The Van Cortlandt Jewish Center has existed in many iterations. First founded in 1927 where minyanim were held in a street-level room in an apartment building, it moved 20 years later into a converted mansion at 3997 Gouverneur Avenue, where it remained for 18 years. Fifty years ago, the VCJC moved to its current home, 3880 Sedgwick Avenue.
This year, on September 19, VCJC celebrated a half century at the current establishment. In 1965, when the building was first dedicated, the Mistress of Ceremonies who officiated the event was Bess Myerson, also a former Miss America. Mayor John Lindsay, former NYC mayor, was in attendance.
A brunch to celebrate this incredible milestone will be held at the VCJC on October 18, 2015 at 11 a.m., and will be catered by Cafeccino Bakery. A video will be shown of the dedication of the current establishment and of the dedication of the previous shul at the Gouverneur Avenue address. The brunch will be $15 per person and will include lox, cream cheese, muffins, omelets, quiche, pastries, coffee and tea. If you are interested in attending, please call VCJC at 718-884-6105 to reserve your spot.
By Tamar Weinberg