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Rabbi Hammerman's Corner

Several months ago, I was invited to serve as Chaplain of the Harrison Volunteer Fire Department.  Apparently, the former (Christian) chaplain of the Department had retired from the position and they were looking to fill the post.  Having served in and enjoyed this role with both the Mahopac and Mahopac Falls volunteer fire departments in the past, I happily accepted this invitation.  Several members of the JCCH were present as I was introduced to the Department at their Installation of Officers ceremony back in January where I gave the introductory and closing prayers.  Indeed, that is mostly what a Chaplain does – delivering invocations, benedictions and the like.

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Important Announcements

In remembrance of Yom Hashoa,

The JCCH is pleased to present the 

Third Annual Holocaust Exhibit

March 24th through April 17th.

Created with love, care and sensitivity by the Ifrah family, this marvelous exhibit uses various visuals, props and stories to describe and bring home both the pain and inspiration of the Holocaust.  It is suitable for children and, in fact, is a most appropriate way to introduce them to this significant part of our history.  


Click here to see the YouTube video

Weekly Programs

The JCCH offers a full spectrum of programs at regular intervals throughout the year.  Some revolve around religious themes; others are more secular in nature.  All are carefully planned by our lay volunteers and staff, and are enthusiastically attended by various segments of our community:  from children to singles to young parents to empty nesters.  Our regularly scheduled programs include short story discussions, torah study classes, morning minyans and “Tot Shabbats.”

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Religious Services

While we pride ourselves in our cultural, social and educational programming, the heart of the JCCH is its religious life.   Our services are carefully designed to enrich lives, touch souls and create community.  We have musical services, traditional services, large sanctuary services, intimate lay-led chapel services, kids’ services and twice-weekly minyanim.  Everyone, member or not, is always welcome.


Synagogue Happenings

The JCCH calendar is punctuated with many exciting events.  While several revolve around holidays, many others are of our own making and have become lasting traditions.  We are particularly proud of our intergenerational celebrations. Events include Purim Spiels, “Hanukkah Hooplas,” guest lecturers, trips to museums, cooking demonstrations, and even Israeli wine tastings. 


Monday, April 20th


  • 7:30pm - Women's Rosh Chodesh Group


Wednesday, April 22nd


  • 10:30am - Hebrew Conversation with Judy


Friday, April 24th - Sunday, April 26th


  • Gala Weekend Celebration- Have you RSVP'd? Please support the JCCH and send in your ad for the Journal!


Tuesday, April 28th


  • 3:30pm - Sisterhood is going to JTS to attend 2 panel discussions commemorating 30 years of women in the Jewish Theological Seminary.  Contact Ronni Metzger for more info.


Thursday, April 30th


  • 7:30pm - Interfaith Congregational Laymen's Committee of Harrison (ICLC) at the Veteran's Memorial Building, 210 Halstead Avenue, Harrison.  ICLC presents a clergy discussion with Rabbi Hammerman and other Harrison clergy: "How Do I Deal With the World Today (Looking for Hope)".  All are welcome.






Thurs., 4/23--7AM





Fri., 4/24--8:00PM


Kabbalat Shabbat




Sat., 4/25--9:30AM







Sun., 4/26--post parade




Sanctuary's Dedication

Rabbi's Installation





   Maggie Anton

award-winning author of historical fiction series Rashi's Daughters

discusses her latest novel, Enchantress

Wednesday, April 15th at noon

Film Series with Rabbi Shargel!

Tuesday Evenings, April 14, 21 & 28 at 7:00pm


April 24-26, 2015

Honoring our Past; Embracing our Future

Friday, April 24th:

Meet David Moss, Artist in Residence

5:30pm -6:30pm: Artist Workshop

6:30pm: Kabbalat Services followed by Dinner

Saturday, April 25th:

9:30am: Shabbat Services followed by luncheon with Artist "Show & Tell"

7:00pm: Cocktails, Hors d'oeuvres and Havdallah

followed by a Congregant Hosted Dinner

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Sunday, April 26th:

10:00am: Multi-Generational Parade

10:45am: Dedication of the Javitch Sanctuary and Installation of Eytan Hammerman as the Sixth Rabbi of the JCCH

11:30am: Celebratory Collation with Music

Special sceening of the movie documentary


Sunday, May 3, 2014 at 7:00pm

 Q & A with Abby and Bonnie Wiener

Over Sixty & Single Mixer

May 19 at 7:30pm