November 2017 -- Cheshvan-Kislev 5778,  Volume 23, Issue 11

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Biennial Night of Jewish Learning and Celebration

The fifth Westchester-wide Night of Jewish Learning and Celebration, co-sponsored by the Westchester Jewish Council and the Westchester Board of Rabbis, is scheduled for Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Beth El Synagogue Center in New Rochelle. Beginning at 7:00pm p.m., the event allows participants to attend two 45-minute workshops chosen from more than 30 topics covering Jewish thought, text, philosophy, spirituality, sports, culture, life and love. Following the workshop, participants will socialize at a festive celebration, including a delicious dairy dessert and musical entertainment by Binghamton University’s Jewish a cappella group, Kaskeset. . Attendance is expected to be over 500.


“The rabbis have put together a truly wonderful and varied range of topics, so everyone should be able to find something of interest,” said Steven L. Young, Westchester Jewish Council Event Co-Chair. Workshops include “Israel Travel for Young Families”, “Can You Say Kiddush over Beer Instead of Wine?”, “Eating Ethically”, “Did Moses’ Thanksgiving Table Look Like Mine?” “Complicated Family Dynamics Then and Now”, and more.


“This is a true community event. It brings together a diverse group of people from all over Westchester. Not only do the Rabbi’s teachings represent a cross section of areas and denominations but so do our participants. All adult learners are encouraged to attend. Everyone, regardless of background, practice, affiliation or age, is welcome”, commented Elliot Forchheimer, Executive Director of the Westchester Jewish Council.


Tickets are available online at for $20/person through November 10th, after which the price will increase to $25/person. Tickets will be available at the door if space allows.


Participating rabbis include: Rabbi Adam Baldachin, Shaarei Tikvah, Scarsdale;  Rabbi Jeffrey Beer, Westchester Hebrew High School, Mamaroneck; Rabbi Alfredo Borodowski, Congregation Sulam Yakov, Larchmont; Rabbi Jeffrey Brown, Scarsdale, Synagogue Temples Tremont & Emanu-el, Scarsdale; Rabbi Aaron Brusso, Bet Torah, Mt. Kisco; Rabbi Fredda Cohen, White Plains Hospital, White Plains; Rabbi Billy Dreskin, Woodlands Community Synagogue, Hartsdale; Rabbi Andrew Ergas, Shames JCC on the Hudson, Tarrytown; Rabbi Howard Goldsmith, Congregation Emanu-el, Rye; Rabbi Jennifer Goldsmith, Jewish Education Project, White Plains; Rabbi Shai Held, Mechon Hadar; Rabbi Evan Hoffman, Congregation Anshe Sholom, New Rochelle; Rabbi David Holtz, Temple Beth Abraham, Tarrytown;  Rabbi Jennifer Jaech, Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, Croton-on-Hudson;  Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe, Temple Beth El Northern Westchester, Chappaqua; Rabbi Steven Kane, Congregation Sons of Israel, Briarcliff; Rabbi Nuriel Klinger, Young Israel of Scarsdale, Scarsdale;  Rabbi Joshua Lookstein, Westchester Hebrew Day School, Mamaroneck; Rabbi Chaim Marder, Hebrew Institute of White Plains; Rabbi Jason Nevarez, Temple Shaaray Tefila of Westchester, Bedford Corners; Rabbi Beth Nichols, Temple Israel of New Rochelle; Rabbi Harry Pell, Schechter Westchester, Hartsdale; Rabbi Daniel Rosenfelt, Fleetwood Synagogue, Mt. Vernon; Rabbi Alex Salzberg, Pelham Jewish Center; Rabbi David Schuck, Beth El Synagogue Center, New Rochelle; Rabbi Jordan Soffer, Carmel Academy, Greenwich; Rabbi Jay Stein, Greenburgh Hebrew Center, Dobbs Ferry; Rabbi Seth Sternstein, Yorktown Jewish Center, Yorktown Heights; Rabbi Rami Strasberg, Westchester Torah Academy, New Rochelle; Rabbi Joshua Strom, Congregation B’nai Yisrael, Armonk; Rabbi Gordon Tucker, Temple Israel Center of White Plains.


For more information about the Night of Jewish Learning and Celebration, contact Donna Bartell, or at (914) 328-7001. Information about the event is also available on the Westchester Jewish Council website at Sign language interpretation is available upon request.