January 24, 2020
What’s Conservative? What’s Reform?
Joint program will help unite New City congregations

Over the last 10 months, the Nanuet Hebrew Center and Temple Beth Sholom, both in New City, have been working on programs that will draw the two synagogues closer together in advance of their physical partnership.

Physical, because while the two congregations are looking to move in together, they are working toward “a new model that retains their ability to lead separately according to the practices and theology of their separate movements,” we wrote in a story abut the partnership, “Old friends, new paradigms,” on June 12 last year.
What a difference a year can make

What a difference a year makes!

Just one year ago, days before my annual mid-January Yeshiva Week (-and-a-half) trip to Israel, I reflected in these pages on my concerns about my stopover in Zurich and the increasing threat of anti-Semitism in Europe.
Working for change in East Ramapo
It felt like we had come full circle without moving forward at all.
We were asking the New York State legislature for the very same things that we had asked for five years ago. On the other hand, perhaps we needed a reminder that transforming broken systems takes a long time. We have made progress, but we have not reached our goals.
On patrol with Chaverim in Monsey

Eleven days after a man barged into a rabbi’s home on Chanukah here and stabbed five Jews, Josef Margaretten was patrolling this chasidic neighborhood in an SUV marked with police-like insignia and equipped with siren and radio, looking for anything suspicious.
He held his phone to his left ear while his right hand gingerly gripped the steering wheel from below. Next to the gear shift was a switchboard that ran the kind of yellow lights you see on some official vehicles that might be police cars but aren’t. Stenciling on the windshield read “Safety patrol,” and a decal on the side read “911 emergency.”
Remembering the Holocaust
JANUARY 27 , 6:00 PM

The Holocaust Museum Center for Tolerance and Education has an International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration, 6 p.m. Keynote address by Abigail Miller, the museum’s director of education/historian in residence. 145 College Road. (845) 574-4099 or holocaustrcc@gmail.com.
Saturday, Jan 25, 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Montebello Jewish Center, Montebello
Monday, Jan 27, 7:00PM - 9:00PM
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