Sunday, December 08, 2019

Westchester Jewish Council Night of Jewish Learning and Celebration participants gather for one of 30 classes led by Westchester rabbis from across the county.

The fifth Westchester-wide Night of Jewish Learning and Celebration, co-sponsored by the Westchester Jewish Council and the Westchester Board of Rabbis, is scheduled for Saturday, November 18, at Beth El Synagogue Center in New Rochelle. Beginning at 7:00 p.m., the event allows participants to attend two 45-minute workshops chosen from more than 30 topics covering Jewish thought, text, philosophy, spirituality, sports, culture, life and love.  Following the workshop, participants will socialize at a festive celebration, including a delicious dairy dessert and musical entertainment by Binghamton University’s Jewish a cappella group, Kaskeset. Attendance is expected to be over 500.

“The rabbis have put together a truly wonderful and varied range of topics, so everyone should be able to find something of interest,” said Steven L. Young, Westchester Jewish Council Event co-chair. Workshops include “Israel Travel for Young Families,” “Can You Say Kiddush Over Beer Instead of Wine?,” “Eating Ethically,” “Did Moses’ Thanksgiving Table Look Like Mine? Complicated Family Dynamics Then and Now” and more.

“This is a true community event. It brings together a diverse group of people from all over Westchester.  Not only do the rabbis’ teachings represent a cross section of areas and denominations but so do our participants. All adult learners are encouraged to attend. Everyone, regardless of background, practice, affiliation or age, is welcome,” commented Elliot Forchheimer, executive director of the Westchester Jewish Council.

Tickets are available online at for $20/person through November 10, after which the price will increase to $25/person. Tickets will be available at the door if space allows. For more information about the Night of Jewish Learning and Celebration, contact Donna Bartell, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 914-328-7001. Information about the event is also available on the Westchester Jewish Council website at Sign language interpretation is available upon request.

Participating rabbis include:

Rabbi Adam Baldachin, Shaarei Tikvah, Scarsdale

Rabbi Morris Barzilai, Sinai Free Synagogue, Mt. Vernon

Rabbi Jeffrey Beer, Westchester Hebrew High School, Mamaroneck

Rabbi Jeffrey Brown, Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont & Emanu-el, Scarsdale

Rabbi Aaron Brusso, Bet Torah, Mt. Kisco

Rabbi Fredda Cohen, White Plains Hospital, White Plains

Rabbi Billy Dreskin, Woodlands Community Synagogue, Hartsdale

Rabbi Andrew Ergas, Shames JCC on the Hudson, Tarrytown

Rabbi Howard Goldsmith, Congregation Emanu-el, Rye

Rabbi Jennifer Goldsmith, Jewish Education Project, White Plains

Rabbi Shai Held, Mechon Hadar

Rabbi Evan Hoffman, Congregation Anshe Sholom, New Rochelle

Rabbi David Holtz, Temple Beth Abraham, Tarrytown

Rabbi Jennifer Jaech, Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, Croton-on-Hudson

Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe, Temple Beth El Northern Westchester, Chappaqua

Rabbi Steven Kane, Congregation Sons of Israel, Briarcliff

Rabbi Nuriel Klinger, Young Israel of Scarsdale, Scarsdale

Rabbi Joshua Lookstein, Westchester Hebrew Day School, Mamaroneck

Rabbi Chaim Marder, Hebrew Institute of White Plains, White Plains

Rabbi Jason Nevarez, Temple Shaaray Tefila of Westchester, Bedford Corners

Rabbi Beth Nichols, Temple Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle

Rabbi Harry Pell, Schechter Westchester, Hartsdale

Rabbi Daniel Rosenfelt, Fleetwood Synagogue, Mt. Vernon

Rabbi Alex Salzberg, Pelham Jewish Center, Pelham

Rabbi David Schuck, Beth El Synagogue Center, New Rochelle

Rabbi Jordan Soffer, Carmel Academy, Greenwich

Rabbi Jay Stein, Greenburgh Hebrew Center, Dobbs Ferry

Rabbi Seth Sternstein, Yorktown Jewish Center, Yorktown Heights

Rabbi Rami Strasberg, Westchester Torah Academy, New Rochelle

Rabbi Joshua Strom, Congregation B’nai Yisrael, Armonk

Rabbi Gordon Tucker, Temple Israel Center of White Plains, White Plains

The Westchester Jewish Council connects Westchester’s Jewish communities and strengthens relationships among Jewish organizations and other ethnic and faith-based groups, elected officials and the community at large. For more information, visit, or call 914-328-7001.



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