Never mind that Rachel Eden Klein, the new executive director for the Hillels of Westchester “was not very active in Hillel at Delaware or Penn,” she said, referring to the colleges where she did her undergraduate and graduate work. “What drove me to this is that I was the statistic of the disengaged, young adult Jew who wasn...
It’s not easy stepping into the shoes of legendary Cantor Jacob Mendelson, especially as the High Holy Days roll around. The cantor, who is the subject of the 2005 documentary “A Cantor’s Tale,” is renowned not only at Temple Israel Center in White Plains, but throughout the Jewish liturgical world as well for his voice, musical talents, presence and inspiration to the generations of cantors he trained.
Culture is a big draw in the Jewish community, especially for luring the unaffiliated. So, in an attempt to widen the scope of the Westchester Jewish Music & Arts Festival, organizers are continuing the trend begun last year of broadening the range of performers.
As the war raged between Israel and Hamas, the terrorist group that controls the Gaza Strip, more than 250 people, wearing a variety of kippot, hats and hijabs, gathered at Manhattanville College’s Reid Castle. They were there on July 30 for a two-hour memorial service marking the end of shloshim, the initial 30-day mourning period for the three kidnapped and murdered Israeli teenagers — Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach — and the slain Palestinian teenager, Mohammed Abu Khdeir.