June 12, 2020
ROCKLAND STORIES
NHC journal awards has virtual ceremony

The Nanuet Hebrew Center held its annual awards ceremony and reception online on May 31.

Congregants, family, friends, and others from the community supported the online journal dedicated in memory of Leo Karpfen. Honorees included the congregants and clergy who chant and read the haftorah. Gary Siepser, the chief executive officer of the Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland, received the Stanley Blumenthal community service award. For more information, go to  nanuethc.org .
Bake challah with the Challah Fairy

Chanalee Fischer Schlisser of Pomona — her friends first called her the “Challah Fairy” 30 years ago, and the nickname stuck — hosts a fun morning baking workshop on Zoom on Thursday, June 18, at 10:30 a.m., for Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey. Participants will get a list of Ingredients and instructions when they register. (Chanalee also runs a café in New City.)
Register at jfnnj.org/virtualevents . For more information, email Marin at MarinC@jfnnj.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/walk, which will follow CDC guidelines, is planned 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.
Rockland’s Hillel heroes
Students recount their covid stories for essay contest

You might say that Jordan Katz was born to be a Hillel Hero.
Mr. Katz, 19, was one of three students at the Rockland Hillel to earn $100 for an essay describing their service during the covid crisis.

A native of Monsey who studies nursing at Rockland Community College, Mr. Katz is an emergency medical technician with Ramapo Valley Ambulance Corps in Suffern.
Beha’alotcha: What makes a good leader?

During the long days of these times, the one constant in each day is when I tune into Governor Cuomo’s morning press conference. I find that his reliance on facts and his faith that people will do the right thing are calming in a time of anxiety, and I have found myself reflecting on what it takes to be a leader in difficult times.

In Pirke Avot, Rabbi Ben Bag-Bag taught about the Torah, “Turn it and turn it, everything is in it.” Each year we read the same parashah, and each year we see something different in it — a reflection of where we ourselves are at that particular time. And so, I turn to this week’s parashah, looking at it through the filter of leadership.
COMMUNITY EVENTS
Jewish Film Festival: Hate Among Us
JUNE 28-30, 7:30PM
HATE AMONG US depicts unique perspectives on anti-Semitism from young and old alike, from Jew and non-Jew, from within historic Jewish neighborhoods in Europe, to the streets of Charlottesville and Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue massacre.
Jewish Film Festival: Crescendo
JUNE 29-JULY 1, 7:30PM
When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck (Peter Simonischek, Toni Erdmann) accepts the job to create an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, he is quickly drawn into a tempest of sheer unsolvable problems.
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