April 3, 2020
Checking back, looking ahead
Local rabbis talk about the last few weeks and offer advice about how to handle Passover this year

It’s been just about three weeks since our world changed. Since we were told to stay inside, away from each other, to flatten the curve to save lives, either our own or other people’s. To connect emotionally through the suspension of physical connection. Since we were told to pay attention to the science.
Monsey stabbing victim dies; Cuomo names hate bill in his memory

The victim most seriously injured in the stabbing attack at a rabbi’s home in Monsey in late December has died.

Josef Neumann had been in a coma from the time of the attack to his death on Sunday. He was 72.
RJFS offers help

Although its physical office is closed, Rockland Jewish Family Service remains open. The staff is working hard to ensure that it can continue to provide its services with as little disruption as possible. If you now receive mental health therapy, food pantry packages, social skills training, or case management services, RJFS will be in touch with you about how to continue the care while following social distancing protocols to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Counseling services for both new and established clients is offered by telephone and telehealth. RJFS is in-network with many commercial insurance plans as well as with Medicare.

If you are in need of services, call (845) 354-2121, ext.140, email reception@rjfs.org, or go to  rjfs.org .
Nanuet Hebrew Center’s best brei

Last month, the Nanuet Hebrew Center men’s club multitasked. If ran a matzah brei cook-off competition the same morning as offered the World Wide Wrap, an international Federation of Jewish Men’s Club program that showcases the mitzvah of wearing tefillin. The busy morning also included a fundraiser with a tricky tray raffle, vendors, and a football pool trophy award ceremony; the funds are to replace the shul’s sukkah, which was destroyed in a wind storm last Sukkot.
Rockland Federation offers Zoom help
Barry Kanarek is offering online classes in how to use Zoom for the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County. Zoom is the video and audio conferencing platform that you can use in business or to keep in touch with your family, no matter where they are.

Cantor Kanarek’s Zoom practice sessions will run Monday to Thursday, from 2 to 2:30 p.m. To join a practice session by computer, tablet, or smart phone, go to  zoom.us/j/744167229

To join by phone, dial 1-929-205-6099, then enter meeting ID 744 167 229 plus # from your phone when you’re prompted.

For more information, email Cantor Kanarek at bkanarek@jewishrockland.org
September Rockland race to honor Holocaust victims
The Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education is hosting “Run for The Six.” The community run and walk is set for Sunday, September 13, at 9:30 a.m., at the Rockland Community College track and field, 145 College Road in Suffern. Registration begins at 9.

The group will walk six laps on the RCC track or run a 5K around the campus together to remember the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The day’s proceeds will benefit meaningful social and educational programs for Holocaust survivors and school-aged children.

For updates, registration information, and sponsorship opportunities, go to  holocauststudies.org/runwalk.html .
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