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Committees

Committees

Adult Education

Chair –  Myra Glajchen and Karen Everett

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:

  • Familiarize themselves with Halacha (rules that govern decision making)
  • Develop or deepen an understanding of Jewish history and culture
  • Find avenues for Hebrew and Jewish literacy

Subcommittees include: The Green Committee and the Israel Affairs Committee


Archive

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.


Bikur Cholim

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.


B’nei Mitzvah

Chair – Jacqui Kaplan

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.


Capital Campaign

Chairs – Jeffrey Lavine and Jennifer Lavine


Comfy Spaces

Chairs – Randy Klaber and Robin Nichinsky


Communications

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.


Dinner Dance / Spring Gala

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.


ECC Auxiliary

Chairs – Marissa de Sa and Andrea Stoltz

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.


Early Childhood Committee

Chairs – Craig Rubin and Alynn Perl

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.


Family Youth Educational Council

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.


Green

Chair – Meri Sirkin


Holocaust Learning Center

Chair – 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.


House Committee

Chair – Marc Karell

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.


Israel Affairs

Chair – Linda Alpert

The Israel Committee provides programming and information relating to Israel, including Israeli dance classes with renowned choreographer Shmulik Gov Ari, lectures about Israel, and Israeli movie nights.


JOY – Just Older Youth

Chairs – Howard & Judy Zweig


 Judaica Gallery

Chair – Amy Levine-Kennedy


Kiddish

Chair – Jennifer Winters


Landscaping

Chair – 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.


Legal and Governance

Chairs – Marty Marcus, Bill Natbony and Seth Schafler

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.


Library

Chair – 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.


Musical Enrichment

Chair – Alison Gottsegen

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.


Nominating

Chair – Rob Weisstuch

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.


Parents Association

Chairs – Laura Grill and Mia Kandel


PJ Library

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.


Religious School

Chairs – Jonathan Berg and Susie Miller


Security

Chair – Mark Berger


Services

Contemporary – Allison Gottsegen
Rhythm & Ruach – Pam Mizrachi  
Renewal – Randy Heller, Seth Schafler and Arlene Wexler

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.


Spiritual Life

Chairs – Al Sassoon and Sharon Weinstock

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.


Social Justice Action Committee

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.


Social Action – Interfaith

Chair – Sandi Rosenbaum


Social Action – World Jewry

Chair – Holly Rosen Fink


SULAM – Purposeful Living

Purposeful Living – Victor Badner
Emerging Leaders – Larry Thaler


 Teen Engagement

Chair – Amy Perle Rossuck and Melissa Shokrian

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.


Welcoming Committee

Chair – Jennifer Winters and Andrea Lightman

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.

 

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