Thursday, February 20, 2020

Community News

National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene Youth Academy Visits SAR to Inspire “Yiddishkeit”

Riverdale—The National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene provided an afternoon of workshops for the 10th Grade students of SAR High School on February 24.  The program was presented through the new NYTF venture “The Folksbiene Youth Academy” and was planned in partnership with the faculty of SAR to enhance their

League of Our Own Girls Sunday Softball—Teams Forming Now!

Serving girls in the Bronx, Manhattan and Westchester, A League of Our Own Girls Sunday Softball League is a recreational league open to all girls in grades 3-5 (Junior League) and 6-8 (Senior League). Sponsored by the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, the league has been providing a safe, educational sports experience for over 20 years.

OU/RCA Issues Statement Endorsing Childhood Vaccination

The Orthodox Union (OU) and the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) issued a statement on Tuesday strongly urging all parents to vaccinate their healthy children on the timetable recommended by their pediatrician. The statement came in response to the ongoing measles outbreak said to have begun at California’s Disneyland last

WDS Celebrates Its 67th Anniversary Dinner

Mamaroneck—Westchester Day School celebrated its 67th anniversary dinner recently, and it was the most successful dinner in the school’s history. The dinner applauded the involvement and commitment of Ellen and David Goldschmidt, Guests of Honor, Cheryl and Daniel Gold, Young Leadership awardees, and Laurie Popiel as the faculty honoree.

President Rivlin Visits the Bronx

Riverdale—Israeli President Reuven Rivlin was welcomed as guest of honor at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, where he was hosted by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Consul General of Israel in New York, Ambassador Ido Aharoni. The event was attended by several hundred Hispanic leaders and community

Mothers of Kidnapped Boys Featured At OneFamily Event

New York—OneFamily, an Israeli organization that aids victims of terrorist attacks, recently held an event in Manhattan to show solidarity with Israel. “Continue the Unity” was hosted by Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, an Orthodox synagogue on the Upper East Side. In attendance were Rachelle Fraenkel and Iris

Rav Benny Lau Visits Riverdale

Rabbi Dr. Binyamin Lau, author, activist, teacher, and Rabbi of Ramban Synagogue, Jerusalem will be in Riverdale on Shabbat Zachor, February 27, 28, 2015. He will be the Scholar-in-Resdience at Young Israel Ohab Zedek.

On Friday evening following a community dinner Rav Lau will deliver the

Affordable Genetic Testing Now Available for Ashkenazi Men and Women

New York–Metro area Ashkenazi Jewish women and men aged 25 and older can now opt to undergo testing for the three common Ashkenazi Jewish BRCA founder mutations at a fraction of the commercial price, thanks to a new, philanthropy-based initiative from the Program for Jewish Genetic Health (PJGH), a not-for-profit

Hebrew Free Burial Association Breakfast Honors Locals

Riverdale Community Breakfast, an annual event to benefit Hebrew Free Burial Association will be held on Sunday, Mar. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Participating synagogues include Chabad Lubavitch of Riverdale, Congregation Shaarei Shalom, Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale,

UJA-FedNY Discovers Non-Traditional Dues Work Better in 26 Shuls

UJA-Federation of New York has issued a report that identifies 26 synagogues nationwide that have eliminated dues and are allowing members to make voluntary financial commitments. This model is a relatively new trend, with 11 of the 26 synagogues adopting the model between 2009 and 2012, and 10 synagogues adopting it in the fiscal year

YU’s Student Medical Ethics Society

On Sunday, February 15, YU’s Student Medical Ethics Society, Center for the Jewish Future, Abraham Arbesfeld Kollel Yom Rishon and Millie Arbesfeld Midreshet Yom Rishon will partner to present a two-part program, “Taking Control: Ethical and Halachic Implications of BRCA Screening and Elective Egg Freezing.” The first half of the

Achieving Transformative Legislative Change for Jewish Area Day Schools

Riverdale — SAR Academy’s 46th Anniversary Dinner, held recently at SAR High School was filled with warmth and tremendous school pride.  Emotions ran high as each honoree took center stage while videos highlighted his or her achievements, and Rabbi Binyamin Krauss (‘84), principal,  and Rabbi Tully Harcsztark, principal,

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