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Interfaith Prayer Service in Solidarity with Ukraine Held in Downtown White Plains

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) Westchester/Fairfield Regional Office; Westchester Jewish Council (WJC) and Westchester Human Rights Commission hosted a multi-faith Community of Conscience prayer ceremony in solidarity with Ukraine at the Outdoor Plaza, 111 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., White Plains on Friday, March 18, 2022.

19 Rabbis Deliver Critical Medical Supplies and Meet Refugees

UJA-Federation of New York announced a coalition of 19 local rabbis visited Poland to assess current and future needs of Ukrainians. They brought urgently needed medical supplies and humanitarian aid for vulnerable Ukrainians who remain in Ukraine, as well as refugees who have fled the country.

HIAS Gives a Humanitarian Response in Ukraine

HIAS presented a Webinar, “The Humanitarian Response in Ukraine” on Wednesday, March 9th with Rebecca Kirzner, HIAS Senior Director, Grassroots Campaigns and introduced President and CEO Mark Hetfield and panelists Melanie Nezer, Senior Vice President, Global Public Affairs; Carrie Taneyhill, Director of Emergency and Humanitarian Programs and Ilan Cohn, Director, HIAS Europe.

PJ Library Offers New Stories and Resources for Families Celebrating Passover

Long a trusted resource for Jewish families in more than 35 countries around the world who receive their free books each month, PJ Library offers fresh reading, audio stories, and tasty treats for families celebrating Passover this year, April 15 to 23.

Plastover: Sparking a Sustained Climate Intervention

Every Passover, Jews around the world give up leavened bread – hametz. It’s a sacrifice one makes to recall our ancestors’ journey from slavery to freedom. But what if we could make another kind of sacrifice – one that would have an immediate impact on the world? What if we chose to mindfully free ourselves from the plague of plastic waste, committing to eliminate the use of single-use plastic for the eight days of Passover?

UJA Federation of New York Emergency Funding for Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine

UJA-Federation of New York has announced a new round in emergency funding to address urgent humanitarian needs of people remaining in Ukraine as well as refugees. Since February 24, UJA has made $8.1 million in grants to help Ukrainians.

Heroic Passages in the Haggaddah and Struggles of Liberation

One of the most enduring and beloved virtues of the Passover seder is its almost limitless capacity to help us grapple with the liberation struggles we experience in our own lives. The seder and its starter-dough, the Haggadah, have an almost uncanny way of resonating with our present circumstance, both spiritually and politically, intimately and globally, giving us both a frame to help us to articulate the nature of the struggle, and a great deal of encouragement in continuing the fight. Some story or prayer which last year we mumbled through seems this year to be illuminated.

WJCI Launches New Passover Initiative Connecting Stories from Today’s Refugees with the Ancient Exodus

Westchester Jewish Coalition for Immigration (WJCI) has announced a new resource, Let the Maggid Speak: A Haggadah to Inspire the Sharing of Our Refugee Stories, in time for the Passover holiday. This Haggadah was created in partnership with Rabbi Benjamin Resnick (text) and Jack Klebanow (music) under the auspices of the Pelham Jewish Center. 

WRO Mourns the Loss of Nick Beilenson

Nick Beilenson, founder in 1968 of Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc. (WRO), passed away on February 22, 2022, at the age of 85. Nick, a White Plains resident and a long time member of Congregation Emanu- El , Rye, was a staunch advocate of social justice and passionate about fighting for equal and affordable housing. His legacy will continue through the work of WRO, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed to address issues of systemic housing discrimination in Westchester.