Westchester

Film Fest Mines Jewish Humor And Food

07/15/2014
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It may be summer but as far as the Westchester Region of Hadassah is concerned, that’s no excuse for not considering those most important of Jewish issues: humor and food.

Scene from “When Do We Eat?” and poster from “When Jews Were Funny.”

Finding Comfort In The ‘Face Of Evil’

White Plains mourns slain Israeli students.

07/08/2014
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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.

Yahrtzeit candles for the slain students at memorial service.  Merri Rosenberg/JW

Fostering Inclusion As Well As Independence

New program offers a Jewish home for young adults on the autism spectrum.

06/24/2014
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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.

Staff members of Westchester Jewish Community Services make Kiddush at program for young adults on the autism disorder spectrum.

Israeli Moon Mission Touches Down In Westchester

SpaceIL team inspires next generation of engineers.

06/06/2014
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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.

Fly me to the moon: Yariv Bash, one of the co-founders of SpaceIL, speaks to middle schoolers in Hartsdale. Danny Aviv

Westchester’s Boomer Boom

Helping baby boomers reinvent themselves through volunteer work.

05/20/2014
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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.

Volunteers baking hamantaschen earlier this year for a Bronx Jewish Community Center senior Purim party.

Celebrating Israeli Holidays With A Home-Style Sensibility

05/13/2014
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Most American Jewish institutions, such as day schools and synagogues, make a point of observing Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, and Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel Independence Day.

Israeli consular official Shahar Azani at Westchester’s Yom HaZikaron event.   Merri Rosenberg/JW

Healing Bodies And Souls

05/06/2014
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Rabbi Fredda Cohen always knew that chaplaincy was where she wanted to serve.

Since she graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2010, Cohen has done just that, in the relaunched position of Westchester chaplain under the auspices of the New York Board of Rabbis. Her congregation, as it were, comprises 21 nursing homes, assisted living residences, Alzheimer’s units and homes for people with mental illness in the county, from Yonkers and New Rochelle to Mohegan Lake. And since January of this year, Cohen is also the official rabbi for White Plains Hospital.

The county’s “official” chaplain, Rabbi Fredda Cohen.  Merri Rosenberg

Fair Brings Together Schools, Camps

04/01/2014
Westchester Correspondent

The problem is well known: declining numbers of non-Orthodox Jews, an increase in intermarriage and eroding interest, especially among young Jews, in affiliation with traditional Jewish institutions.

Westchester Jewish Film Festival, At 13

03/04/2014
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It’s the bat mitzvah year for one of the county’s premier cultural events, the Westchester Jewish Film Festival.

Scene from “Friends From France,” to be screened at Westchester Jewish Film Festival.

A New ‘Mosaic’ For Westchester

Recently launched nonprofit aims to bring LGBT community into Jewish fold.

02/25/2014
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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.”

Westchester’s year-old Mosaic group aims to make the wider Jewish community welcoming of the LGBTQ community. Bina Raskin/Mosaic
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