May 24, 2019
R OCKLAND NEWS
‘Democracy, it just works’
Small group of local protestors sparks second shift for Magen David Adom fundraiser
When life hands your breakfast for Israel a competing protest for Palestine, what do you do? Why, you make a lemonade stand for Israel.
At least, that’s how it went down on Teaneck’s Maitland Avenue on Sunday.
The vaxx wars
As a Monsey rally advocates against measles vaccines, local activists push back
As the local measles outbreak continues, and as it remains particularly high in charedi neighborhoods in New York State, particularly in Rockland County, the anti-vaxxing movement continues to stress its opposition to the vaccination that would protect children and their families from the highly contagious, frequently dangerous, more-often-than-never fatal disease .
Holocaust museum benefit in November
The Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education’s annual benefit brunch is set for Sunday, September 15, at 10 a.m. It will honor Judy Josephs. Jules Stern is the the Elie Wiesel Memorial award recipient.

All proceeds will benefit Holocaust and tolerance education programs. For information, call (845) 574-4099, email HolocaustRCC@gmail.com , or go to  holocauststudies.org .
A Memorial Day look at Jewish wartime sermons
By Rabbi Elchanan Weinbach

Each week rabbis are challenged to present their congregants with a meaningful message about the issues of the moment. Often, those issues touch on the over-extended realm of politics.

I am a rabbi who does not discuss politics, and I made that clear before I assumed my position. I generally choose to speak about that which unites, I will not endorse a particular party or politician (that’s illegal anyway), and I model respect for the officers of government (however challenging that has become). Still, three years into my tenure, my congregants know that I consider many topics that are usually labeled “political” as, in fact, religious.
Walk, family fun day to help those with special needs
The Friendship Circle of Rockland’s Friendship 1K walk is on Sunday, June 2, at the Eugene Levy Fieldhouse at Rockland Community College, Suffern . Registration and T-shirt pickup is at 12:30 p.m.; the Hoop Wizard show at 1; the opening ceremony and walk are at 1:30, and the Friendship Fair, with inflatables, rides, train, games, crafts, food, and entertainment, follows.
The day raises crucial funds and community awareness for the Friendship Circle, a nonprofit organization for people with special needs. The college is at 145 College Road. For information, call (845) 368-1889 or go
Learn about your Jewish genes  
Beginning on June 4, the Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland County’s adult education department will offer a four-week course on the basics of Jewish genealogy. The course, which will meet on Wednesdays, will be given by Harriet Grossman Teplitzky. She hopes to debunk some of the myths that have grown up about the difficulty in learning family history in the wake of the Holocaust. Discussions will touch on family trees, vital records, census data, passenger ship lists, and birth, marriage, and death certificates. Tuition for the course is $80. To register, email adulteducation@jewishrockland.org .
Rockland to launch arts newsletter

The Arts Council of Rockland is launching a new collaboration with Rockland Culture, made possible by a grant from Rockland County Tourism, to provide a free weekly arts calendar newsletter. The first issue covers June through October. The newsletter will list offerings over a broad range of arts and cultural events and happenings in Rockland County, including exhibits, film, theater, and original music. For more information, go to  artscouncilofrockland.org .
COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Thursday, May 28 , 5:45PM-9:45PM,
Beth Am Temple, Pearl River

Sunday, June 2 , 9 AM-2PM
Rockland Jewish Campus, West Nyack
Ro ckland Friendship Walk and Family Fun Fair
Sunday, June 2, 12:30PM-4PM
RCC Fieldhouse, Suffern

Tuesday, June 4 , 5:45PM-9:45PM,
Beth Am Temple, Pearl River
Tuesday, June 4 , 7PM-9PM
Private home in New City

Wednesday , June 5, 11AM- 12PM
RJFS, West Nyack
Thursday, June 6 , 6:30PM-8:30PM,
Doubletree by Hilton, Nanuet

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