June 21, 2019
‘Not vaccinating is not a Torah value’
As measles outbreak continues, community works to understand and counter anti-vaxxer arguments

As of last week, there were 266 confirmed cases of measles in Rockland County.
According to the county’s health department, they’re “presently clustered in eastern Ramapo (New Square, Spring Valley, Monsey).”
Those are chasidic enclaves.
Rockland Federation honors 2 for service, offers a vision at its annual meeting
On Monday, an overflow crowd attended Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland County’s annual meeting. It was made up of federation supporters and families and friends of the honorees. Lisa Green, who completed her tenure as federation co-president, was feted for her philanthropic and volunteer support and her vision. Speakers talked about Ms. Green’s efforts to strengthen synagogue life by launching the Rockland Jewish Initiative, which led to more than 300 families and individuals joining one of Rockland’s 11 Conservative, Reform, and unaffiliated congregations. Ms. Green also was among the earliest backers of Gary Siepser’s Community Weaving initiative, which broke down institutional silos and expanded the role of the Rockland Federation. 
Rockland Holocaust Center hears a talk by Dr. Deborah Lipstadt
The Holocaust Museum and Center for Tolerance and Education hosted talk with historian and professor Deborah Lipstadt. Those who attended heard her discuss “Why anti-Semitism is Thriving in America.” Dr. Lipstadt signed copies of her latest book, “Anti-Semitism: Here and Now.”
Israel and American Jews need synchronization

This week, a couple who belong to my congregation returned from a trip to Israel.
In itself, this is not an extraordinary event, traveling to Israel in our day, but it always is an extraordinary experience. I find it exhilarating to hear from congregants and friends about their experiences in Israel, and this time was no different. The tales of this couple’s travels, what they saw, who they met, what they did, and what they learned, was so wonderful that I asked them to share some thoughts with the congregation.
Broadway songs in New City
The New City Jewish Center offers “Broadway Sings America” on Sunday, June 30, at 2 p.m.; doors open at 1:30. The performance is presented by congregant Nancy Feldman and the award-winning Bergen County Players, a repertory company based in Oradell. It’s a celebration of Independence Day and will include classics from the American musical theater songbook. 

A dessert reception will following the performance. For more information email the event organizer, Fran Satran, at fransatran@gmail.com . The New City Jewish Center is at 47 Old Schoolhouse Road, New City, N.Y. For more information, call (845) 638-9600 or go to   NewCityJC.org .
Tuesday, June 25 , 5:45PM-9:45PM
Beth Am Temple, Pearl River
Tuesday, Jul 2 , 5:45PM-9:45PM
Beth Am Temple, Pearl River
Wednesday, Jul 3 , 11AM - 12:00PM
Rockland Jewish Family Service, West Nyac k
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