The Westchester Jewish Council's
Community Connection

 Your bi-weekly and every so often e-newsletter

February 27, 2020 2 Adar 5780


As we enter into the final days of this month, with a bonus day this year, we share with you many exciting upcoming Council and community happenings in this newsletter. As always thanks for your participation!

We cannot ignore that the Coronavirus is in the news worldwide. We have been in touch with our contacts in Westchester County Government and the County Health Department . They have issued guidelines and best practices on how to minimize the spread of this and other respiratory viruses. Please click here to learn more from the New York State Department of Health. Thank you to Andrew Ferris, Chief of Staff to the County Executive , for sharing this vital information with us.

We want to acknowledge some recent and upcoming events:

The Westchester Jewish Council Hon. Sam Fredman Leadership Development Institute's 5th Session . Heidi Greenbaum, Director of Development at SAR Academy/SAR High School presented to the leadership group, along with a meet and greet with Bill Hayes, the Westchester/Bronx Regional Security Manager of the Community Security Initiative.

Another highlight this week was the Community Security Initiative (CSI) roll-out hosted at the JCC of Mid-Westchester. This program is a joint program of UJA-Federation, the JCRC of NY and (in Westchester with) the Westchester Jewish Council. This is an important next step in keeping to make our community safer. Read more about it below in the Security section.

The Council is honored and excited about the upcoming co-sponsored event with American Friends of Magen David Adom, the JCC of Mid-Westchester and the Westchester Jewish Council in which Bari Weiss , acclaimed speaker and author, will speak on Wednesday night March 11th to discuss fighting anti-Semitism. Details can be found below.

And, in just a few weeks on Tuesday March 17th, we will be honoring 22 amazing community volunteers at the 25th Annual Julian Y. Bernstein Distinguished Service Awards Ceremony . Come out and join us for this wonderful celebration. Registration details can be found below.

Also, we will be hosting a community conversation on Wednesday night March 25th with special guest speaker Dr. Steven Windmueller , a leading thought leader in the Jewish world. Final details will arrive next week. This event is free and open to Jewish leaders who want to help catalyze our Westchester Jewish future.

Finally, save the date for Hadar’s Westchester Passover Learning Intensive on March 29-31, 2020 held and co-sponsored by at Temple Israel Center and co-sponsored by the Westchester Jewish Council. Details below.
Shabbat Shalom,

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

(The Council is financially supported by donations from individuals,
dues from 135 member organizations and grant support from UJA-Federation)
Please support the work of the Westchester Jewish Council. Your donation makes a difference each and every day. Click here to donate
Silver Anniversary
25th Annual Julian Y. Bernstein
Distinguished Service Awards Ceremony
Join us on Tuesday, March 17th at Temple Israel Center, White Plains at 7:30pm as we honor 22 individuals for their outstanding dedication to the Westchester Jewish community. 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 1998.

This event is free and all are welcome. Reservations requested.
Please register here .

If you would like to make a contribution
in honor of one of the evening's honorees, please click here .
American Friends of Magen David Adom, the JCC of Mid-Westchester and the Westchester Jewish Council invite you to:

"Anti-Semitism, A Different Conversation" with noted speaker and author Bari Weiss
Wednesday, March 11th
JCC of Mid-Westchester, 999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale, NY
6:30 pm to 7:30pm - VIP Reception with Bari Weiss
7:30 pm to 8:45 pm - Program

Tickets are $36 for General Admission Ticket and $360 for the VIP Reception, Program Ticket with Reserved Program Seating and a signed copy of How to Fight Anti-Semitism .

Click here to register.

For questions, contact Emily Posner at or 646-388-7504.
Council staff attended "Dismantling and Combating Hate" , a panel and discussion at Purchase College presented by the Office of Diversity and Compliance and Hillels of Westchester (Council member) which was held on February 12th. Our friend Rabbi Andrew Ergas was one of the panelists.

UJA-Federation and the Westchester Jewish Council held its Westchester Government Relations Briefing on February 11th with Honorable Benjamin Boykin, (Chairman of the Board of Legislators) Chris Johnson (Majority Whip) and MaryJane Shimsky (Majority Leader ).
Pictured (left to right) - Karen Everett, Hon. Benjamin Boykin, Hon. MaryJane Shimsky, Hon. Chris Johnson, Harriet Schleifer, Joseph Rafalowicz and Elliot Forchheimer.
Health Guidelines for the Coronavirus

With the ongoing news of the worldwide spread of Coronavirus, we share with you valuable instructions from the Westchester County Department of Health on how to help avoid the Coronavirus. There are also links to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the State Department of Health and a Coronavirus fact sheet.

Thank you to Andrew Ferris, Chief of Staff to the County Executive for providing this information to us.

  What We Can Do
  • Stay informed, calm and don't be alarmed
  • Wash hands - at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Use an alcohol based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. 
  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover your mouth when cough or sneeze - elbow or tissue
  • Clean with non-"green" products (i.e. bleach-based)
  • Get your flu shot. It is easier for doctors to diagnose a patient if they have already had a flu shot.

Some Additional Best Practices for our Community
  • Consider "rubbing elbows" instead of shaking hands to minimize the transmission of germs
  • When serving food, make sure to have serving utensils and sanitary tableware
  • All food handlers should wear gloves and wash hands as appropriate.
  • Make sure that good hygiene is being followed whenever food is served such as in early childhood and school programs

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)
Thank you to the 40 leaders that attended the Westchester Jewish Council's Synagogue Presidents+1 Roundtable that took place this week and featured a panel discussion including Lisa Lieberman Barzilai from the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), Linda Sussman from the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) and Ellen Plum, URJ National Board Member and former Council board member.

Some Upcoming Council Roundtables :
Security Roundtable-Thursday, March 12
Israel Roundtable-Wednesday, March 18
Youth Professionals- Wednesday, April 22
MOSAIC LGBTQ - Thursday, April 23
Seniors/Grandparents Roundtable, coming in May

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

Please look out for the most updated schedule of dates in upcoming newsletters and on our website.
" By  failing  to  prepare you  are  preparing to fail" B. Franklin
The new Community Security Initiative (CSI) roll out took place earlier this week. Audrey Stein, Westchester Regional Director, UJA-Federation of New York, Westchester shared opening remarks. Cheryl Fishbein, President of JCRC-NY and Michael Miller, CEO of the JCRC -NY discussed the work of the JCRC-NY and Mitch Silber, the Executive Director of the Community Security Initiative presented the overall plan of the initiative and how it will be utilized in Westchester County. We also heard from Bill Hayes who is the Westchester/Bronx Regional Security Manager and Elliot Forchheimer of the Council.

Thank you to the JCC of Mid-Westchester (Council member) for hosting this event.  
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
Westchester Annual Celebration 2020
Thursday, March 5, 2020 • 6:30 pm

Join us on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at the Capitol Theatre for a fun and fabulous evening as we celebrate the impact of UJA-Federation of New York in Westchester and two outstanding couples, Honorees Rikki and Barry Kaplan and Young Leadership Awardees Allison and Ben Friedland

In the spirit of Purim, key up for an exciting and unique evening of strolling entertainers, a bountiful buffet and luscious libations, followed by the lively music of Shake Rattle & Roll dueling pianos. Details.
Westchester Women’s Symposium 2020: From Inspiration to Impact
Thursday, April 30, 2020 • 9:00 am

Back by popular demand! An energizing and inspiring morning featuring visionary women who have driven change to improve the lives of others.
Click here for details and registration.

For more information about upcoming event, please click here.
visit the full Community Calendar at
Kidney Donation Awareness Event

Join the community on Wednesday, March 4th at 7pm at Congregation B'nai Yisrael, 2 Banksville Road, Armonk, NY to assist the Alderman family in finding a donor match for Phil Alderman.
Rabbi Josh Sturm, from Renewal of Brooklyn will be presenting "The Anatomy of Kindness." Renewal provides assistance, support and outreach for kidney donors and their recipients. 
Soul Shop: Ministering to Faith Communities Affected by Suicide

This event which is co-sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will take place on March 9th from 8:30am to 4pm at Calvary Baptist Church, 32 East Post Road, White Plains. This event is for faith-based leaders. For more information, please contact Pat White or Maria Idoni . To register, click here .
WJCS is offering "Youth Mental Health First Aid training" taking place at WJCS headquarters, 845 N. Broadway in White Plains on March 15th . This 8 hour training is being offered free of charge for Jewish communal leadership in the county through a grant by UJA Federation’s Philanthropic Advisory Council for Teens. 
YMHFA is an 8- hour evidence based course designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents and introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents while educating them on typical stages of adolescent development. Most importantly, the course teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.
RSVP’s are required . To RSVP or for more information, contact Ali Rainone at or reach out to Susan Lewen at .
Chabad of the Rivertowns Holocaust Lecture Series presents: Transcending
Darkness: A Girl's Journey Out of the Holocaust with author and lecturer Estelle Laughlin. Hear Estelle, share her horrific Holocaust story and how she was surrounded by the heroism of special people who kept their hearts and spirit.      
This event will take place on March 18th at 7pm at Chabad of the Rivertowns, 303 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Please contact or call (914)693-6100.
The Second Annual Social Work Month Awards
Please join us as we honor four exceptional social workers, Lisa Aaronberg,
Maureen Isaia, Jinoy Joseph and Nicole Serra, who have made a positive impact
on our society for generations to come.

Thursday, March 19, 2020
5–8 p.m.
Sarah Neuman
Tisch Auditorium
845 Palmer Avenue
Mamaroneck, NY 10543

If you have any questions, please contact Nikki Robinson | 212.870.5051
Mosaic Pride Passover

Sunday, March 22 from 3-5pm
Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont
and Emanuel.

We welcome our LGBTQ Jewish community and allies of all ages to experience a variety of LGBTQ themed activities you can share at a Passover Seder.

Click here for more information and to register.  

Mosaic is a program of the
Westchester Jewish Council.

Join us at Hadar’s Westchester Learning Intensive on March 29-31, 2020 at Temple Israel Center. This is a remarkable opportunity to spend three days immersed in Torah study in preparation for Pesach. Connect with the Westchester community and Hadar faculty including Rabbi Shai Held, Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, Rabbi Avi Killip, and Rabbi Aviva Richman. For adults of all ages who are looking for deep Jewish learning. We welcome participants from across the denominational spectrum, and from all Jewish educational backgrounds.

This program is brought to you in partnership with the Westchester Jewish Council and the Westchester Board of Rabbis.

For more information and to register, please head to .  
Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2020
Mar. 24–Apr. 7, 2020

Visit Jacob Burns Film Center for more information.
Documentary: Robbery of the Heart
Sunday April 19th at 3:00pm at Chappaqua Performing Arts Center
Filmmaker Micah Brandt follows a Holocaust survivor from Connecticut as he returns to his home town Wetter, Germany on the occasion of the 70 th anniversary of Kristallnacht.
The town is honoring the remaining Holocaust survivors and their families by rededicating the old synagogue as a cultural center for learning and understanding. To learn more about this film, click here.
Q & A with filmmaker will follow.
Cosponsor: Town of New Castle


Get involved at the JCC Maccabi Campus Games being held this summer in Westchester. This year's event will be based at Pace University from August 9th to August 14th, 2020. The Games are presented by the JCC Association of North America in coordination with our Westchester and environs communities. Jewish athletes 13-16 years old can join their local team. Adults 18+ can sign up to volunteer. For more information, check out campus games or 212-786-5128 or contact the Council office.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
For more information, visit or call 646-490-3383
Mazal Tov to :

Debbie and Steve Young , Council Board Member, on the birth of their grandson.

Rabbi Annie Tucker on her upcoming installation this Shabbat as Senior Rabbi, Temple Israel Center of White Plains.

Bob and Ellen Salant (Council Board Member) on being honored at the annual Temple Israel Center of White Plains Gala.

DOROT is looking for high school students to participate in their chess program which connects students to seniors in the community.

For more information, call (914)485-8354 or visit .
Between now and March 11, American Jews can vote in the US election for the World Zionist Congress, the global “parliament of the Jewish people.” In this election,15 slates, comprised of over 1,800 candidates, are vying for 152 American seats at the Congress. Thank you to the American Zionist Movement (AZM), a Council member organization, for their work.

Encourage your community to vote and to learn more about this at

Girls Jewish Basketball Tournament

Check out Westchester's first ever girls only league. The games will take place on Sundays in March. This is for high school grade levels.

I  f interested, click here to complete the form by 2/29.

If you have any questions, please email

Westchester Jewish Council Teen Organizations include:
Thank you to the Jewish Education Project for working so closely with our Teen professionals and volunteers!
Young Judaea Sprout Westchester: Day Camp Director Position
The Director of Young Judaea Sprout Westchester is a member of the Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake leadership, and professional team. The position offers an unprecedented opportunity for an innovative, dynamic, charismatic leader to develop a day camp from the ground up. The Director is responsible for building a quality program through the Young Judaea pluralistic model. Director oversees all camp operations, leads the process of camper recruitment, communicates with families, hires and develops the leadership team and counselors, and markets camps’ programs. The director will be expected to manage all fiscal accountability. Candidate should have a minimum of a BA but a MA is preferred, significant experience in camping and passionate connection to their Jewish identity. Position is full time year round and comes with excellent benefits package.

Forward resumes for consideration to:

If you have a job listing to share, please email .

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The next Community Connection will be published on or about March 12, 2020.