Young Israelight
Bamidbar 5781
3-4 Sivan May 14-15
Divrei Shalom V'Emet: Words of Peace and Truth from Scarsdale to Jerusalem to All of Israel

Dear friends,

On this past Monday, Yom Yerushalayim, a day that is meant to reverberate with the sounds of joy at the miraculous return to our homeland and its holiest places, Rabbi Klinger, Rabbi Lookstein, and I, along with Rabbis Weiss, Fink and Hoffman, as well as many of our own community members – stood outside the congressional office of Jamal Bowman in Mount Vernon and raised our voices, not in jubilation, but in outrage. All the while, rockets began raining down on Israel and anti-Jewish violence rampaged through Israel’s streets. The violence has only escalated and our hearts are breaking for Acheinu B’nai Yisrael.
Yesterday, in response to a tone-deaf and inflammatory tweet by the Congressman, talking about "Black and Brown" (Palestinians) being "brutalized and murdered" by Israel, I penned the letter below to a senior member of his staff.

And today, I call upon all of us to gather in prayer on behalf of the Jewish people living in fear and terror in the Jewish State – from our family members, to our IDF soldiers, to our fellow Jews – who should not ever have to be afraid to live freely in our Medinah, the State of Israel. 
You can donate to the shul Israel Fund so that urgent help and supplies can be distributed to the first responders and those on the front lines of this situation.

Finally, please keep emailing and calling the office(s) of Congressman Bowman, so that we can continue to make our voices heard and he continues to realize the peace, truth and importance of our cause. You can find my message to him below. I hope that my words resonate with you and encapsulate just a little bit of what we are all feeling in these tense moments.
With prayers for Shalom Al Yisrael,
Rabbi Jonathan Morgenstern
Rabbi Nuriel Klinger

Subject: A Message of Disappointment from Rabbi Jonathan Morgenstern
My name is Rabbi Jonathan Morgenstern. I am the Rabbi at the Young Israel of Scarsdale, a Synagogue located in Congressman Bowman’s district. We are a community of over 430 families, representing well over 1,000 people. I have heard wonderful things about you and your willingness to engage and listen. So I write this to you in this spirit.
The latest tweet that Representative Bowman tweeted out about the situation in Israel and the Palestinian territories was extremely painful, incendiary and dangerous. To claim that “Black and Brown” People are, God forbid, being “brutalized and murdered” by (White) Jewish Israelis, stokes racial tensions not only in the Middle East, but right here in this district. His tweet directly impacts the safety and security of my Synagogue and congregation. We love Israel. We support Israel - and uniformly (and we’re a pretty diverse group) support its right to defend itself from rockets raining terror down on its cities and from stones, cinderblock, bottles and incendiary devices raining down on worshippers at the Western Wall (right outside the Temple Mount compound) and throughout the streets of Jerusalem and its other cities. My own mother is right now being terrorized by the threat of rockets launched towards her home in Jerusalem and many of our community members’ parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters - from elderly adults to small children - are in safe rooms and bomb shelters as we speak.
We are not, in any way shape or form, supportive of racially motivated violence or racism, or violence of any kind. And, in fact, many of our fellow Jews are Ethiopian and Middle Eastern People of Color, just like all other People of Color in the streets of Mount Vernon, Riverdale, New Rochelle and Scarsdale.
Dr. Bowman’s obsessive and consistent rhetoric regarding Israel and its Jewish inhabitants is a direct attack on his Jewish constituents that care as deeply as I and my congregation do about Israel - and there are many others that share our feelings. As it is, I fear that he is being ill-advised and misinformed by individuals and organizations that do not speak for the mainstream Jewish community. But, all that being said, conflating this age-old conflict with racially charged rhetoric is a betrayal of our entire community, stoking anti-semitic sentiment against Jews and making all of us feel unsafe in our own district.
I am truly disappointed and at a loss for words in understanding how any of his hurtful words help anyone in our district - gentile or Jew - Black, Brown or White. 
If there is dialogue to be had, I stand at the ready.
Rabbi Jonathan Morgenstern
Young Israel of Scarsdale

YIS Youth Shavuot Programming
There will be three very exciting events happening for our youth & teens on Shavuot. The information for all three events is listed below. 
***Note- only the Sources & Sushi requires sign up!***
1) Tikkun Leil Shavuot For Middle & High School: 
Teen Divrei Torah from Tobi Katz, Julian Perl, Michal Seinfeld and Maya Tratt
Middle School Mishnayot Beit Midrash w/ Rabbi Klinger- Masechet Taanit
Teen Shiur w/ Yoram- "V'ahavta L'reacha Kamocha- Time to understand the depths of this guiding principle in our lives" 
Middle School Mishnayot Beit Midrash w/ Rabbi MorgensternMasechet Taanit
Teen Shiur w/ Rabbi Klinger
"Bringing Redemption One Kind Act at a Time: Rebbi Yosei's Mysterious Encounter with Eliyahu"
"Achar HaMageifah: Processing the Pandemic": A Kumzitz Marshmallow Roast w/ Rabbi Morgenstern
World Famous Annual Shavuot Teen BBQ! w/ the Rabbis & Yoram
Teen Beit Midrash led by Fellow Teens & College Students
2) Parent- Child Learning for 3rd-5th Grade
Please join us after shul on the first day of Shavuot (11:15) for some "Sources and Sushi". 
Open to all 3rd-5th graders and their parents! See flier for more details! Please sign up here.
Shavuot Children's Dedication:
All N-6th grade children should join us under the YIS tent after shul on the second day of Shavuot for some Torah learning with the Rabbis! 
Special prizes and candy from the candymen will be distributed! 
See flier for more details!

YIS & UJA Westchester
A Conversation with Isaac Herzog
Sunday, May 23rd 10:00am-11:00am
Sunday, May 23, 2021 • 10:00 - 11:00 am
UJA Westchester and the Young Israel of Scarsdale invite you to a conversation, live from Jerusalem, with Isaac Herzog, chair of The Jewish Agency for Israel, a UJA-Federation partner. Mr. Herzog will give us an inside look at the impact of the pandemic in Israel, ties between Israel and American Jews, and more.
You’ll also hear about UJA’s Covid-19 relief efforts in Israel, in New York, and around the world.
Your questions can help shape the conversation, so please submit them when you register.
Isaac Herzog
Chair, The Jewish Agency for Israel
Mr. Herzog is the chair of The Jewish Agency for Israel. Previously, he served as a member of Knesset and in various ministerial and government posts. He is the son of the sixth president of Israel, Chaim Herzog; grandson of Israel's first chief rabbi, Yitzhak Isaac HaLevi Herzog; and nephew of Israel's former Foreign Minister Abba Eban.
Amy A. B. Bressman
President, UJA-Federation of New York
Deeply committed to the Jewish people her entire life, Amy believes that taking an active role in shaping the Jewish future is both a responsibility and an opportunity. Before becoming UJA’s president, Amy served in a number of leadership roles at UJA and was on the executive committee and board of directors.
Young Israel of Scarsdale UJA Campaign Chairs
Caron and Steve Gelles, Jessica and Jonathan Katz, Arlene and Michael Kleinberg, Lisi and Michael Mandel, Debbie and Bill Schrag, Penina and Thomas Weinberger
Young Israel of Scarsdale
Rabbi Jonathan Morgenstern, Rabbi Nuriel Klinger
Event Partners (information)
Bet Am Shalom, Beth El Synagogue Center, Congregation Anshe Sholom, Congregation Emanu-El of Rye, Congregation KTI, Fleetwood Synagogue, Jewish Community Center of Harrison, Larchmont Temple, Leffell School, Magen David Sephardic Congregation, SAR Academy, Temple Israel Center, Temple Israel of New Rochelle, Westchester Day School, Westchester Hebrew High School, Westchester Jewish Center, Westchester Reform Temple, Westchester Torah Academy, Woodlands Community Temple, Young Israel of New Rochelle, Young Israel of Scarsdale, Young Israel of White Plains
For more information, please contact Susan Scharf Glick at
Community Kashrut News

Falafel Place, with locations on Central Avenue in Yonkers and Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains is now under the Kosher Supervision of Rabbi Asher Schechter.
Please support our Kosher establishments in Westchester. Our support is important to show our need for more Kosher restaurants in Lower Westchester.
It is available for delivery on GrubHub and UberEats. Check them out at
Important YIS COVID Related Announcement
We have created an e-mail address at to make it easier for individuals who have been to shul to self-report COVID-19 cases. The e-mails will only be sent to a small group (including a medical professional) who will then determine appropriate steps to be taken, if any. As always, reports will be kept confidential unless the individual elects to be identified to assist in contact tracing.
Our community is honored to have the following young men and women affiliated with YIS families serving as IDF Soldiers. Please keep them in your prayers always: Yaakov Eyal, Cfir Feinberg, Ori Feinberg, Ahron Finkel, Shlomo Fried, Yoni Hill, Dalia Katz, Michael Kesselman, Daniel Mestel, Gabriel Mestel, Eden Shmuel.
Weekly gathering of women in our community who recite Tehillim in the merit of people who are in challenging circumstances. 
YIS has had an operational Mikveh for more than 40 years. It is convenient and a strong statement of our commitment to religious ritual. Please support our Mikveh which is open every evening by appointment for women. The Mikveh number is 914-472-0946.
Shiffy Friedman answers womens questions regarding Mikveh, Taharat Hamishpacha,
family planning and other Intimacy-Related Matters.
The blood center is in desperate need of donations. There is much demand for blood due to the increased hospitalizations and low supply because of the inability to conduct drives. We strongly encourage you to donate at the 19 donor centers across NY and NJ. Additional information on donor eligibility and COVID-19 precautions is available here .
"YIS Assists" lends available Sabbath-compliant electric scooter, wheelchairs, walkers, canes, etc.
to shul members.

Established by the Aspis and Bryks families in memory of Israel Friedrich,
Yisroel Meir ben Mordechai and Thelma Herskowitz, Tova Leat bat Yitzchak Tzvi Hacohen 
Donations go to: Kupath Ezrah of Rockland County. All items should be clean and in good condition. Contact Scott Greenbaum: 914.723.1797

May your efforts be a z'chus
for the Refua Shelaimah of 
Aharon ben Henya Hadassah
Meal Pick-Up and Container
Drop-Off at Sinai Free Synagogue. Contact Caron Gelles for more information: 914.668.4350

Please pick up at the shul office.
Courtesy of Sandra and Ira Greenstein.
Will be illuminated every year on the yahrzeit. Cost: $750. Contact Ken Chorzewski: 914.235.0860.
In order to assist with observing a Yahrzeit date in future years, please click below to complete the Yahrzeit form. Alternatively, you can log into your Shul Cloud account.
Community Calendar
New Rochelle School Budget Vote
New Rochelle residents will have an opportunity to vote on passage or rejection
of the proposed 2021-2022 school budget, May 18th, the second day of Shavuot. Shavuot will end at 8:57 pm, and the School Board voted to extend the poll's hours of operation to 10:00 pm to enable New Rochelle's orthodox community to vote on the budget.
While one can opt for an Absentee Ballot, voting in person insures that your vote is counted.