Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Community News


Chabad of Riverdale to Offer Hebrew Literacy Program for Children

The Riverdale Chabad is launching a Hebrew literacy initiative for children in grades 2–6 on Monday afternoon from 4:30–6 p.m. The program utilizes Aleph Champ, which uses different colors to represent a hierarchy of

Rabbi Dovid Cohen: A Model of 'Patience, Perseverance and Purpose'

Riverdale–Rabbi Dovid Cohen has recently been appointed the Orthodox Union’s newest Regional Director for the Manhattan, Westchester, Bronx and Connecticut areas. He is enthusiastic and grateful regarding his new appointment and its inherent opportunities. Being the new Regional Director, he feels, is a wonderful opportunity to connect

JCC on the Hudson Renamed Harold and Elaine Shames JCC on the Hudson

On Thursday, October 8, the JCC on the Hudson broke ground on a new 6.6-acre community campus in Tarrytown and announced its new name, “The Harold and Elaine Shames JCC on the Hudson.” It will be the first time in 40 years that a new JCC will be constructed in Westchester County.

Riverdale Resident Johanna Zurndorfer Turns 100

Johanna Zurndorfer, a member of the Riverdale Y’s Senior Center, has become a centenarian. Born in Rexingen, Germany, before the rise of Hitler’s regime, she enjoyed the pursuits of her Jewish observance, attending a Jewish day school. As a high schooler, she bicycled 2.5 miles each way to attend

Ambassador Dennis Ross Addresses Greenwich Audience on Iran Nuclear Deal

On September 24, Ambassador Dennis Ross spoke to a sold-out crowd at Carmel Academy in Greenwich. Over 200 people gathered in the auditorium to hear him speak about the Iran nuclear deal at an event sponsored by UJA Greenwich, JCC Greenwich and the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien.

Intergenerational Sukkot Celebration at Riverdale Y

Intergenerational Sukkot Celebration at Riverdale Y

Van Cortlandt Jewish Center Commemorates 50th Building Anniversary

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


Riverdale Y Senior Events

October 16 at 1 p.m.: Esteemed cabaret singer Francesca Amari will perform in You Make Me Laugh.

October 20 at 10:30 a.m.: A lecture on The Rise of the Jewish Department Store will be presented by Marilyn Kaufman.

Riverdale Safety Awareness Day Educates Families

When Aaryn Rubin heard about the horrific events that encircled the Jewish community when the Sassoon family were victims of one of the worst fires in nearly a decade, she sprung into action. It was then that she realized that the fire alarms in her apartment were not functional at all. “My landlord didn’t provide me with smoke

Richard Joel: Time to Identify a Successor

He saved perhaps the most important piece of information for last.

Richard Joel, in an email to Yeshiva University staff, students and alumni, announced near the letter’s end that he would not seek a future contract when his current agreement ends in 2018.

“I just celebrated my 65th birthday,” Joel wrote. “I am well into my

OU Appoints Rabbi Dovid Cohen Regional Director for Manhattan, Westchester, the Bronx and Connecticut

In its new initiative to reach out to Jewish communities across various regions throughout the United States, the Orthodox Union’s Department of  Community and Synagogue Services has announced the appointment of Rabbi Dovid Cohen from West Hempstead as its regional director for New York City, Westchester, the Bronx and

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