June 19, 2020
ROCKLAND STORIES
Nyack shul offers women of valor series

Judith Rose begins a series “The True Face of the Woman of Valor — Part 2,” at Congregation Sons of Israel in Nyack. The Zoom class will meet on four Wednesdays — July 1, 8, 15, and 22 — at 1:30 p.m. It is not necessary to have taken part 1. Call Helaine at (845) 358-3767 or email csioffice@optonline.net .
Chesed in a time of coronavirus
Burial society pulls back the curtain on its efforts

Jewish burial societies tend to keep a low profile. Tending to the dead is termed chesed shel emet — a true kindness — because the beneficiary, being dead, cannot reciprocate. It’s not a mitzvah that lends itself to the limelight.

So it was a bit of a surprise when Benjy Spiro spoke with the Jewish Standard on behalf of Chesed Shel Emes, a full-service burial society with global reach.
Parts of America are Broken

I was blessed to grow up in the small town of Bloomfield, Connecticut.

In my mind it was idyllic. In fact, in 1970, the year when I graduated from high school, it was designated an All-American city and was featured in Look magazine for creating a community in which blacks and whites lived so beautifully together. I rarely experienced racism or anti-Semitism. My classmates still marvel at the near perfection of our hometown back then.
Rockland synagogue helps frontline workers

Congregants from the Reform Temple of Rockland performed mitzvot by donating money to the shul’s First Responders Fund, which was launched in April. It delivered more than 200 nutritious meals to the staff at Montefiore Nyack Hospital in Nyack, feeding 25 front line hospital employees on a weekly basis. The synagogue also sent meals to 15 members of the New City Ambulance Corps.
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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