The Westchester Jewish Council's
Community Connection

 Your bi-weekly and every so often e-newsletter

February 6, 2020 11 Shevat 5780


Thank you for the tremendous community support that made this year's Gala a record success! Special thanks to honorees David A. Alpert, Arlene Kleinberg, and Daniel, David and Saul and Fran Singer, our host Temple Israel Center , catering by Foremost Caterers, flowers by House of Flowers, spirits by Skyview Wine and Liquor, music by Rock Mitzvah , and comedy by Corey Kahaney . The community support of the Gala builds community and funds over half of the annual operating budget of the Council. We thank each of our donors!

Next on the Council calendar, besides many signature Council Roundtables, is the 25th annual Julian Y. Bernstein Distinguished Service Awards Ceremony being held on March 17th. This is a very special event in which we honor community members for their dedication to the Jewish community. Read below for more details.

The holiday of Tu Bishvat, (The New Year for Trees) which will be observed on Monday, February 10th, celebrates the emergence of the earliest blooming trees in Israel. Enjoy some fruit in honor of this holiday, read on to find out more about local events and realize that the cold and dark winter months are giving way to the light and warmth of spring. So too is our Jewish community gearing up for a season of unity, hope and brightness. Let's all join and celebrate our unity!
Shabbat Shalom.

Lisa Roberts, President
Lori Kurlander, Communications Manager
Elliot Forchheimer, CEO

(The Council is financially supported by donations from individuals,
dues from 135 member organizations and grant support from UJA-Federation)
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Silver Anniversary
25th Annual Julian Y. Bernstein
Distinguished Service Awards Ceremony
Join us on Tuesday, March 17th at Temple Israel Center, White Plains at 7:30pm as we honor 22 individuals for their outstanding dedication to the Westchester Jewish community. In recognition of the Silver Anniversary of the awards, we will also be honoring Donald J. Fleishaker who was the recipient of a first DSA Award in 1998.

This event is free and all are welcome. Reservations requested.
If you would like to make a contribution in honor of one of the evening's honorees,
please click here .
Anti-Semitism, A Different Conversation with Bari Weiss

Temple Israel Center, White Plains
from 6:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. VIP Reception with Meet and Greet with Bari Weiss
and 7:30 P.M. – 8:45 P.M. Program

$360 • VIP Reception and Program Ticket with Reserved Program Seating
$36 • General Admission Program Ticket
To register , visit
For any questions, contact Emily Posner at or 646.388.7504.

This event's partners are Temple Israel Center and Westchester Jewish Council.
The 44th Westchester Jewish Council Gala was a marvelous evening attended by hundreds of community members, dozens of elected officials, a band and a comedian. Thank you to all who came out for this celebration!
If you are interested in listening to the honorees speeches, click here .
Thank you to all the donors that helped us raise the funds necessary to continue the Council's mission of connecting the community.
The Westchester Poverty Symposium which was sponsored by (914)cares was held on January 29th. The event focused on developing solutions to disrupt the cycle of poverty. The Council was honored to be able to attend.
Westchester District Attorney, Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr.'s website included an article about his recent address at the Fighting Anti-Semitism event in early January. Click here to read more. Thank you to the District Attorney and all our partners in law enforcement in fighting hate crimes.
On January 30th, Council leadership attended Governor Cuomo's conference on Combating Hate Through Enhanced Security at the Javitz Center in NYC. Mazal tov to our friend and colleague Rabbi Michael Miller of the JCRC of NY who gave an invocation.

Westchester Jewish Council
Upcoming C ommunity Roundtables
(The Council thanks the hundreds of people that dedicate time to attend our Roundtables-
a signature initiative of the Council often sponsored with wonderful partners from among our member organizations)
Thank you to Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester-Rye (Council member synagogue) for hosting the Westchester Volunteer Leadership Roundtable which was held on February 5th . Also, thank you to presenters Miriam Arond , Marketing & Communications Director, WJCS and Katie Schlientz , Social Media Director, Westchester Jewish Center and to WJCouncil Board Member Jessica Morgenthal for moderating.
Upcoming Council Roundtables:
 Synagogue Executive Directors - Feb 6th, 2020
Synagogue Presidents+1 - February 25, 2020

Coming soon...
Seniors/Grandparents Roundtable

Contact the Council office at (914) 328-7001 for information on these and other Roundtables--a key offering of the Westchester Jewish Council.

Please look out for the most updated schedule of dates in upcoming newsletters and on our website.
Westchester Annual Celebration 2020
Thursday, March 5, 2020 • 6:30 pm

Join us on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at the Capitol Theatre for a fun and fabulous evening as we celebrate the impact of UJA-Federation of New York in Westchester and two outstanding couples, Honorees Rikki and Barry Kaplan and Young Leadership Awardees Allison and Ben Friedland

In the spirit of Purim, key up for an exciting and unique evening of strolling entertainers, a bountiful buffet and luscious libations, followed by the lively music of Shake Rattle & Roll dueling pianos. Details.
Young At Heart
Young families from our Larchmont/Mamaroneck and Harrison/Purchase communities gathered at Sarah Neuman, The New Jewish Home’s Westchester campus, on Sunday, January 26 to spread joy to the residents. Our next visit is on Sunday March 29 - please contact Amanda J Garfinkle, g for more info.

To learn more about upcoming events, please click here.
visit the full Community Calendar at
Judaism's Gifts to the World
(How Major Jewish Ideas Have Become Universal Values)

Join Chabad of the Rivertowns for a six week Monday session of learning beginning on February 3rd. Judaism's Gifts to the World  is an in-depth exploration of the most notable values and attitudes that the Jews have successfully shared with humanity.
The cost is $109 which includes a textbook.

For more information, call (914)963-6100 or email
An Evening with David G. Marwell
Join the New Castle Holocaust & Human Rights Committee and Horace Greely's Student Club E.N.O.U.G.H. for this special event with David. G. Marwell, author of the book "Mengele, Unmasking the Angel of Death" on February 25th at 7:00pm at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center, 480 Bedford Road, Chappaqua, NY.

This event is free, but RSVP is required to or .
Join Woodlands Community Temple on Saturday, March 21st at 8pm at the Eleventh Annual Jonah Maccabee Concert celebrating the life of Jonah Maccabee Dreskin who passed away suddenly in 2009. This concert will feature contemporary Jewish musicians Elana Arian and Chava Mirel.

Purchase tickets here or 914-592-7070.
Mosaic Pride Passover
Sunday, March 22 from 3-5pm
Scarsdale Tremont Synagogue
We welcome our LGBTQ Jewish community and allies of all ages to experience a variety of LGBTQ themed activities you can share at a seder.  Click here for more info and to register.  
Join us at Hadar’s Westchester Learning Intensive on March 29-31, 2020 at Temple Israel Center. This is a remarkable opportunity to spend three days immersed in Torah study in preparation for Pesah. Connect with the Westchester community and Hadar faculty including Rabbi Shai Held, Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, Rabbi Avi Killip, and Rabbi Aviva Richman. For adults of all ages who are looking for deep Jewish learning. We welcome participants from across the denominational spectrum, and from all Jewish educational backgrounds.

We hope that you will join us for this incredible week of learning. This program is brought to you in partnership with the Westchester Jewish Council and the Westchester Board of Rabbis.

For more information and to register, please head to .  
United Way Westchester is presenting the day-long Nonprofit Leadership Summit 2020 on Monday May 4, 2020. Keynote speakers include Richard Brown, Vice President of Philanthropy American Express, US and Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, Co-Director, Building Managment Project and Co-Author, The Race to Lead Report.

The Council is honored to be represented on the event planning committee.

Get involved at the JCC Maccabi Campus Games being held this summer in Westchester. This year's event will be based at Pace University from August 9th to August 14th, 2020. The Games are presented by the JCC Association of North America in coordination with our Westchester and environs communities. Jewish athletes 13-16 years old can join their local team. Adults 18+ can sign up to volunteer. For more information, check out campus games or 212-786-5128 or contact all the Council office.
Mazal Tov to :

Westchester Jewish Council Gala honorees David A. Alpert, Arlene Kleinberg, and Daniel, David and Saul Singer. Congratulations to the auction and raffle winners - Betsy Bernstein (WJC Board Member) and Keith Satter, Martine (Honorary WJC Director) and Stanley Fleishman, Andrew Jagoda, Rabbi Joshua Lookstein, Mark Reisman, Richard Spitz
(WJC Board Member) and Roy Stillman.

" By  failing  to  prepare you  are  preparing to fail" B. Franklin
If you would like more information or to make a donation to our security fund p lease click  here . As always, please report any security concerns immediately to your local Police Department and then to the Council for follow up.

Please send any security questions/concerns to
Nationwide Education Survey -
Help to spread the word to educators in Westchester County
The Jewish Education Project (a member organization) is pleased to announce the launch of the On the Journey survey about the experiences of Jewish educators! Nassau and Westchester counties together have been selected as  one of eight communities across the United States chosen as site s for this flagship study, sponsored by CASJE and carried out by Rosov Consulting, that seeks to better understand the career trajectories of Jewish educators.

This survey will be open until February 14 , and we need your help to reach as many Jewish educators as possible .
Click here to access the survey and share it with any Jewish Educators in Westchester or Nassau County.

 If you have any questions or concerns about our community’s involvement in this study, contact
Between now and March 11, American Jews can vote in the US election for the World Zionist Congress, the global “parliament of the Jewish people.” In this election,15 slates, comprised of over 1,800 candidates, are vying for 152 American seats at the Congress. Thank you to the American Zionist Movement (AZM), a Council member organization, for their work on the elections.

Encourage your community to vote and to learn more about this at

The  StandWithUs High School Internship (Council member organization) is a year-long internship for high school juniors and seniors. The goal of the program is to prepare students, who are already passionate about Israel, to be leaders for Israel in their current communities and on their future college campuses. Students are flown to Los Angeles for training conferences, where they hear from experts in Israel education, they are mentored throughout the year in Israel education and leadership tools, they are executing Israel programs for their peers via different social and academic outlets, they are starting pro-Israel clubs in schools, but most importantly, they become part of a national network of teens all committed to Israel activism. For more information about the program, check out our website at .
Michele Gregson, a WJC Board Member, engages the Westchester Jewish Women's community with her Facebook Group. You can follow her at JWOW on Facebook.
There has been a great interest in the daily Talmud study of a page - Daf daily. This project is called Daf Yomi - daily Daf. Our friend Rabbi Shmuel Greenberg , noted Rabbi and teacher from White Plains, and Rabbi of the Young Israel of White Plains and faculty at Westchester Hebrew High School is streaming the daily Daf into everyone's home at 10:00 pm every night. The session is about 45 minutes. To receive recorded sessions please feel free to email:

The link information is:

meeting ID:886 192 2357
dial 19292056099,,8861922357#US(New York)
Dial by Location 19292056099 US(New York)
BIG NEWS: Westchester Synagogue to Offer Day School Grants - Incentive Fund to Offset Costs Seen as Novel.
Click here to read this article.
Tali Orad, a member of the community as well as an individual who cares for our planet, shared an article with us about the Jewish point of view of Tu Bishvat and the importance of trees. To read her article, click here .
Mosaic Teen Group for Jewish LGBTQ Teens & Allies in 8 th -12 th grade.
Click here for more information about upcoming events.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Abby Reiken at (914) 946-8851.  

Westchester Jewish Council Teen Organizations include:
Areyvut , BBYO , CTeen The Jewish Education Project , J-Teen Leadership , Moving Traditions , NCSY NFTY , Young Judaea USY Thank you to the Jewish Education Project for working so closely with our Teen professionals and volunteers!
The YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood is looking for a Jewish Life Director. Click here for more details about this job opening.

If you have a job listing to share, please email .

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The next Community Connection will be published on or about February 20, 2020.