October 25, 2019
Havdalah is the key inflection point that helps kids, and adults, with change
Tishrei was a whirlwind of holidays. With the exhaustion of so many holidays, there is also great joy and lots of opportunities to create memories. Once we begin the month of Cheshvan, there can be a lull in rituals, holiday meals, and gatherings. The richness of the holidays goes from all to nothing. Cheshvan, often called Marcheshvan — mar means bitter — likely gets its name from the absence of holidays following the full holiday season in Tishrei. It can be challenging to find new opportunities to create meaningful Jewish experiences as individuals and as parents.
From Victory Garden to congregational project
Synagogue cultivates a satisfying way of giving to the community

Three years ago, Tamara Duker Freuman of Nyack came up with a plan for a synagogue vegetable garden that would serve at least three purposes — enable her congregation to contribute to the community, provide much needed food to a local pantry, and instill a sense of pride in synagogue members. It has fulfilled — and exceeded — all those expectations.
RJFS receiving a $7,500 grant

The Harold Greenspoon Foundation will send a $7,500 grant to Rockland Jewish Family Service in recognition of those who have signed up for its Life and Legacy program. By making a commitment to remember RJFS with a gift in wills, trusts, retirement accounts, or life insurance policies, those friends have helped to ensure the future of RJFS, as they help people with mental illness, hunger, special needs, and much more. 

For more information, email Kathryn Samalin at ksamalin@rjfs.org .
Rockland back-to-school drive helps 60 students with supplies

With generous community support, Rockland Jewish Family Service sent more than 60 children to school with basic supplies and some fun items that they were able to choose themselves. The RJFS drive is an annual event that aims to make an easier transition to school for families in need.
Lillian’s Café takes the spotlight

It was lights, cameras, action as Lillian’s Cafe at the Rockland JCC was part of a segment on NBC’s “Today in New York” last month. Reporter Jen Maxfield interviewed café patrons Michele Koenig and Maria Dowling of RJFS and baristas Scott Edelheit, Nick DeStefano, and Mark Reznik. The television spot highlighted the immense need for on-the-job training for adults with autism and gave tribute to the wonderful work being done by RJFS and the Cafe.
#ShowUpForShabbat at Temple Beth Sholom
Friday, Oct 25 , 7:30PM-9:30PM
Temple Beth Sholom, New City
Sunday, Oct 27 , 9:30AM-6PM
Friday, Nov 1 , 11AM-1PM
JCC Rockland
Friday, Nov 1 , 6PM-8PM
Temple Beth Sholom, New City
Saturday, Nov 2
Sunday, Nov 3 , 8:30AM-11:15AM
New City Jewish Center, New City
Jewish Community Campus Capital Campaign Kickoff Dessert Reception
Sunday, Nov 3. 7PM-8:30PM
Tuesday, Nov 5 , 7:30PM-9:30PM
Private home, New City
Wednesday , Nov 6, 11AM-4PM
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