March 2017 -- Adar-Nisan 5777,  Volume 23, Issue 3

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Parents’ Circle, a New Group at Scarsdale Synagogue Open to the Community

Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El, 2 Ogden Road introduces a new group  that will focus on non-Jewish Parents who are raising Jewish children.

The program will be called Parents’ Circle and will continue the synagogue’s tradition of welcoming inter-faith families. They consider these parents an integral part of their synagogue and community, and are pleased to provide this meaningful opportunity for connection.


Their hope is that Parents’ Circle will help families create new traditions, boost parental confidence and provide a deeper understanding of Jewish holidays and rituals.  Naturally, the interests of the group will help guide the learning and content.

Starting in the Spring as a mini session and introductory gathering, the full session of the Parents’ Circle  will be a year -long series starting this   September.


Donna Vitale Ruskin, the immediate past president of Scarsdale Synagogue will facilitate this group. Ruskin raised three sons in a mixed religion marriage and used Jewish values to inform her parenting.  She brings her skills as a facilitator and advocate to this new group. Members of the clergy team will also be joining the Circle from time to time for particular learning opportunities. They will exchange ideas, share stories and journey together.


The Spring Mini-Session of Parents’ Circle at Scarsdale Synagogue will be conducted as follows: “What is it like to be a non-Jewish parent raising Jewish children?” on Sunday, March 12,  9:30-10:30 a.m. (Also families are invited to join at 10:30 a.m. for a Purim Celebration and Carnival); “How do you celebrate holidays in your home?” on Sunday, April 2 9:30-11:00 a.m.; and “How will you create your own family traditions and rituals?” on Sunday, May 7,   9:30-11:00 a.m.


Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El is a Reform Jewish congregation committed to creating, with and for its 450 member families, a covenant community of shared lives and real relationships. Founded in 1961, the Synagogue was joined by the memberships of Tremont Temple of the Bronx in 1976 and Temple Emanu-El of Southern Westchester in 2008.


If you would like to attend or for more information call  the synagogue office at 914-725-5175 by Wednesday, March 8, 2017 or  contact Roberta Aronovitch, Executive Director by Email: