The Westchester Jewish Council's
Community Connection
 Your now almost weekly and every so often e-newsletter

May 14, 2020 20 Iyyar 5780


During this challenging time, we are all looking for things to be grateful for. How about the modern State of Israel? Fun fact - on this day in 1948, the independent state of Israel was proclaimed as British rule in Palestine came to an end. Look for information within about ongoing programs by our community shliach/emissary Nadav (who has returned from paternity leave).

Now for some important business. In accordance with the by-laws of the Westchester Jewish Council, the Nominating Committee, chaired by Jennifer Sokol and including members, Harold Aspis, Lisa Ginsberg, Ellen Salant and Nancy Zaro, is honored to present the proposed slate of the Board of Directors for the Westchester Jewish Council. The slate will be voted on at our 45 th Annual Meeting on June 10, 2020 on Zoom at 7:30 PM. To view the full Board list, please click here . We thank all those that have served and to our incoming board members. Annual meeting invitations will be sent next week.

There are many upcoming events we are sponsoring in the community over the next two weeks including our Israel Roundtable - "Lunch and Learn with Nadav - Our Westchester Community Shaliach" on Wednesday, May 20th, a Jewish community update in conjunction with Jewish History and Heritage month with our County Executive Hon. George Latimer on Thursday, May 21st at 11:30 am, and an evening of thinking with Dr. Steven Windmueller, Emeritus Professor at HUC-JIR, Los Angeles , as he discusses the present and future status of the Jewish community on May 28th at 7:30 PM. Details may be found within.

We want to close by thanking again the brave front-line medical personnel, all those in food production and distribution, refuse collectors, the military who continue to keep us safe, delivery personnel who work to ensure we have supplies, our teachers and clergy/faith leaders who inspire us, journalists and news-gatherers who keep us informed, our elected officials and advisors who have the enormous task of making sense...and then policy...from this virus and of course all the other workers and all the kind-hearted people who continue to toil in the background to keep this world turning, albeit much slower, day in and day out.

The loss of life--each one so precious--cannot be minimized. To all who have been affected directly or less directly we send prayers for healing and comfort.

Lisa Roberts, President
Lori Kurlander, Communications Manager
Elliot Forchheimer, CEO


(The Council is financially supported by donations from individuals,
dues from 136 member organizations and generous grant support from UJA-Federation)
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Wednesday, May 27 th -
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Join Dr. Steven Windmueller, Emeritus Professor at HUC-JIR, Los Angeles, for a presentation on the present and future status of the Jewish community. He will discuss how we are experiencing significant displacement, as well as an extraordinary opportunity and moment for Jewish learning and engagement.

Sign up required here: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For more information, email .
COME AND LEARN. (2 sessions left.)


A Nine-Part Weekly Series Led by Rabbis From Throughout the area presented by The Westchester Board of Rabbis, UJA and The Westchester Jewish Council, Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm. This program will take place each Tuesday Night through May 26th.   

Each session is based upon a chapter in Stephen Wylen's "Settings of Silver: An Introduction to Judaism".  

You may attend as many of the sessions as you choose as each stands alone. No prior knowledge is necessary, just a willingness to learn. Free and open to all

Join us on  Zoom through this link.

Please click here for the Introduction to Judaism curriculum.
Westchester Jewish Council
Israel Roundtable invites you to:
"Lunch and Learn with Nadav Shachmon - Our Westchester Community Shaliach"

May 20, 2020 12:00 PM EST  

Join us for an overview of the current situation in Israel and the affect the Corona virus has had on its society and politics.

Please register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For more information, please contact .
Jewish Community Zoom Update with Hon. George Latimer in conjunction with Jewish History and Heritage Month
Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 11:30 am -12:00 noon

Please register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email
containing information about joining the meeting .

Silver Anniversary
The 25th Annual Julian Y. Bernstein
Distinguished Service Awards Virtual Ceremony
This year's DSA Ceremony will take place (virtually) on  Thursday June 4th from 7:30pm-8:45 PM.  While we will miss gathering with the community in person to honor 22 individuals for their outstanding dedication to the Westchester Jewish community, we will join one another via zoom. In recognition of the Silver Anniversary of the awards, we will also be honoring Donald J. Fleishaker who was the recipient of a first DSA Award in 1996. More details will follow.

If you would like to make a contribution in honor of one of the evening's honorees, please email .
The Hebrew Free Burial Association (a Council member) has been working hard during this difficult time to provide some comfort to families who have lost people. They shared an inspirig video of the important work they are doing.
County Executive George Latimer and
Congresswoman Nita Lowey Announce
$2.9M in Federal Funding Awarded To Westchester

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has notified Westchester County that pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), emergency Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) are available to aid in the County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant money the County could receive would be disbursed among the nonprofit organizations that assist residents, and small business micro-enterprises of the 27 Consortium municipalities in Westchester, with funds available as soon as July. To read more, please click here .
visit the full Community Calendar at
Join ADL (Council member organization) CEO Jonathan Greenblatt and the Center on Extremism team f or this conversation about the results, and ways you can take action to fight antisemitism.
We will also discuss the environment for antisemitism in 2020, a year of heightened uncertainty due to the coronavirus and the economic disruption that has resulted from it.
You can send questions to our experts in the webinar’s chat tool. All registrants will be emailed a link to the recording to re-watch and share.

Responsa Radio Live! 
Tune into your Zoom rooms Monday, May 18th, 7:30-8:30 PM EDT for a live taping of the popular podcast Responsa Radio with Rabbi Avi Killip and Rabbi Ethan Tucker .

Have a question about Jewish law you’d like answered on the show? Send an email to
The Jewish Education Project (Council member) is launching a new live weekly video broadcast with Jewish educators. Join each Wednesday at 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT for  Adapting : The Future of Jewish Education. This production is in partnership with  jewishLIVE , a virtual festival for curated Jewish content and experiences, and you can learn more about them on  Facebook . Each week with a different guest we’ll explore the big questions, challenges, and successes that define Jewish education.

Just another way that Temple Israel has maintained its connection to its congregants … a “virtual” art show via Facebook Live!
Lisa Klein, Temple Member and Photographer, spent a Sunday morning with congregants via Facebook Live, sharing her photo essay exploring the remains, and the impact felt, of Jewish life and culture in Warsaw, Krakow, and Budapest found over 10 days in April 2019 on a congregational trip in November 2019.
Click to see the virtual presentation!

*Correction from last week's edition - We erroneously referenced Temple Israel Center of White Plains instead of Temple Israel of New Rochelle for celebrating congregants milestone anniversaries. We regret the error
Daniel Rothner of Areyvut (Council member) shared the following :

The Kindness Club is a great resource for parents, educators and those that serve senior citizens.
" By  failing  to  prepare you  are  preparing to fail" B. Franklin
As always and per protocol, please report any security concerns immediately to your local Police Department and then to the Council for follow up.

Please send any security questions/concerns to
UJA Community Webinars
Tune in to free online learning sessions  
(Including a warm, pre-Shabbat gathering tomorrow)
for both personal and professional use.
Westchester Jewish Council
Upcoming C ommunity Roundtables
(The Council thanks the hundreds of people that dedicate time to attend our Roundtables-
a signature initiative of the Council often sponsored with wonderful partners from among our member organizations)
We will be hosting our roundtables via Zoom in the coming weeks.

Some Upcoming Council Roundtables :

Youth Professionals Roundtable with Jewish Education Project- May 14th at 11am
Security Roundtable - tbd
Jewish Continuity Roundtable - Wednesday May 27. 730 pm
Marketing Roundtable - coming in June

Contact the Council office at (914) 328-7001 for information on these and other Roundtables--a key offering of the Westchester Jewish Council.
Mazal Tov to:

Rabbi Jeffrey and Marla Segelman of Westchester Jewish Center for being honored this Sunday in honor of his upcoming retirement 
The Center for Aging in Place has created a valuable resource for seniors in the community. Thank you to Dorot Westchester (council member) for their work with the non-profit coalition to help create this guide.

Ta'amod has a new call line for individuals who have experienced harassment, gender abuse or discrimination in the Jewish community. The call line is available now and is an important resource in general but also for people who may have negative experiences as remote workers right now.
  The information is here: 
Westchester Jewish Council Teen Organizations include:
Thank you to the Jewish Education Project for working so closely with our Teen professionals and volunteers!
If you have a job listing to share, please email .

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The next Community Connection will be published on or about May 21, 2020.