledgeable call specialists are here to listen, to care, and most of all, to give you the information you need on:  food, housing and shelters, abuse prevention, government services, senior services, health& mental health, child care, job assistance and more.

To speak to someone dial 2-1-1 from any phone or visit
www.uwwp.org/get-help  
 
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WJCS KOSHER MEAL DELIVERY 

WJCS kosher Meals-on-Wheels program is looking for volunteer drivers. Monthly, biweekly, or occasionally; we'll work with your schedule. Contact Eileen at 914-668-4350, or eoleet@wjcs.com.

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MINYANIM AT TIC!
Support fellow congregants who want to pray in a community as well as those who are saying Kaddish.  It is an act of great kindness. We gather in the lrene Schwebel Chapel at 7:10 am Monday-Friday, at 8:00 pm Monday-Thursday, and at 9:00 am and 8:00 pm on Sunday.   Check our calendar for minyanim times on Shabbat.    

To join the minyan corps, contact
TIC COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES
- Support TIC mourners during shiva week by being part of shiva minyanim. To participate in this act of hesed, email Caren Zelicof. 

- Celebrating a simha or remembering a loved one? You can share the commemoration by sponsoring a Shabbat kiddush. Email  Kelly Kressler or call her at 914-948-2800 x111.

- Dedicating one or more copies of Siddur Lev Shalem is another great way to commemorate a yahrtzeit or to celebrate a simha. Click here to get started. 

- Birthday parties are great fun at TIC! For gym or room rental details, email   Kelly Kressler.

- Share your good news with the TIC community. Email Susan Galla with details about your
s'mahot, or call her at 914-948-2800 x112.