November – December 2014

News from Israel and the Middle East has not always been positive over the past weeks. We came face to face with horrific tragedies once again in which innocent people lost their lives and were injured in acts of barbaric and cowardly terrorism. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those in Westchester who shared their concerns and support for Israelis and our Defense Forces. For my latest post on Times on Israel following these incidents, click here. 

Looking forward, there is a lot happening between Thanksgiving and the next December break. Make sure not to miss the many events listed below and on the WJC calendar.


November Highlights

  • At the annual Westchester Jewish Council  retreat we had a great limud (study) session based on the Hartman Institutes’s iEngage curriculum.
    We put many of the Israel and USA Jewish community’s complexities on the table for an open, respectful and in depth dialogue. We may not have solved any conflict or issues, but everyone gained some new perspectives and a lot of food for thought.

  • Our WAJE iEngage classes continue during December and January. WAJE has now introduced a pay- as- you go system for those interested in joining specific classes. For more information and to join the next class, contact Alice:

  • The Westchester Jewish Council’s Kol Hazzanim concert at Temple Israel New Rochelle drew a great crowd to hear the best of Westchester’s cantors.
    Kol Hazzanim

  • The first meeting of the Israeli Parliament meeting took place in Mt. Kisco, with close to 20 Hebrew speakers having a timely meeting, just days after the tragedy in Har Nof. The meeting was a space for our local Israelis to share feelings and come together and connect to share what everyone was feeling.
    The next meeting time and date will be advertised shortly. For more information about these meetings, please contact

Upcoming events

  • December 1st, 7:30pm, JCC Midwestchester, Scarsdale– AJC and the Consulate General of the Republic of Cyprus invite you to the opening of the “Jewish Refugees in Cyprus” exhibit. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

  • December 2nd, 7:30pm, JCC Midwestchester, Scarsdale– The Westchester Jewish Council’s WAJE initiative host former IDF soldiers Josh Warhit & Seth Rosenberger to discuss Life in the IDF and the experiences of the last summer. For the program flyer, click here.

  • December 2nd, 7:30pm, SUNY Purchase– The Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center and the Hillels of Westchester will host SUNY Maritime College Assistant Professor Dr. Mark Meirowitz to discuss  Turkey, Jews and Israel. For registration, click here.

  • December 4th, 7:00pm, Westchester Reform Temple– JNF will host their annual Wine and Water evening at Westchester Reform Temple with water expert Prof. Shahar Sadeh. For more information  and registration click here.

  • December 4th, 7:30pm, Pleasantville Community Synagogue– Naomi Schater (Associate Director of Shatil –The New Israel Fund’s (NIF) initiative for Social Change) will discuss the aftermath of Gaza: What happened to relations between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel? For the program flyer, click here.

  • December 8th- The Westchester Jewish Council’s first Israel Matters meeting will convene (by invitation only) to start a new Israel dialogue. Stay tuned for additional opportunities to join this exciting new initiative as it moves forward.

  • December 14th, 3:30pm, Rosenthal JCC- The annual Hannukah party of the Rosenthal JCC is open for the whole family. For the party’s program and RSVP information, click here.

  • December 17th, 7:00pm, Westchester Jewish Center– Mosaic of Westchester and Aguda invite you to join an evening on LGBTQ rights in Israel.

Looking for something and cannot find it? Contact me and ask. I am also happy to hear recommendations and suggestions for events and programs that you would like to see in your community. 

– Yoav


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