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Check your email – especially in the Season of Miracles.

On a busy Tuesday morning here at the JCCH – Hanukkah was to begin that evening - I was on the phone when an email came in from an address I didn’t recognize: Hanukkah2RSVP@who.eop.gov

Should I open it?  I suppose.  The attachment was a bit fuzzy but, when I looked closely, I realized what it so clearly was – an unbelievable invitation from President and Mrs. Obama requesting the “pleasure of my company” at a Hanukkah Reception at the White House.  The very next day at 6:30 PM.  Could I make it?  Of course I could!  

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Important Announcements

Welcome to our new website! 

There’s a new spirit at the JCCH.  With a new Rabbi, new programming, new innovations in our ECC and Religious School and a new main sanctuary, the JCCH is building on its rich heritage to better serve its congregants—spiritually, socially and educationally.  

What better time to introduce a new website!  Now our “virtual visitors” can enjoy a site that’s easy to navigate, easy to find the information they’re after and, we’d like to think, easy on the eyes.  Have a look around. Come capture the new spirit…on our site or, better still, on our campus.  You’re always most welcome!

Click here to learn 10 things you should know about the JCCH.

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. 

Thursday, March 5th

  • 7:00am - Service & Megillah Reading
  • 9:00am - Short Stories: This week's short story "Purim Night" by Edith Pearlman and led by George Sommerfeld is in the office for your reading pleasure.

Saturday, March 7th

  • 11:00am - Tot Shabbat
  • 8:30pm - Purimshpiel! - a satirical  and slightly irreverent original one-act musical comedy that loosely takes the Purim story and gives it a twist with novel dialogue and new lyrics to songs from a Broadway show.  The show is entitled Uptown Downtown or My Feh Lady.Admission is free and the customary lavish dessert will be provided. 

Sunday, March 8th        

  • 9:00am -  Service, Megillah Reading & Kids Costume Parade                    
  • 11:00am - Purim Carnival-Fun for Everyone! Great activities, crafts and food. Buy bracelet ($20) in advance. One bracelet buys unlimited rides and games!

Monday, March 9th

  • 7:00pm - Guest Speaker, Professor Tal Ilan will give a talk on"A Feminist Commentary On The Mishnah And The Babylonian Talmud."  Followed by Q & A and dessert reception

Wednesday, March 11th

  • 7:30pm - Julian Y. Bernstein Distinguished Service Award - This year's recipient is Bob Miller.

Friday, March 13th

  • 6:30pm - Congregational Service, dinner and a special Shabbatot Musical Shabbat

Monday, March 16th

  • 7:30pm - HAGAR BOTH WAYS: In the Jewish & Moslem Texts.  Barbara Paris will lead this interesting discussion.

Wednesday, March 18th

  • 6:00pm - Beneath the Helmet Movie Screening.  Meet the young men and women of the Israeli Defense Force in this unique documentary.  






Thursday, 3/5--7AM




Friday, 3/6--8PM



 Kabbalat Shabat





Saturday, 3/7--9:30AM



Shabbat Morning Service




Sunday, 3/8--9AM








Community A Cappella Concert featuring


Saturday, February 28th at 7pm

Dessert Reception to follow

All are welcome. Please RSVP (914) 835-2850 

 Mike Kelly, Author and Journalist,

discusses his new book,

"The Bus on Jaffa Road"

 Sunday, March 1st at 7pm




Monday, March 9th at 7:30pm

Discussion topic:

Feminist Commentary on the Babylonian Talmud

Followed by Q & A and Dessert Reception

Purim at the JCCH!

Wednesday, March 4th at 6:30pm: COSTUME PARADE followed by the MEGILLAH READING

Saturday, March 7th at 8:30pm: PURIMSPEIL Uptown Downtown or My Feh Lady

Sunday, March 8th: 11:00am - 1:00pm PURIM CARNIVAL


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 Progressive 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