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June 18, 2020 27 Sivan 5780
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Hello!

Please join us tonight for a very special county wide Memorial Service, "Walking in the Shadow: Healing Together as a Greater Westchester Jewish Community. " This ceremony will include the reading of names of those who have died during these past few months. Thank you again to the Westchester Board of Rabbis for the leadership on this program and to our partner organizations-Kol Hazzanim-The Cantors of Westchester, UJA-Federation, WJCS and the Council.

Pride Month is going strong. Visit the "Programming" section below to find out about several upcoming events in the Westchester area.

This weekend marks the start of summer. Lets enjoy each moment and cherish each other and our community. And remember to vote if eligible.

Shabbat Shalom.
Sincerely,

Lisa Roberts, President
Lori Kurlander, Communications Manager
Elliot Forchheimer, CEO
WESTCHESTER JEWISH COUNCIL

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dues from 136 member organizations and generous grant support from UJA-Federation)
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WESTCHESTER JEWISH COUNCIL UPCOMING EVENTS
PLEASE JOIN US THIS EVENING FOR A
SPECIAL COMMUNITY WIDE PROGRAM
"Walking in the Shadow: Healing Together as a Greater Westchester Jewish Community"

This county-wide memorial service will honor all those lost during the pandemic. It will take place on Thursday, June 18th from 7 pm - 8 pm.

Pre-registration required in advance -


For more details, contact helene@wjcouncil.org or click on the flyer.
The Westchester Jewish Council is proud to present with
our member organization, "The Israel Policy Forum" -
"Potential Ramifications of West Bank Annexation: What's at Stake and What Lies Ahead?"
Join us on Wednesday, June 24 at 1pm
. Please register in advance for this webinar:
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Michael Koplow is the Policy Director of the Israel Policy Forum. He writes Israel Policy Forum’s weekly Koplow Column and edits the Israel Policy Exchange, which is a leading source for commentary and analysis on Israel and American Jewry, and his work regularly appears in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Atlantic, and the Forward, among other publications. In addition to his Ph.D., he holds a B.A. from Brandeis University, a J.D. from New York University, and an A.M. in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University.
**THIS SUNDAY**
Celebrate Israel Parade
June 21st 1pm EST
The 2020 Virtual Celebrate Israel Parade will have a theme of Todah (thank you in Hebrew). Join us in thanking all the healthcare, first responder and other frontline workers.

The Virtual Celebrate Israel Parade will premiere here Sunday, June 21st at 1 pm Eastern time!
 #CelebrateIsrael #TogetherAtHome #TodahFrontlineHeroes
WESTCHESTER COUNCIL LOOKS BACK
Thank you to all who attended the Council's Annual Meeting last week. We would like to take a moment to welcome the Council's newest Board Members and of course the entire Board of Directors for 2020-2021.
Introducing the New Council Board Members
Melissa Baer
Lawrence Engle
Karen Everett
Holly Rosen Fink
Aaron Fleishaker
Rabbi Howard Goldsmith
Jeffrey Kapelus
Mitchell Ostrove
Karen Rosenfeld
Stuart Skolnick
Ann Tourk
Giselle (Gigi) Weissman
Bruce Wexler
Jamie Schaefer-Wilson
Nancy Zaro
WESTCHESTER COUNTY GOVERNMENT NEWS
CULTURAL HERITAGE CELEBRATIONS
STATUS UPDATE FOR JUNE 2020

In the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Westchester County Parks’ annual Cultural Heritage Celebrations series has now been cancelled. “We have had to make the decision to cancel all of the ethnic festivals that we had scheduled for this year. These festivals are fabulous - they involve food, music, vendors and dance from all different ethnicities - and are always packed."

(Look for the return of the annual Jewish Music and Arts Festival in August 2021)

To read the full press release, please click here .
SOME STATEMENTS/RESOURCES
 ON RACISM AND RACIAL JUSTICE
Justice Brandeis Law Society (council member) issued a statement in support of social and racial justice. Please click here to read the statement in its entirety.
Please click here for a compilation of racial justice and equity resources across a variety of media—from curricula to podcasts—intended to help you educate yourself and your community. Please note that this is a work in progress, and we will continue to update it. Please send any additional resources you would like to see included to Tammy Gilden at tgilden@thejcpa.org. 
The document below is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now. Feel free to circulate this document on social media and with your friends, family, and colleagues.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-VlBO-QgirITwCTugSfKie5Fs/preview?pru=AAABcnuIEEM*dPJVx23bq8g_7-BpenOq4Q
PROGRAMMING AND EVENTS YOU CAN ENJOY FROM HOME
visit the full Community Calendar at www.wjcouncil.org
Temple Beth El of Danbury , CT (Council member) Invites the LGBTQ Community and friends, allies and supporters to join us Friday, June 19th at 7:30 p.m. to celebrate.

If you would like to attend, please contact Suanne Ritchey at suanne.ritcheytbe@gmail.com .
Join Pleasantville Community Synagogue (Council member) on Friday, June 19th at 8pm for Pride Shabbat.

Register in advance to receive Zoom link! https://bit.ly/2UG4RcP .

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Pride month happenings at Hillels of Westchester (Council member) in coordination with Hillel International which are open to anyone who wishes to join! (Thank you Hillel for caring for our college students!)
Thursday, June 18, 7 pm
Adam Eli, how did you become such an incredible queer Jewish activist?
Join activist and author of The New Queer Conscious Adam Eli (IG: @adameli) as he tells the story behind his mission “queer people anywhere are responsible for queer people everywhere” and what that has to do with his Jewish identity (spoiler alert: it has everything to do with his Jewish identity!). There will be an interactive portion of this event where participants can learn how to create online community during these turbulent times.
Tuesday, June 23, 7 pm
A personal perspective on LGBTQ+ life in Israel with Ofer Erez
Ofer Erez will be sharing his personal journey as the first openly transgender officer in the IDF, the former CEO of the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance (and personally coordinating and leading the Jerusalem Pride Marches), and all of the work he has done for the LBTQ+ community in Israel.
Attendees will benefit from a personal story about being part of the LGBTQ+ community in Israel, struggles and successes, and learning about the additional work that needs to be done for Israel to have an equal and just society.
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“How to Fight Antisemitism and Racism.
Experiences from France and the United States.”
Register in advance for this meeting:

This event will be hosted by Larchmont Temple via Zoom. Please make sure you have registered in advance for this meeting -
 Meeting ID: 980 3889 3643, Password: 386880
This event is organized with the support of the Consulate General of France in New York.




Beth El Synagogue Center's  Pride Shabbat features a video address by Nadav Shachmon, Westchester's Israeli shaliach, one of approximately 1,500 emissaries that the Jewish Agency for Israel sends throughout the world to strengthen Jewish identity and connection to Israel. Nadav, who was born and raised in Jerusalem and served as an officer in the IDF medical corps, now lives in White Plains with his husband and their new baby daughter. His video message describes his personal coming out journey and LGBTQ life in Israel. 
All are welcome to attend Congregation Sons of Israel's (Council member) virtual Pride Kabbalat Shabbat Service on June 19th, full of singing and special readings for the occasion. Join us at 6:00pm for schmoozing and community; services begin at 6:30pm

Go to https://www.csibriarcliff.org/csi-online/kabbalat-shabbat- service/ for more information and the Zoom link.
WESTCHESTER JEWISH COUNCIL'S
SECURITY AND SAFETY UPDATE
" By  failing  to  prepare you  are  preparing to fail" B. Franklin
As always and per protocol, 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  security@wjcouncil.org.
UJA-FEDERATION OF NEW YORK IN WESTCHESTER
UJA Volunteer Opportunities - Help from Home
  We created a new way to connect with those in need in our local community through our  Help from Home  initiative. You can also serve our broader community through these  service opportunities .
UJA Community Webinars and Events
Join us for free  webinars  (including a warm, pre-Shabbat community gathering every Friday)   and  virtual events , for both personal and professional use. 
ODDS AND ENDS
Through art and art programs, Artists4Israel helps prevent the spread of anti-Israel prejudice and helps to heal those affected by war and terror. They work with artists that BDS is targeting, getting there before BDS, and setting up a permanent pro-Israel sentiment.

Click here to learn more.
WESTCHESTER JEWISH COUNCIL ROUNDTABLES (ConnecTables)
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)
We will be hosting our roundtables via Zoom in the coming weeks.

Some Upcoming Council Roundtables :

Synagogue Executive Directors- weekly
Greening Roundtable - coming soon
Marketing Roundtable - coming soon

Contact the Council office at (914) 328-7001 for information on these and other Roundtables--a key offering of the Westchester Jewish Council.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE
Mazal Tov to:

Council Board Member, Jen Sokol and her husband Bart on the bar mitzvah of their son, Noah.

Abe Baker-Butler for receiving the prestigious Diller Teen Tikkun Olam award.
WESTCHESTER TEEN SCENE
Westchester Jewish Council Teen Organizations include:
Thank you to the Jewish Education Project for working so closely with our Teen professionals and volunteers!
WESTCHESTER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Director of Early Childhood Education
Congregation Kol Ami
White Plains, NY
The Director of Early Childhood Education is a full-time senior staff member and leader of our early childhood education team. The Director must be a passionate and compassionate educator, creative thinker, enthusiastic collaborator, thoughtful communicator and inspirational leader. This position brings with it tremendous opportunities for professional growth and the opportunity to help shape our community and the future of our children.   Competitive salary based on experience. Employee medical, dental and vision insurance benefits are included.

To apply for this position , please send a cover letter and resume/cv by email with the subject line "ECE Director" to ECEDirectorSearch@nykolami.org  

For a full job description, please click here .
DOROT is hiring a Senior Program Officer of Supportive Services . This position is a member of DOROT’s Senior Management Team and is responsible for ensuring clinical excellence for the seniors we serve and the staff that support them. The ideal candidate is a critical thinker with exceptional management and analytical skills, who has a track record in successfully inspiring and guiding staff through growth and transformation and using data to inform programmatic direction. For more information about this job posting, please click here .

Resumes and cover letters should be sent to Judy Logan, HR Director at jlogan@dorotusa.org and Aelish Sullivan, HR Associate at asullivan@dorotusa.org .

If you have a job listing to share, please email lori@wjcouncil.org .
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The next Community Connection will be published on or about June 25, 2020.