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Quote of the Day

“We Jews have a secret weapon in our struggle with the Arabs -

We have no place to go.”

- Golda Meir

A Letter from the President

New York Metro Region FJMC

Hello Hal,

Since the brutal terror attacks on Israelis on October 7th, gratefully many New York Jews and Jews around the world have come together. Numerous gatherings over these past two weeks, witnessed Jews and

non-Jews alike, across the political and theological spectrum, coming together, both to grieve and to condemn the attacks. It was a show of unity that would have been hard to imagine previously. For the most part, the Jewish community has come together in this time of war.

New York’s Jewish community is the largest outside of Israel. Tens of thousands of New Yorkers have relatives in Israel, when Israel comes under attack, Jewish New Yorkers feel threatened. New York has long had uniquely close emotional bonds with Israel, which strengthen in times of crisis — a relationship forged through the atrocities in Europe that led to the country’s founding and created much of New York’s

Jewish community. Jewish New Yorkers have looked at Israel as an emblem of home and survival in a hostile world.

As President of the Metropolitan Region of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs, I too, represent the voices of our members who identify within many camps in the Jewish community.

We must not remain silent in the face of antisemitism,

whether it be in the workplace,

the college campus, or the streets.

Cowering and hiding makes us weak.

Antisemitism/anti Zionism is one of the same.

Continue to protest, continue to meet, continue to voice your opinions in the press, continue to pray. Israel no doubt will prevail; it’s the hatred that led to these attacks that cannot be condoned, rationalized, or marginalized by society.

With a strong voice, let’s proclaim Dayenu/Enough!

Jewish Lives, Israeli Lives Matter!

Am Yisroel Chai/The People of Israel Live.

In Brotherhood,

Shea Z. Lerner

President, New York Metropolitan Region FJMC


At FJMC, we welcome and encourage feedback as to how you, your synagogue, your communal organization, etc. has mobilized to address the events of the past few weeks. We want you to be heard. We would like to share your thoughts and comments through Gesher.

Email: Lisa Pollack at

New York Metro Region

Jewish Community Stands With Israel

The war continues. Here’s what you need to know:

Almost 500,000 Israelis have been displaced by the war.

JNF-USA is caring for over 15,500 people with

relocation, housing, food and supplies.

Regarding Israel’s North, JNF-USA is in the process

of evacuating 28 communities from the upper Galilee.

JNF-USA is helping to provide support to

over 10,000 IDF lone soldiers and their families.

JNF-USA has provided approximately $10 million

thus far and will need to provide an

additional $5 - $7 million in the coming weeks.

Long-term, $25+ million will be needed for

rebuilding and ongoing therapy for the masses in the Western Negev alone.

Here’s what you can do:

SUPPORT resilience campaign at:

LEAD and galvanize others through a peer-2-peer fundraising page:

Dix Hills Jewish Center is supporting JNF-USA's $10 million Israel Resilience Campaign

  • Providing firefighting and protective equipment to manage the ongoing rocket fire which is destroying homes, farms, infrastructure, and businesses.
  • Evacuating residents from the hardest-hit border communities by arranging transportation and emergency housing.
  • Ensuring that displaced Israelis have all of the supplies they need including bedding, soap and shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, socks, etc.
  • Providing high-quality and tailored psychological treatment for civilians, including children, who have experienced this catastrophe firsthand.
  • Finding and procuring scarce security-related protective equipment

Click here to go to their campaign.

JFNA raises $388m in ‘historic’ campaign

(eJewishPhilanthropy) —The Jewish Federations of North America has raised $388 million toward its $500 million emergency campaign for Israel in the wake of Hamas’ deadly rampage and ensuing war, the organization announced on Tuesday, report eJewishPhilanthropy’s Haley Cohen and Judah Ari Gross.

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

Bring Them Home


ADL in partnership with the Israeli-American Council, is co-sponsoring a rally in solidarity to demand the release of the hostages cruelly held by Hamas. Please join us on Thursday, October 19 at 6 PM in Times Square.

Find the latest ADL crisis coverage and resources; backgrounders on Hamas and extremism; statements from ADL, political leaders and partner organizations; and links to donate to support Israel at Plus, listen to the latest "From the Frontlines" with Regional Director Scott Richman about Brothers and Sisters for Israel here.

Donate Now



In the wake of these heinous terrorist attacks, UJA is mobilizing urgently needed relief for the people of Israel.

Emergency assistance for victims of terror. Critically needed trauma counseling. Care for children in shelters. Supplies for hospitals. Funds to relocate people to safer areas.

The needs are without precedent and mounting every day.

Give now and stand with the people of Israel.

UJA-Federation of N.Y. begins distributing emergency grants, sending millions to southern communities, nonprofits

UJA-Federation of New York has begun distributing $22 million in emergency grants to Israeli nonprofits and initiatives in the wake of the Oct. 7 massacres and ensuing war, the organization announced on Monday.

Click here to read the entire article.

Park Avenue Synagogue

Donate Medical Supplies For Israel

Ongoing / 87th Street 

Park Avenue Synagogue is collecting donations of unused medical supplies on behalf of the AFYA Foundation. Donation bins can be found in the 87th Street lobby.

Click here to see the list of supplies needed.

Israel Crisis

Personal Reflections

Israel Crisis

Personal Reflections

By Steven Mandel MD

Heidi Mandel PhD, LMSW, DPM

October 19, 2023

This past weekend, Heidi and I attended Park Ave Synagogue – Friday evening and Shabbat morning, following a rally at Temple Emanuel and at the UN.

Having watched the news of this senseless trauma for hours with difficulty sleeping, feelings of anger, powerlessness, anxiety and fear, over the events in Israel and we have been overwhelmed by grief. We gathered with our synagogue community in packed houses for comfort, resilience and strength.

On Shabbat morning, our Temple was having 5 Bar/ Bat Mitzvahs and an aufruf. The horrible events would not negate the joy for these families...

Click here to read their full article!

Israeli Singer Ishay Ribo

Toured the IDF Bases

October 13, 2023 concert. Watch the video clip.

Ishay Ribo performs for IDF soldiers on the front lines

Israeli singer-songwriter, Sephardic Orthodox Jew, Ishay Ribo, toured IDF bases in the south, where he performed for the troops participating in Operation Swords of Iron. He has also been visiting the wounded in hospitals.

Mental Health

How to protect your mental health while keeping tabs on the Israel-Hamas war

(CNN) As the situation in Israel and Gaza continues to unfold, many people far from the conflict are nonetheless exposed to countless images, stories and sounds of conflict via television and radio news reports, newspaper and digital stories, and of course social media. And this is taking a toll on all of us, including our children. The American Psychological Association released a statement this week warning that consuming violent and traumatic news can in and of itself negatively affect our mental health.

Click here to read the article!

Know Your Sources

understand the facts from false narratives

One week into the war between Israel and Gaza, social media is inducing a fog of war surpassing previous clashes in the region — one that’s shaping how panicked citizens and a global public view the conflict. The barrage of false images, memes, videos and posts - mostly generated from within the region itself, is making it difficult to access what is real. A flood of misinformation shapes views of the Israel-Gaza War. CAMERA, HonestReporting and the ADL are just three of many reputable news sources.


Founded in 1982, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis (CAMERA) is a media-monitoring, research and membership organization devoted to promoting accurate and balanced coverage of Israel and the Middle East. CAMERA fosters rigorous reporting, while educating news consumers about Middle East issues and the role of the media.

Click here to follow CAMERA.

HONEST REPORTING embraces the principle that a healthy democracy requires a well informed citizenry. Accordingly, the mission of HonestReporting is to ensure truth, integrity and fairness, and to combat ideological prejudice in journalism and the media, as it impacts Israel. We engage the next generation and educate the public to understand and value the above aspirations.

Click here to follow HonestReporting.

ADL is the leading anti-hate organization in the world. Founded in 1913, its timeless mission is “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of antisemitism and bias, using innovation and partnerships to drive impact. A global leader in combating antisemitism, countering extremism and battling bigotry wherever and whenever it happens, ADL works to protect democracy and ensure a just and inclusive society for all.

Click here to follow ADL.

ADL Debunk: Myths and False Narratives

About the Israel-Hamas War

In the wake of Hamas’s deadly invasion of Israel on October 7, 2023,

a slew of misinformation, disinformation and conspiracy theories about the ongoing conflict are percolating on social media.  

The following is a list of false or misleading narratives and the truth of each case.

Click here for the list!

"Imagine Life Series"

Out of the Darkness

Out of the Darkness

Community Walks

5K Walk at Jones Beach

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Jonathan, Beth and Josh Brody are joining hundreds of thousands of people across the country who are walking in the Out of the Darkness Community Walks to prevent suicide and support AFSP's mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.
Jonathan Brody, 2nd VP of Operations of the FJMC New York Metro 2023-25 Executive Committee, a member of Midway Jewish Center, and an FJMC Inclusion Committee member will be walking in support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The Community Walks , held in hundreds of communities across the country, are the core of the Out of the Darkness movement, which began in 2004. These events give people the courage to open up about their own connections to the cause, and a platform to create a culture that's smarter about mental health. Friends, family members, neighbors and coworkers walk side-by-side, supporting each other and in memory of those we've lost.

Around the Region

Plainview JC

95 Floral Drive West

Plainview, NY 11803

Phone: (516) 938-8610

Plainview Jewish Center

Comedy Fundraiser Night

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Doors open at 6:30 pm

Please arrive by 7:30 pm

Showtime: 8:00 pm

Refreshments and drinks are available 2 item minimum per person at a table

Tickets $25

For tickets, contact Bruce Hymowitz 516.965.9770 or email:

90 Division Avenue

Levittown, NY 11756


Forest Hills JC

106-06 Queens Blvd

Forest Hills, NY 11375

Phone: (718) 263-7000

Rabbi Graber Installation

Friday, November 10-11, 2023

You are invited to the Installation of Rabbi Daniel Graber, our new spiritual leader. Join the celebration, Nov. 10-11 at Shabbat services and dinner Friday night and Shabbat morning followed by Kiddush lunch. RSVP here 

Note that costs are $54 per adult,

$118 per family 

(Parents + children 17yrs and younger).

Congregation L'Dor V'Dor

49-10 Little Neck Pkwy

Little Neck, NY 11362

Phone: 718-224-0404

Remembering Kristallnacht

Never Again Is Now!

Sunday, November 5 at 11:00 am

Live at Congregation L’Dor V’Dor

and In Our Zoom Room

Speaker: Professor Sabine von Mering

Brandeis University

Topic: How Social Media Fuels Antisemitism

Sponsored by the Yom HaShoah//Kristallnacht Community Committee of Congregation L'Dor V'Dor, Temple Torah, Congregation Etz Hayim at Hollis Hills Bayside

Temple Israel of Great Neck

108 Old Mill Road

Great Neck, NY 11023

(516) 482-7800

Jets vs Giants NFL Game Tailgate and Viewing

October 29 at 12pm

This year’s Men’s Club Annual Football Tailgate will be held on Sunday, October 29th at Noon in our own parking lot! (in case of rain it will be held in the Crystal Ballroom)

Enjoy the food, the drink, the camaraderie, and the fun without the traffic!

Cost: $40 per person 21 and over, $30 per person ages 13-20 (no one younger than 13 please)

We will screen the Jets vs. Giants Game and Red Zone Channel. Tailgate games and more.

RSVP here

Dix Hills Jewish Center

555 Vanderbilt Parkway

Dix Hills, NY 11746


Dix Hills Jewish Center

Daffodil Project

Sunday, October 22

at 10am

Join us as we reflect on the Holocaust and plant 500 Daffodils to help us all remember.

Please bring long handled gardening and hand tools to help us make the trench and plant 500 Daffodils at the DHJC.

Midway Jewish Center

330 S. Oyster Bay Road

Syosset, NY 11791

Phone: (516) 938-8390

Nurturing Jewish Pathways:

Towards Jewish Radical Belonging

October 24

November 7, 14 & 28

December 5

Course is free for MJC members!

$54 for non-members!

Register here!

Upcoming Events to the Editor

If you have an article of interest, a special event happening at your Men's Club or other news for the New York Metro Region newsletter, please forward them to Lisa Pollack at

Around the World

While Europe may seem like a united front in terms of supporting Israel, Moment Europe Editor Liam Hoare sees ample evidence of division on the conflict.

Analysis: European Leaders largely back Israel - For Now

(Moment Magazine) October 13, two of the most senior figures in European politics—European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Parliament President Roberta Metsola—touched down in Israel for an unexpected visit. The pair visited Kibbutz Kfar Aza in the western Negev, where Hamas committed a brutal massacre on the morning of October 7, and met with Israeli president Isaac Herzog. “We are friends of Israel. When friends are under attack, we stand by them,” von der Leyen tweeted that day. “Israel has the right and duty to respond to Hamas’s act of war.”

Click here to read the article!

Jewish NYU students gather at the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life as part of a 24-hour fundraiser for Israel. (Courtesy Benji Meppen)

Jewish students at NYU raise $22,000 for Israel in 24 hours

(New York Jewish Week) Like so many Jews across the country, Ruthie Yudelson was celebrating Shabbat and the holiday of Shemini Atzeret when the news began to trickle in about terrorist attacks in Israel. 

A junior at New York University, Yudelson, 21, was with her peers at New York University’s Bronfman Center for Jewish Life, which houses the school’s Hillel, when the news broke. Immediately, people were trying to piece together what little bits of information they could from friends and family in Israel, she recalled. By the afternoon, Yudelson had organized a group of students to say Tehillim, or Psalms, which Jews recite on behalf of the sick and in times of danger. “I expected it to be some five or six people,” Yudelson said. To her surprise, 25 students showed up to sing, talk and be together...

Click here to read the article!

One Day: An Hour of Healing with Matisyahu

Streamed Live

on October 15, 2023

One Day: An Hour of Healing with Matisyahu

Sunday, October 15, Matisyahu, Jewish American reggae singer, rapper, beatboxer, and alternative rock musician, known for blending spiritual and meditative themes with music, livestreamed in his home for an hour of healing. He encouraged his fans and listeners to help support by mamking a donation to Israel's Red Cross via Magen David Adom.

This livestream carries profound purpose, benefiting those deeply affected by the recent horrific events in the Middle East. Stand with us to spread positivity and create meaningful impact.

Jewish Culture

"Bettinger's Luggage," by veteran Jewish playwright Al Tapper, is being performed at Midtown's AMT Theater in October. (Jillian Nelson)

A new Jewish play imagines a New York where everyone gets along

(New York Jewish Week) — Lou Bettinger, a stubborn but discerning businessman, has run a dingy luggage shop on the Lower East Side for 60 years when the new play “Bettinger’s Luggage” begins...

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

New York Nosh

French Fries with Tehina Ketchup

Laser Wolf

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

(New York Jewish Week) — For two summers in a row, New Yorkers and tourists alike have clamored for a table at Chef Michael Solomonov’s Tel Aviv-inspired eateryLaser Wolf, located on the rooftop of Williamsburg’s Hoxton Hotel. The main attractions here are the skewers — meat, fish or vegetables — which are cooked on a charcoal grill and come with a bottomless and ever-changing selection of salatim, or Israeli salads. But the true revelation at Laser Wolf may be the french fries, which are a far cry from simple fried sticks of potatoes. These special spuds are brined, steamed, frozen and finally deep fried, creating the crispiest exterior and a super creamy interior. Each order ($14) is served with tehina ketchup. So what if the only reservation you can snag is at 10 p.m. on a weeknight? These fries are worth it.

Click here to make your reservations!

Affinity Groups & Webinars

FJMC Affinity Groups & Webinars are open to all.

Join us for Yiddish Lite!

Beginner's Yiddish Group

Alternate Tuesday Evenings

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

at 8pm ET

Hosted by Al Davis

Click here to register!

Join us for Yiddish Alive!

Advanced Yiddish Group

Monday, October 30, 2023

at 8pm ET

Hosted by Jeffrey Newton, Joe Rotstein,

Esther Scheer and Barry Wagner

Click here to register!

Join us for Torah Talks!

November 2, 2023

7:30pm ET | 6:30pm CT | 4:30pm PT

With Norm Kurtz and Benny Sommerfeld

Click here to register!

Join us for Sports Affinity!

Wilt, Ike & Me” with Guest speaker: David Richman

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

9pm ET

Affinity Group Leaders:

David Kravitz and Danny Mandeau

Click here to register!

Join us for Financial Insights!

"Option Trading Strategies: Success, Excitement & Less"

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

8pm ET

Affinity Group Leaders:

Richard Gray and Gary Smith

Click here to register!

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