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2019-20 Program Guide

2019-20 Program Guide

*As of May 28, 2019


WJC has programs and activities all year long for the entire family.

Friday Family Shabbat Service and Congregational Dinner
September 28, 2018
December 14, 2018

PJ Library & PJ Our Way
WJC is proud to partner with PJ Library and PJ Our Way. PJ Library provides Jewish books and music for families with children ages 6 months through 8 years old. PJ Our Way offers the gift of exceptional books with Jewish themes to kids ages 9-11 – books that they choose themselves! Extra copies of all PJ Library books are available for loan from the WJC Hendel Family Library.

Story Time and Sing-Along
Programs take place in the WJC Library on Sunday mornings at 11:00 am on the following dates:
September 30, 2018 and November 18, 2018
January 13, 2019, March 31, 2019 and May 5, 2019

In addition please join us on March 10, 2019 for a special concert with Rick Recht!

Hamantashen Baking: Friday, March 15, 2019, 9:00am

A joint program of The WJC Sisterhood and The ECC Parents Auxiliary event. There will be coffee, conversation & baking. Jennifer Winters, founder of MUFFINteenys, will lead us in baking the Hamantashen in the WJC Activity Center to enjoy at home and to deliver to Sarah Neuman Nursing Home. If you have any questions contact Carol Fasman, or Joanna Venar,

*$10 Donation requested at the door

RSVP to: (Subject Line: Baking)

Our Religious School meets weekly and offers educational family programs. WJC also sponsors informal activities outside the classroom for all members’ children in Kindergarten through 6th grade, including but not limited to the following events:

Grades K-2
Sukkah Dinner: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Rock Climbing: Sunday, October 14, 2018
Game & Movie Night: Saturday, November 3, 2018 and Saturday, February 2, 2018
Pancakes in your Pajamas: Sunday, December 16, 2018
Matzah Factory: Sunday, April 7, 2019

Grades 3-6
Sukkah Dinner: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Bible Players: Sunday, October 28
Game & Movie Night: Saturday, November 3, 2018 and Saturday, February 2, 2018
Karaoke: Sunday, March 3, 2019
Spring Mitzvah Project: Sunday, April 7, 2019

Grade Level Programs Held on the Following Dates:
Kindergarten Family Program: December 2, 2018 and May 5, 2019
First Grade Family Programs: September 30, 2018 and February 3, 2019
Second Grade Family Program: January 27, 2019 and March 2, 2019
Third Grade Family Program: January 6, 2019
Fourth Grade Family Program: January 13, 2019

Celebration for all grades:
Hanukkah Hoopla: Sunday, December 9, 2018
Family fun for children and adults of all ages! While our little ones will enjoy crafts and games, we invite our elementary, middle and high school children and parents to participate in our very own WJC game show with UNIQUE entertainment. Following our programs, enjoy a festive Hannukah dinner.

Purim Carnival: Sunday March 24, 2019
Carnival time with costumes, obstacle courses, contests, balloon characters and lots of games and food. Fun for all!

Yom Yisrael – Celebrate Israel Independence Day: Thursday, May 9, 2019
Come celebrate Israel’s 71st anniversary with fun games, stories, activities and of course great Israeli food!

WJC Teens

Service Learning Trip: January 16-21, 2019
Help repair the world (Tikkun Olam) with WJC! Travel with your fellow teens to Portland, Oregon.
– Up to 25 total hours of service on the trip.
– Bond with your WJC Community outside the walls of WJC.
– This trip is open to all 8-12th graders.

AIPAC (The American Israel Public Affairs Committee) Policy Conference
– Travel with Adam Bender, Director of Teen Engagement, to the 2019 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.
– Lobby your local Senators and Congress Members for Pro-Israel legislation.
– This trip is open to all 10-12th graders.

Teen Donut Crawl (7th-8th Grade)
Sunday, December 2, 2018 12-6 pm
Join us for a day you Do-Nut want to miss. Celebrate Chanukah with your favorite 7-8th graders the only way we know how…donuts!

We’ll escape to Manhattan for the day and make pit stops at 8 very special Donut Shops…1 for each night.

Hope to see you at this now annual event!

*$55-WJC Members, $75 for all non-members (Bring your friends!)

WJC Teens Go to Broadway
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Join for yet again another Broadway spectacle, this time for Be More Chill.
Be More Chill hits Broadway in February after being a huge success off-Broadway over the past year. Be More Chill presents us with the larger questions in life: What’s the cost of popularity?

What would you do to just fit in? Join us for this surefire hit.

*$100-Hebrew High/Day School Students, $125-Non-Hebrew High Students

Mosaic of Westchester – Jewish LGBTQ Teens & Allies in 8th-12th Grade Sundays, 4-6pm
Join us for discussions and activities that celebrate LGBTQ and Jewish identities!

January 27 at Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains
March 24 at Woodlands Community Temple in White Pains
May 19 at Westchester Jewish Center in Mamaroneck
June 30 NYC Pride March

These programs are led by members of the Mosaic Advisory Council.
For more information & to RSVP, contact: Abby Reiken: or (914) 946-8851


Rhythm and Ruach
Please join us for an inspiring instrumental Shabbat service led by Cantor Goldberg, members of our teen community, and the WJC musicians as we welcome Shabbat with lovely music and song. We welcome you to stay as the Hendel Family Library presents author Tal Keinan, in conversation with Seth Schafler, discussing Keinan’s new book God is in the Crowd. In his acclaimed new book, Keinan provides a sobering analysis of the threat to Jewish continuity and a bold and original plan to harness the collective wisdom of the Jewish People to control its destiny. This program is made possible by our membership in the Jewish Book Council.

2018-19 Dates:
September 28, 2018: Sukkot dinner, gallery opening, and family service
November 16, 2018: Social Justice Shabbat
December 14, 2018: Library speaker Tal Keinen, G-d is in the Crowd
February 8, 2019: Congregational Shabbat experiences panel
April 5, 2019: Kittah Gimel Siddur celebration
May 31, 2019: Volunteer recognition

Simple & Soulful
Let your spirit soar as we journey through an abbreviated Shabbat morning service. This 90-minute service includes group prayer and singing accompanied by instruments, silence for personal reflection and an interactive exploration and interpretation of the week’s Torah portion.

2018-19 Dates @ 10:15-11:45am:
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Renewal Service
Enjoy and experience the power of great music, communal singing, and soulful praying as Ellen Kazis-Walker, Seth Schafler and Randy Heller lead us in a music-filled hour. Special guests join in the music and reflect on their own spiritual journeys. Stay afterward for dessert and a chance to visit with friends.

2018-19 Dates @ 7:00pm:
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Sunday, April 7, 2019
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Thursday, December 6, 2018 *Special Thursday evening Hanukkah service @ 8:00PM

Introduction to Judaism: Back to Basics
Select Sundays, 10:00am -12:00pm
Ever find yourself Wikipedia’-ing  a Jewish phrase that you hear all the time but never know what it means? Does it ever happen that you’re sitting in the synagogue, flipping through a prayer book and feeling totally lost? Then come to the Introduction to Judaism class! It’s an 18 course, innovative, and contemporary curriculum that will meet on select dates from October through June.

TGIT: Thank God it’s Torah
Tuesdays, 9:45 – 10:45am
Come to our friendly, accessible, and meaningful Tuesday morning class that explores the weekly portion through commentators both ancient and modern.

The Shabbat Morning Shiur
SHABBAT, 8:45 – 9:30am
Each Shabbat morning, Rabbi Segelman takes an in-depth look at some aspect of the Torah portion. This is a wonderful to spiritually and intellectually prepare for the Shabbat morning service.

Inaugural Shabbat Yoga: March 16, 2019 
Saturday, 10:00am
Join us for an alternative experience of Shabbat morning prayer and Torah study taught by Robin Wald. Connect meaningfully to the spirtually restorative essense of Shabbat through gentle yoga,
breathing, Jewish meditation, text study, and music.

After the Shabbat yoga experience, we will join the entire congregation for Kiddush.

*Please bring your own yoga mat. Comfortable yoga clothes recommended.
*Adults and teens welcome. No prior yoga or meditation experience necessary.

Scholar in Residence 2019
We welcome Rabbi Gordon Tucker: January 25-27, 2019

Recently retired as the Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel Center in White Plains, NY, where he served from 1994 to 2018, Rabbi Gordon Tucker is currently a Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartmann Institute, North America.

Rabbi Tucker has enjoyed a distinguished academic career. He obtained an A.B. degree from Harvard College, a Ph.D. from Princeton University, and Rabbinic Ordination from Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). Devoted to maintaining the highest standards and relevance in Jewish education and rabbinic training, Rabbi Tucker has held prominent positions at JTS, serving as Dean of the Rabbinical School from 1984 to 1994, and as adjunct professor in past years. Rabbi Tucker has been influential in Jewish policy, serving as a member of the Rabbinical Assembly Committee on Jewish Law and Standards for over 20 years, as a White House Fellow, and as an assistant to U.S. Attorney General Benjamin R. Civiletti. Rabbi Tucker is a prolific author of many articles on Jewish theology and law. His books include Heavenly Torah, a translation of and commentary on Abraham Joshua Heschel’s 3-volume work on Rabbinic Theology, Torah for its Intended Purpose,an anthology of Tucker’s own writings, and most recently, a new commentary on Pirkei Avot, just published by The Rabbinical Assembly this year.


The Social Justice Action Committee (SoJAC) interacts with community groups and with other arms of WJC to create programs, activities, and events that educate and benefit our broader community.

Mitzvah Day: Sunday, November 18, 2018
An all-day event at WJC with activities for all ages. Donate much- needed clothing, OTC medicines, diapers, furniture, etc. to benefit the Westchester community. Make sandwiches for a local soup kitchen.

Community Resource Center Gift Drive: Collecting on two Sundays, December 9 & December 16 2018
Please help local immigrant families have a cozy warm holiday time. Bring new unwrapped gifts to WJC.

This year, we are collecting: Colorful Fleece Blankets for Adults, Activity Books for Children 4-12 years

2018-19 Dates & Times

Sunday, December 9, 3:00-6:00pm (Hanukkah party 4-6pm)
Sunday, December 16, 9:00am-1:00pm

Luncheon with Elders from Project EZRA: Date TBA

Community Craft Day: Sunday, February 4, 2019
A family event to make crafts and food to benefit the local needy

SOJAC Project Ezra Food Drive: Sunday, April 7, 2019, 9:00am-1:00pm

Help our needy and elders on the lower East side and the Bronx. Celebrate the holiday with dignity and joy. Bring Certified OU/Kosher for Passover foods to WJC.

Most Needed foods include:

  • 2 cans of tuna, salmon or sardine
  • 2 cans of fruit
  • 2 cans of vegetables
  • Bottle of vegetable oil
  • 25 oz. or 48 oz bottle of grape juice
  • Dried fruits or nuts
  • Jar of jam or jelly
  • small jar of honey
  • box of tea bags or jar of instant coffee

Collection Dates: Sunday, March 10th – April 7th

*Look for marked bins near the sanctuary and religious school.
Contact Sharon Silver: or call 914-698-9662

SOJAC Bronx Sunday Passover Food Package Delivery: Sunday, April 7, 2019, 9:00am-1:00pm
The Bronx Jewish Community Council needs your help to personally deliver Passover food bags to homebound in the Bronx. Perform a mitzvah by making the delivery and giving ten minutes of warm, personal contact. Go directly to the B’nai B’rith Building, 2050 Bartow Avenue, (near Co-op City) to pick up the Passover bags and delivery list. Or caravan from WJC (lower parking lot, 9:00am departure)

For more information contact: Ruth Obernbreit Glass, or call 914-980-2127

Art Gallery Opening: Thursday, January 31, 2019, 7:30pm-10:00pm 

This exhibition celebrates the remarkable life, vision, and heroic tenacity of Ruth Gruber (1911-2016) a 20th century pioneer and trailblazing photojournalist. Born to Jewish immigrants in Brooklyn, Gruber became the youngest PhD in the world, at the age of 20. In 1935, she became the first correspondent to travel to Siberia and the Soviet Arctic. Although she is known primarily as an author and journalist, photography was a component of her earliest reportage; her groundbreaking work as a photojournalist spans more than five decades on four continents. -Maya Benton, ICP Curator

Third Annual Game Night: Saturday, March 2, 2019, 8:00pm
Join friends, make friends and have fun! Enjoy a winter night playing games, socializing and of course, noshing. Sushi, snacks, and sweets! Activities for everyone!

For more information contact: Susie Miller or Glenna Lee
RSVP to Rosie:

*$18 per person & $25 at the door

Koslowe Gallery: Lunch & Learn – Ruth Gruber, Photojournalist
Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 12:00pm

Please join Amy Levine-Kennedy, Koslowe Gallery Curator in a discussion followed by a tour.

“Ruth Gruber: Photojournalist,” comes to us from the International Center of Photography in NY and curator Maya Benton. A historian and humanitarian, Gruber was best known for her work documenting the resettling of Jewish refugees after World War 11. This exhibition celebrates the remarkable life, vision, and heroic tenacity of Ruth Gruber (1911-2016) a 20th century pioneer and trailblazing photojournalist. Born to Jewish immigrants in Brooklyn, Gruber became the youngest PhD in the world, at the age of 20. In 1935, she became the first correspondent to travel to Siberia and the Soviet Arctic. Although she is known primarily as an author and journalist, photography was a component of her earliest reportage; her groundbreaking work as a photojournalist spans more than five decades on four continents. -Maya Benton, ICP Curator

*$5 per person

RSVP to:


Purimshpiel 2019 – Fushtunkenuh Broadway! Sunday, March 17, 2019
Fake Halacha! The Biggest Witch Hunt of the Century!
Comedy trumps all in our annual Purimshpiel. If you are interested in helping to drain the swamp (of exclamation points), or can sing, dance, act, write, work backstage, or otherwise embarrass yourself, contact Randy Heller at

Israeli Movie Night 2018-19

2018-19 Dates @ 7:30pm: 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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