Monday, February 17, 2020

Community News

Chabad Lubavitch of Riverdale Offers Services for the High Holiday

Less than a week before Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and one of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar, there are still many Jews who have no plans to attend synagogue services.

Chabad Lubavitch of Riverdale, the local branch of the largest Jewish outreach organization in the world, has presented

Yachad Gifts Opens First Retail Store

Brandon Levine, a Yachad Gifts trainee, stands before a table lined with a dozen wicker baskets. Four floors below him, Coney Island Avenue’s cacophony of honking horns provides an apt accompaniment to busy hands. Brandon sticks a glue dot on the back of a gold coffee packet, then attaches the packet to a cookie box, which sits among the

Linking Homes to Heaven and Earth

Stamford—Walking down a street, you can immediately identify a Jewish home by the mezuzah placed proudly on the doorpost. It is the sad reality of today’s world that so many Jews don’t realize the importance of this mitzvah and let it go by the wayside.

Rabbi Daniel Cohen of

Abraham & Sarah’s Tent—Shabbat, Family Style

Riverdale—Just like our father Abraham welcomed travelers into his tent, Hebrew Institute Riverdale (HIR) offers a welcoming place, a home away from home for anyone who comes their way. For nearly 10 years HIR has opened its doors every Friday night for a communal meal in Abraham & Sarah’s Tent, inviting people,

Northeast Jewish Center Is Westchester’s Best-Kept Secret

Yonkers—Would you believe me if I told you there is a traditional shul with an Orthodox rabbi in Yonkers, near Tuckahoe? This traditional synagogue is older than most. Founded in 1957, the Northeast Jewish Center began out of two storefront locations until finding its current home on Salisbury Road in the

New Rochelle’s Gabi Katz Joins YU Volleyball Coaching Staff

NEW YORK—Yeshiva University Department of Athletics has announced Gabi Katz ‘15 as women’s volleyball Volunteer Assistant Coach.

Katz joins the coaching ranks after having spent the past two seasons as a student-athlete for the Maccabees’ women’s volleyball program. In 2014, she saw

Stop Iran Rally on September 1: Organizers Organize Protest at Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Office

New York City—Stop Iran Rally, the grassroots movement that brought 15,000 people to Times Square in July, will protest against the dangerous deal with Iran at Senator Gillibrand’s office in New York City on September 1.

U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and retired U.S.

Selichot with Dr. Elli Kranzler: My Pre-Rosh Hashanah Spiritual Practice

Did you exercise today? Do you exercise every day?

What about spiritual exercise? When was the last time you cultivated your spiritual development?

An uplifting and important spiritual practice, the Selichot Concert with Reb Elli Kranzler will be held at the

Hezzy Jesin Appointed New Executive Director of The Riverdale Jewish Center

As Director of Student Life at Yeshiva University, Hezzy Jesin combined his training in social work and education to help students build the kind of community they wanted. Now he’s bringing those skills to the Riverdale Jewish Center (RJC) in his new position as Executive Director. “I’m extremely pleased to be here,” Jesin

15 New Yorkers Begin New Lives as ‘Lone Soldiers’ in Israel

An August 17 El Al Boeing 777 chartered by Nefesh B’Nefesh departed New York’s JFK International Airport carrying 232 Olim (new immigrants) from the U.S. and Canada who will begin new lives in Israel. The flight was facilitated in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, the Jewish Agency for

Riverdale Y Receives Two New Vans

This summer, the Riverdale YM-YWHA held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in honor of its two new vans. The two vans come as a replacement to two older vans, 2005 and 2006 models, which were barely operational. Whereas the previous vans only held room for one wheelchair, the new vans are larger than the previous vans, with 14 seats and two


Hebrew Institute of White Plains Holds Boy Scout Troop 613 Fundraiser

A fundraiser is underway for the Westchester Boy Scout Troop 613. For $10, one can purchase a first-aid kit for the home or car that includes 40 items, such as alcohol cleansing pads, elbow/knee bandages, trauma pads,

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