The first-ever Northern Westchester Jewish Festival (NWJF) was held last month in Mt. Kisco, with over 1,500 people in attendance. The festival, hosted and organized by 20 Northern Westchester Jewish organizations with lead funding from UJA-Federation of New York, featured the well-known a cappella group, The Maccabeats; family-friendly activities including cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, and STEM activities; as well as exhibitors and food venues.
The host organizations were Bet Torah, Chabad of Bedford, Congregation B’nai Yisrael of Armonk, Congregation Sons of Israel, Eden Village Camp, First Hebrew Congregation in Peekskill, Hebrew Congregation of Somers, J-Teen Leadership, Mosholu Montefiore Community Center, Mount Kisco Hebrew Congregation, PJ Library, Pleasantville Community Synagogue, Sprout Westchester, Temple Beth Am, Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester, Temple Beth Elohim of Brewster, Temple Beth Shalom, Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, Temple Shaaray Tefila and Tzahal Shalom.
The goal of the festival was to help enhance Jewish life in Northern Westchester by connecting communities, organizations and individuals and was an initiative of UJA-Federation’s Westchester Community Lab.
By Yvette Finkelstein