September 11, 2020
Coming to a Zoom Session Near You:
Adult Jewish Education…Your Way

Rockland Federation’s Adult Jewish Education…Your Way fall semester is open for registration. Classes start September 30 and October 1. It's not too early to sign up for classes. Our stellar teachers are ready to greet you...on Zoom. 
Preaching the controversy
New website and podcast aims to discuss — if not solve — Orthodoxy’s tough issues

When a new podcast promised an interview with the writer Shulem Deen, I wasn’t surprised. I had heard the author, whose memoir “All Who Go Do Not Return” chronicled his exodus from a Rockland County chasidic sect, on another podcast. He’s a good interview subject, with an interesting story to tell.

But as I dug deeper into 18Forty, the podcast, I was surprised to find that its creator is an Orthodox rabbi.
Pandemic holidays
Local rabbis talk about their High Holy Day plans

We’ve been living with this coronavirus pandemic for a long time now. It feels like forever, in its oddly timeless way, but in reality it’s been more than half a year.

It happened in the lumpen end of winter in the civil calendar, but it’s easier to trace in Jewish time. It started at Purim — some shuls went on with their Purimspeils and services, but most canceled their parties. Stores and offices started to close down around then.
Fighting with love
Multiracial rabbi with deeply American story to talk before Selichot for the New City Jewish Center

Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein comes from an enormously complicated background — he grew up Chabad in Monsey, his father is a white baal teshuva, his mother is a biracial Jew by choice whose ancestors include both enslaved Africans and white Southerners who fought in both the Revolution and the Civil War (on the right side in one of those conflicts and the wrong side in the other).

He’s a wildly creative, idea-erupting, fast-talking 31-year-old modern Orthodox Jew; he got married to Leah Gottfried, who created “Soon By You” in a marvelously hipster wedding chronicled in glorious detail in the New York Times’ Vows section. He also has staid Jewish organization-world credentials; he’s the rabbinic scholar and public affairs advisor for the Jewish Federations of North America.
Shofar blowing in Rockland

The Jewish Federation & Foundation and the Rockland Board of Rabbis are collaborating so everyone can hear the sound of the shofar that welcomes the new year. Shofar blowing began on rosh chodesh Elul at Hillel of Rockland with Rabbi Dov Oliver. It will continue through the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. At each location, the shofar will be blown at 9 a.m.; you’re asked to arrive between 8:45 and 9. There will be volunteers to greet and direct cars and community members will be reminded to wear masks, remain six feet apart and/or stay by their cars. Please adhere to the rules of the host synagogue. The first 30 cars will be allowed entry on each day.

This is the schedule: Sunday, September 13, Congregation Sons of Israel, Rabbi Ariel Russo; Wednesday, September 16, Orangetown Jewish Center, Rabbi Craig Scheff; Wednesday, September 23, Nanuet Hebrew Center, Rabbi Paul Kurland; and Friday, September 25, Montebello Jewish Center, Rabbi Josh Finkelstein. For more information, email Cantor Barry Kanarek at
Stefanik speaks
7 p.m., Thurs. 9/17

Stefanik speaks: Rep. Elise Stefanik, upstate New York Republican who was the youngest woman elected to Congress in 2014, talks about education, women’s empowerment, and the fight against anti-Semitism on Zoom for Rockland’s Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education’s next virtual Women’s Circle event, 7 p.m. or (845) 574-4099.
SEP 13, 9AM
Run in memory of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and the millions of others
SEP 13, 10:30AM
Community fundraiser to support JCC Rockland
Orangetown Jewish Center Annual Gala
SEPT 13, 4PM
The Orangetown Jewish Center will honor Rabbi and Nancy Scheff for their 25 years of service
HMCTE Women circle event
SEP 17, 7PM
Empowering Women Through Unity and Philanthropy
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