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.
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.
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.”
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
Wednesday, April 22nd
Friday, April 24th - Sunday, April 26th
Tuesday, April 28th
Thursday, April 30th
Sun., 4/26--post parade
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
A WEEKEND OF CELEBRATION!
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
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
THE STURGEON QUEENS
Sunday, May 3, 2014 at 7:00pm
Q & A with Abby and Bonnie Wiener
Over Sixty & Single Mixer
May 19 at 7:30pm
NEW THIS SPRING and FALL! “Gym On Wheels” for babies and toddlers (Friday mornings) and “Super Soccer Stars” (Sundays)
Applications and detailed info for all our award-winning programs can be found under the "Education” tab on the Home Page.
REGISTRATION FOR 2015 NOW OPEN!
NEW for Fall! Extended calendar, afternoon enrichment hours, hot lunch, Sunday morning program for 3's and 4's.
"The playground was where my Jewish identity was born."
Sofia G. (ECC graduate, 2014 Bat Mitzvah)
Kehila is the Hebrew word for “community.” It’s also the new name for the JCCH Congregational School comprising the Hebrew School, Religious School, High School and Family Education. Kehila is where individuals of various backgrounds and educational experience share the same fundamental mission of continuous and enlightened learning. We come together as a community, make new friendships, sustain old ones and, together, explore all that Judaism has to offer educationally, spiritually and socially. This defines Kehila at the JCCH.
Upon entering the doors of our school, walking through its halls, hearing holiday songs and class discussions and observing children’s art on the walls, we hope you’ll be struck by a feeling of warmth and belonging.
Our educators are committed to facilitating the connection between Jewish history, knowledge and time-honored traditions with contemporary Jewish life. We offer these opportunities to students of all ages through the study of text, scripture, music and the arts as well as open-ended discussions and hands-on learning experiences.
The classroom experience focuses on Hebrew with an emphasis on Teffilah, modern Hebrew, Torah study, Jewish history, holiday celebrations and cherished values. Extracurricular programs such as Family Shabbat Experience, Friday Night Dinners, Pizza Under the Sukkah, Building the Walls of Jerusalem with Lego, Israeli Dancing inject fun into the educational experience. Youth groups for children in second grade and up, family workshops and other school-wide events add to the sense of kehila.
We offer classes for kindergarten and first grade every Sunday from 9:00-11:30AM. Our 2nd-6th grade classes meet twice a week on Sundays from 9:00-11:30 AM and either Tuesday or Wednesday from 3:45-5:45PM. Seventh graders convene every Wednesday from 6:00-8:00PM for a pizza dinner and volunteer their services monthly on Sundays via various programs in the community. The 8th-10th graders meet on Wednesday from 6:00-8:00PM for a core class, electives, guest speakers and a pizza dinner. Rabbi Hammerman prides himself on his “connectivity” with our younger congregants and engages them both formally and informally in the classroom.
We are blessed with an accomplished and dedicated faculty and are extremely fortunate to have an active Board of Education devoted to the enrichment of our children and their families. We welcome any and all who appreciate the importance of Jewish education and wish to be part of our vital and vibrant kehila.