Diane Werner wants to be sure that no one in the Jewish LGBTQ community ever feels unwelcome in a Westchester Jewish organization. She can’t forget what one of her sons, who is gay, had said to her about his synagogue and day school experience: “I don’t see anyone like me.”
Harriet Schleifer’s dedication to Jewish causes is rooted in a fundamental drive to ensure the future of the Jews.
“My parents were Holocaust survivors who were in forced labor camps,” said Schleifer, a resident of Chappaqua. “My father lost everybody in Treblinka; I have a very strong connection to Jewish identity and a strong feeling for Jewish continuity.”
Going green has gone mainstream for many Jewish organizations in Westchester. No longer considered a fringe practice, being environmentally conscious is now seen as both an economic and moral imperative.