The Westchester Jewish Council's
Community Connection -
Summer Issue #1

June 24, 2021 14 Tamuz 5781

Welcome to the first of our 2021 summer Council newsletters. While we highlight some upcoming events happening this week, be sure to visit the calendar for more programming taking place throughout the summer.

In this newsletter:
  • Israel in the News
  • Member Events
  • Important Programming
  • Job Opportunities
  • Mazel tovs
  • Security
  • Teen Scene

We will be back in about 2 weeks. Until then, enjoy the long, sunny days and Shabbat Shalom!

William H. Schrag, President
Lori Kurlander, Communications Manager
Elliot Forchheimer, CEO
(The Council is financially supported by donations from individuals,
dues from 134 member organizations and generous grant support from UJA-Federation)
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PRESS RELEASE: Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will appoint Assaf Zamir to be the Consul General of Israel to New York.
As part of this round of appointments, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid chose to appoint Assaf Zamir as Consul General in New York. Zamir is a former Minister of Tourism and Deputy Mayor of Tel Aviv, as well as a former US citizen who grew up in the United States and is a law graduate of the University of Tel Aviv.
Foreign Minister Lapid: “After too long a time without a Consul General in New York, I am happy to appoint Assaf Zamir. Assaf has the professional interpersonal capabilities to represent Israel with respect and pride”.
Assaf Zamir: “I thank Foreign Minister Lapid for entrusting me with this role. I am excited and proud to represent the State of Israel and its citizens. This period of the formation of new governments in the United States and Israel holds great opportunity and responsibility, and I look forward to fulfilling this role. Strengthening Israel’s position, its bipartisan relations, and ties with the Jewish community in the United States, are important and complex challenges at the forefront for the new government, and I am happy and motivated to try and contribute to these processes”.
visit the full Community Calendar at

Online Summer Course with Rabbi Shai Held
Mondays and Thursdays, June 28-July 22, 8:00-9:15 PM EST

Prepare to encounter Torah, mitzvot, and the Jewish tradition in a whole new way during a special 4-week course this summer at Hadar. Rabbi Shai Held, President and Dean of Hadar and author of the forthcoming book Judaism Is About Love (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux), will explore an array of core issues in Jewish ethics, theology, and spirituality through the lens of love.
Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks:
The Grandmasters of American Comedy
Thursday, July 1, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
For more than seven decades, Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks made America laugh—either through their remarkable solo careers or their legendary partnership. Whether together or apart, they were giants of American comedy. Join us as Brian Rose, professor emeritus at Fordham University, examines their extraordinary achievements.
To register and receive the link, please click: Brooks and Reiner
Lasting Impressions: DOROT’s Legacy Project is generously supported by a grant from the Keller-Shatanoff Foundation 
Join the Westchester County Human Rights Commission on THURSDAY 6/24 (6p to 7:30p) for a program on the "Emotional Impact of Hate and Discrimination," presented by the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). This LIVE, interactive workshop will include small-group breakout sessions facilitated by AGPA’s Community Outreach Task Force. We will discuss the impact of hate and learn important strategies for coping with the trauma. Space is LIMITED and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! In order to bring this important program to those in our community that need it most, priority registration will be given to victims of hate. Allies are welcome as well. Registration is required. RSVP by calling (914) 995-7710 or by email at
The JCC of Mid-Westchester seeks a strategic leader to serve as its next Chief Executive Officer. JCCMW is a multi-generational center in Westchester. It supports the community by offering outstanding human services, educational, cultural and recreational programs within and beyond its walls. Their programs are grounded in Jewish values and are welcome to all!

The new CEO will join JCCMW at a moment of great opportunity, helping to shape the organization and its future as it emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. The new CEO will lead the organization in making critical decisions about the future of the JCC, providing vision and strategy for how best to serve the community in a rapidly evolving and dynamic landscape.

Interested individuals should send a resume to

For full details, please click here.
Youth Engagement Coordinator and Religious School Teacher
Temple Israel of New Rochelle is a warm, vibrant and inclusive Reform synagogue of 400 families in New Rochelle, NY (about a ½ hour from New York City) dedicated to covenantal and innovative Jewish learning, social action and spiritual engagement. We seek a full-time Youth Engagement Coordinator and educator in our Chavaya, Temple Israel’s religious school, program to develop relationships and Jewish life for our children and youth. Our goal is for our young people to build a strong Jewish identity and commitment to engage in Jewish life. To read the full description, please click here.

Temple Israel of New Rochelle’s Chavaya (Religious School) program is looking for a few parttime educators to join our teaching team. We have a diverse, supportive, and team-oriented teaching staff. The program will run primarily in-person for the 2021-2022 year with certain groups meeting online for Hebrew. For more details, please click here.

Ellen Thurm of UJA Federation of NY in Westchester on the birth of her granddaughter.

"By failing to prepareyou are preparing to fail" B. Franklin
The Hebrew Free Loan Society (HFLS) has created a bridge loan fund providing capital to federal and state security grant recipients to make all necessary security upgrades immediately while awaiting reimbursement from the government. This program, a partnership with with UJA-Federation of New York and the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, provides interest-free loans of up to $150,000 to organizations in any of New York City’s five boroughs, Westchester, Long Island and Northern New Jersey.  Click here for more information, or contact Fred Cohen at
Please be aware of the DA’s Tips Hotline (914-995-TIPS) to help combat hate and bias in Westchester.

If anyone requires help with security grants, please contact

As always and per protocol, please report any security concerns immediately to your local Police Department and then to the Council and to CSI/Bill Hayes for follow up.
Stay alert, prepared and safe.

Please send any security questions/concerns to
We invite teens in the community to represent their agencies and synagogues at our WJC Youth Volunteer Roundtable. We ask our Youth Professionals to recommend a teen(s) to join us at the table. Please send the name and contact and any questions to Donna Bartell - 

Westchester Jewish Council Teen Organizations include:

Thank you to The Jewish Education Project for working so closely with our Teen professionals and volunteers!

The Youth Volunteer Roundtable created a facebook page for an exchange of information which can be accessed here -
For a complete and timely schedule and other television providers, go to 

The Hudson Valley 211 Helpline is Here
Call 211/Visit your zipcode to 898211
This is a service of United Way of Westchester and Putnam.

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The next Community Connection will be published on or about July 8, 2021