The Adult Education Committee engages all members of the synagogue community to make them comfortable with religious and ritualistic elements of Judaism through rich and varied programming. The Committee helps congregants:
Subcommittees include: The Green Committee and the Israel Affairs Committee
Chair – Jill Caslin
Our archivist, Jill Caslin, maintains the files that hold the history of the Westchester Jewish Center. Each month, memories are pulled from the archives and shared in a column in The Review. These memories are dedicated to looking back at some aspect of our community’s past.
Chairs – Cindy Heller and Mindy Feldman
For those who are ill, just had a baby or are homebound, let us know if a visit or meal would be helpful. The Rabbis and your fellow congregants are happy to bring cheer and warmth. For more information, contact the WJC office at 914-698-2960.
The B’nei Mitzvah Committee works with the clergy to help set policy and dates for B’nei Mitzvot. Click here for in-depth information on B’nei Mitzvahs at WJC.
Chair – Evan Schapiro
Whether through traditional or new media, the Communications and Marketing Committee strives to engage WJC congregants and the broader community. With the Communications Director, the committee sets strategies and policies to elevate WJC and inform our community about upcoming events.
The Annual Dinner Dance is a wonderful evening that celebrates WJC while honoring those who have contributed significantly to our community. It is also one of the largest fundraisers for WJC. Our committee is responsible for organizing and overseeing this exciting community event.
In order to better represent the interests of the Early Childhood Center (the “ECC”) of the Westchester Jewish Center (the “WJC”) and the WJC itself, we have formed the Early Childhood Committee. Replacing the ECC Policy & Procedure Committee, this new Early Childhood Committee will better align the lay leadership, the staff, and the children and families of the ECC in order to promote the ECC and respond to questions and concerns with greater agility. This committee is a sounding board and a parent friendly place to address a variety of issues pertaining to the ECC and its intersection with the WJC.
Chair – Seth Schafler
The Family Youth Education Council provides a forum for leaders and representatives of the many WJC committees and task forces that deal with youth – from early childhood through the teen years – to interact and exchange ideas. Our goal is to improve all aspects of synagogue life and build a cohesive community for our youth and their families.
The House Committee oversees the operation of the buildings owned by the Westchester Jewish Center, including its parish houses. It is responsible for ongoing maintenance, repairs, renovations, service contracts, and preventive maintenance planning.
Chairs – Dan Berkowitz
The Holocaust Learning Center seeks to record the testimonies of all the names etched on the WJC Holocaust Memorial. WJC will ensure that these personal stories in Nazi occupied Europe are never forgotten and shared with members of our community for future generations. For more information, visit our page.
Chairs – Cheryl Lewy
The Landscaping Committee is responsible for maintaining the beauty of our five-acre property. Our grounds include natural green space, a network of paths, multiple parking areas, playgrounds and quiet seating.
Chairs – Glenna Lee
Librarian – Arlene Ratzabi
The Library Committee meets regularly to facilitate the operation of The Hendel Family Library. The committee regularly plans programs, including book reviews and presentations by guest authors.
The Membership Committee’s goal is to make all members of WJC feel welcome and to reach out to our larger, local Jewish community to join our synagogue. Our clergy, committee chairs and trustees reach out to new members to help them find their place in our community. We visit them at their homes, deliver a welcome basket, and recognize them at the annual Sisterhood Shabbat.
Chairs – Alison Gotten and Laura Siegel
The Musical Enrichment Committee enhances the role of music (vocal and instrumental) in all aspects of synagogue life, including prayer services. In consultation with the clergy and other interested committees of the Center, the MEC suggests ways for music to: enhance the spirituality of our prayer and other services; deepen our understanding and appreciation of Jewish culture and our Jewish heritage; engage the community by providing opportunities for member participation (adults and children) in concerts, workshops and other learning experiences with contemporary Jewish musicians; create a welcoming environment for current and prospective members and the community-at-large.
Director – Aleza Kulp, Education Director and Congregation Program Coordinator
Chair – Louise Cohen
WJC is a proud provider site for PJ Library, an international Jewish family engagement program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. PJ Library provides children ages 6 months through 8 years a free treasury of quality, age-appropriate, Jewish children’s books and music.
Chair – Sharon Silver
The Social Action Committee/Social Justice Committee interacts with local community groups to create programs, activities, and events that benefit our broader community. The social action committee is committed to involving the WJC membership in social action endeavors, which benefit not only various local communities but also our own members. We are a group of dedicated individuals who each chair events across the range of our activities, which include but are not limited to: food drives, clothing drives, providing transportation assistance to the homebound and providing meals for the needy.
Chair – Susan Miller
The WJC Spiritual Life Committee meets monthly to discuss issues related to the religious life of our community. In consultation with our rabbis, the committee reviews and provides recommendations on halachic issues as they arise and as they affect WJC.
Chair – Cheryl Brause
The Teen Engagement Committee support the work of our Director of Teen Engagement. We seek to build bridges and further relationships among young community members, their peers, their community and the congregation at-large.
Chair – Jennifer Winters
WJC’s Welcoming Committee promotes our Center to the larger Jewish community. The committee also offers a warm welcome to new members and helps them make connections with current synagogue members as well as the clergy.
Our WJC Youth Group offers opportunities outside of formal school that encourage our children to participate in the Conservative movement’s youth programming. We oversee programming for children in 3rd grade through high school.