Around Town

Chabad of the Rivertowns Celebrates 20th Anniversary Gala

Chabad of the Rivertowns celebrated their 20th anniversary on Sunday, April 30, 2023, at Biddle Mansion, Tarrytown House and Estate, highlighted by the completion of a Safer Torah by Sopher (scribe) Moishe Klein, commissioned by Heather and Ethan Bloom.  A Torah Parade followed, spilling out onto Chabad Rivertowns headquarters on 303 North Broadway, Dobbs Ferry.

Local Independent Congregation to Celebrate 20th Anniversary

On June 11, Rosh Pinah Chavurah of the Rivertowns, an independent Jewish congregation, will pass an unusual milestone, celebrating its 20th anniversary with a gala dinner dance. The word chavurah comes from Hebrew chaver, meaning ‘friend,’ and Rosh Pinah began in 2003 when a group of friends in the Rivertowns decided to come together for worship, celebration, and learning.

JCRC-NY’s Celebrate Israel Parade Celebrates Israel’s 75th Anniversary

The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY) has announced that this year’s Celebrate Israel Parade will take place Sunday, June 4th.


The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary Presents “Living Yiddish in New York”

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), one of the world’s preeminent centers of Jewish higher education in NYC’s Morningside Heights, has opened its latest exhibition in the newly redone library. Open to the public until August 10, “Living Yiddish in New York” introduces visitors to rare archival materials that provide a snapshot of New York City as an important center of modern Yiddish culture.  

Powerful “Hate Ends Now” Exhibit in Times Square

Commemorating Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the Orthodox Union’s Southern NCSY youth movement has brought its Hate Ends Now Cattle Car: Stepping in and Out of Darkness exhibit to Times Square. 

New York Sings Yiddish! in Central Park

Celebrate the rich cultural legacy of Yiddish music in Central Park at 7pm on Wednesday, June 14, 2023,  when National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) and Capital One City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage will present New York Sings Yiddish! – in partnership with the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene/Museum of Jewish Heritage –  A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and supported by the Workers Circle– will feature an illustrious lineup of Yiddish theater and concert superstars, including THE KLEZMATICS, Joanne Borts, Joshua (SoCalled) Dolgin, Cantor Magda Fishman, Sara Mina Gordon, Cantor Netanel Hershtik, Elmore James, Daniel Kahn, Lea Kalisch, Frank London, Daniella Rabbani, Eleanor Reissa, Avi Fox-Rosen, and Lorin Sklamberg. 

The Genesis Prize

The annual $1 million Genesis Prize, dubbed the “Jewish Nobel” by TIME Magazine, honors extraordinary individuals for their outstanding professional achievements, contribution to humanity, and commitment to Jewish values. 

The Borscht Belt Museum Opens this Summer

The Borscht Belt Museum, a project spearheaded by Reboot network member Andrew Jacobs and given seed funding by Reboot Studios, celebrated its public launch in April with a groundbreaking extravaganza at the museum’s newly acquired home in the Catskills town of Ellenville, N.Y.  The museum, a decade in the making, will celebrate all the rich and delicious facets of the Borscht Belt era — the comedy, the cuisine, and the era’s influence on modern Jewish-American identity and the evolution of stand-up comedy.   

Periodontist Finds Meaning in Volunteering in Israel

When periodontist Robert Weber of New Rochelle, was visiting his son who was studying in Israel, he wanted to give back to the community. Already serving on Jewish National Fund-USA’s Westchester and Southern Connecticut board and a member of the President’s Society and Healthcare Professionals for Israel, the avid volunteer thought he’d be able to offer free dental services for low-income Jerusalem residents. 

Jewish Film Festival 2023

The 22nd annual Jewish Film Festival is returning May 17-25 to The Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Road, Pleasantville.

Grant Program to Support Teaching About the Holocaust, Human Rights and Racism

The Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center (HHREC) has developed a partnership with Sunnyside Federal of Irvington, New York, to offer the Sunnyside Federal Grant Program for Teachers, to assist them in teaching about the Holocaust and related topics including human rights, antisemitism, discrimination, racism, and genocide.  The goal for this program is to enrich student learning experiences, subsidize special programs, and help to meet instructional needs for schools not otherwise supported by their budgets. Grants of up to $400 will be awarded to teachers working in public, private, and parochial schools in the Lower Hudson Valley.