August 28, 2020
Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County
invites you to experience its first virtual event of 5781:

Looking Back/Moving Forward
Thursday, September 10, 7 p.m.

Join Us! Thursday, September 10 7 pm online where, from the comfort of your home you will see how, over the last six months, Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County and Rockland County’s Jewish community navigated COVID’s uncharted waters and kept the community together. You will see how we worked to help those among us who are most vulnerable. We’ll look at four of the most important areas: food insecurity, caring for the kids, continuing the fight against anti-Semitism, and the ways in which the community was kept together. 

Looking forward to seeing you there! 
Elul — the connectedness of it all

Concatenation: a series of interconnected things or events.

I savor new vocabulary words and was delighted by the need to look up “concatenation” when I read it in a recent essay by Susan Weidman Schneider, editor in chief of Lilith Magazine. It makes sense to consider the broad expanse of frightening, difficult upheavals in our world as interconnected. It certainly alleviates some anxiety. Could it be that our situation is not like a piece of fabric stretched too tight, becoming thin at the center and unraveling at the edges? Maybe world events are actually contained in one web of concatenated experience.
Being part of a larger Jewish family
Montebello Jewish Center, Nanuet Hebrew Center merge religious schools, youth groups

It takes just 10 minutes to drive between the Montebello Jewish Center and the Nanuet Hebrew Center in Rockland County. And now the two Conservative synagogues will be closer than ever.

They have decided to merge their religious schools and youth groups.
Holocaust museum’s virtual race will honor victims of Shoah

The Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education’s third annual “Run for The Six” is now virtual. During the week of September 6 to 13, participants can walk or run anytime, anywhere, and anyplace to remember Holocaust victims, honor local survivors, and unite the community virtually against anti-Semitism and hate. Before the pandemic, the run had been planned for September 13 at Rockland Community College.
Shofar blowing in Rockland

Jewish Federation & Foundation and the Rockland Board of Rabbis are collaborating so everyone can hear the sound of the shofar that welcomes the new year. Shofar blowing began on rosh chodesh Elul, at Hillel of Rockland, with Rabbi Dov Oliver. It will continue through the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. At each location, the shofar blowing will take place at 9 a.m.; arrival is requested between 8:45 and 9. There will be volunteers to greet and direct cars and community members will be reminded to wear masks, remain six feet apart, and/or stay by their car. Please adhere to the rules of the host synagogue. The first 30 cars will be allowed entry on each day.

This is the schedule: Friday, September 4, Reform Temple of Rockland, Rabbi Ben Sharff; Sunday, September 13, Congregation Sons of Israel, Rabbi Ariel Russo; Wednesday, September 16, Orangetown Jewish Center, Rabbi Craig Scheff; Wednesday, September 23, Nanuet Hebrew Center, Rabbi Paul Kurland; and Friday, September 25, Montebello Jewish Center, Rabbi Josh Finkelstein.

For more information, email Cantor Barry Kanarek at
Looking Back - Moving Forward
SEPT 10, 7PM
During a short sixty minutes, you will hear, from the comfort of your home, how over the last five months Federation and Rockland County’s Jewish community navigated COVID’s uncharted waters. You will see how, together, we worked to help those among us who are most vulnerable.
SEP 13, 9AM
Run in memory of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and the millions of others
SEP 13, 10:30AM
Community fundraiser to support JCC Rockland
HMCTE Women circle event
SEP 17, 7PM
Empowering Women Through Unity and Philanthropy
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