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.
Few in the non-Orthodox Jewish community deny the problem: an exodus of many empty nesters once their children have attained a significant Jewish milestone, whether it’s the bar or bat mitzvah, confirmation or Hebrew high school graduation.