The three yahrtzeit candles — one for each of the murdered Israeli teens — stood mute, silhouetted against the serene backdrop of trees visible through the picture windows of Bet Am Shalom Synagogue’s sanctuary, as a poignant reminder of why nearly every one of the 500 seats was occupied.
The downpour drenching the streets of White Plains last week didn’t affect the Sabbath calm that had descended on the 12 people inside the Taft Community Center. The group joined to recite the candle-lighting blessings and prayers for Israel and healing, then sang the traditional Shabbat songs “Oseh Shalom” and “Shalom Aleichem,” followed by Kiddush and a Friday-night dinner together.
The library at the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester in Hartsdale was packed with middle school students eagerly awaiting a special presentation from very special guests: members of the Israel SpaceIL team, which currently pursuing the goal of landing the first Israeli spacecraft on the moon.
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Special To The Jewish Week
Even before she became an empty nester, Harrison’s Susie Siegel had always been involved in her community as a volunteer. Now that her three children are grown and she had moved past the PTA and Hebrew school stage, Siegel was eager to find other ways to deploy her talents.