JCCH Happenings

While homebound, we at the JCCH are creating ways to bring the synagogue to you.

See below for a variety of learning, praying, and singing opportunities that we are presenting online. We would like to add other opportunities as well – cooking, knitting, other classes, etc. If you have a skill, an interesting topic or anything else you would like to present, please let us know and we will add you to the schedule.

We wish you all good health and look forward to seeing many of you online!

For security purposes, we are no longer publishing information of our Zoom sessions on the website. Please check our emails for details about login information, or email info@jcch.org for credentials.

Please note, effective immediately you must upgrade to Zoom 5.0 in order to join Zoom sessions.



Join us Friday evening and Shabbat morning for services in the main parking lot. Our new technology enables you to listen to services on your car radio (tune into 87.9 FM) Or, if you choose, join us outside your car — appropriately distanced seating will be available.


8:00 AM Monday – Friday
Facebook or email info@jcch.org for Zoom credentials

9:00 AM Sunday
Facebook or email info@jcch.org for Zoom credentials


6:00 PM Fridays
Facebook or email info@jcch.org for Zoom credentials


9:30 AM Saturdays (on JCCH Patio)
Email info@jcch.org for Zoom credentials

Contact Clergy/Administration

Need to reach a clergy or staff member? Please use their emails below, or for after hours, use emergency numbers provided below:

Rabbi Eytan Hammerman (currently on sabbatical)
Cantor Marcos Askenazi (in case of emergency call 347-537-9612)
Ronit Razinovsky, Education Director (in case of emergency call 914-629-9055)
Eric Nussbaum, Executive Director (in case of emergency call 914-419-1515)

Upcoming Programming

Need Zoom credentials for any of the programs noted, please check weekly emails or contact info@jcch.org

Thursday, October 21

9:00  AM Short Story Discussion Group
Lois Dinkin will be introducing “Zulu and the Zeide” by Dan Jacobson.
On Zoom

10:00 AM  Menschlikhkeit Before Godliness with Rabbi Barbara Paris
Judaism is more than just the laws and the core teachings. It is a way of life, a way of being in the world.
In the words of Rabbi Lookstein, many erroneously assume that Judaism believes that God cares more about ritual than how people treat each other.

Join Rabbi Barbara Paris for her new class on Jewish values. Some topics will include, Pikuakh Nefesh (Saving a Life), Lashon Ha-Ra (Refraining from Gossip), Bikor Cholim (Visiting the Sick), Gemilut Chesed (Acts of Loving Kindness), Shalom Bayit (Peace in the Home), and Hakhnasat Orkhim (Hospitality). We will look at the Biblical origin and commentary as well as modern sources and examples. As always, the conversations will focus on our own time and life experiences and how we can embody these traditional and very Jewish values.

Once everyone feels safe to gather again, we will resume in-person classes!

On Zoom

Friday, October 22

10:00 AM “The Hebrew Prophets:  Who they were and why they are so relevant today” with Senior Rabbinic Intern, Steve Axinn
This class will explore the nature of prophecy, who were the greatest Hebrew prophets, and why their message is now more important for us to understand than ever before. We shall study the prophecies of such greats as Amos, Hosea, Micah, Isaiah, and Jeremiah and learn the wisdom they convey to 21st-century humanity.

Monday, October 25

1:00 PM Let’s Do Lunch
Grab your lunch, find a computer, tablet, or phone, and join a casual lunchtime conversation. Led by Deborah Bers.

Previous & Ongoing Programming

Tot Shabbat Every Friday at 2:00 PM
Get your Kiddush cup and candles ready for an interactive Tot Shabbat with Cantor Marcos.
Via Zoom and Facebook

Cantor Marcos presents a thematic interpretation of the Ma’ariv (evening) service using secular music, sacred text, and words of comfort: We Heal Together: Sing, Share, Learn, Pray – July 10, 2020

Our world is hurting and we pray for healing during this difficult time. Watch Cantor Marcos’s healing service here and lend your voice as we ask for love and compassion to guide our way – June 1, 2020.

Plus…Available 24/7

Creating A Sense Of Calm In A World Of Chaos
Check out Cantor Marcos’s guided meditation with chanting and singing. Cantor begins 4 minutes in.

Kids (or Grownups!) … Need a Boost?
A five-minute energy boost for kids (and anyone else who needs to shake their sillies out!) with Cantor Marcos.

Need Some Help with Technology?

Facebook, Zoom, and other tools are keeping us more connected than ever before. If you could use some assistance with your technology, some JCCH members are ready and eager to help. Write to info@jcch.org for assistance.

Grief Support During Covid-19

In these uncertain times of physical distancing, grievers are feeling more alone and isolated than ever. Human connection and support are crucial to those who are grieving. Cantor Marcos is available by phone or email. See contact information at the bottom of this email.

Also, Westchester Jewish Community Services can provide opportunities to speak privately with a social worker by phone or zoom.

For information, contact Gillian Rittmaster, LCSW, Westchester Jewish Community Services
Phone: 914-761-0600 Ext. 2142 or email grittmaster@wjcs.com

Guidance on Coronavirus Resources and Warnings about Consumer Scams

Additional Assistance

Help Feed the Hungry in Our Area
Bread of Life is seeking food donations to help feed over 11,000 food-insecure Westchester residents. Donations of non-perishable items (e.g., pasta, cereal, canned goods) can be dropped at Pastor Pasquale’s driveway, 65 Orchard Avenue, Rye, NY.

If you have any questions, contact JCCH member Rachel Dalton at rachel@racheldalton.com

Important notice for JCCH “Seniors” and those wishing to assist
From the Town of Harrison: In addition to assistance being available from fellow JCCH members, the Harrison Recreation Senior Program has been checking on our seniors and providing them assistance when required. RideConnect of Family Services of Westchester has set up a shopping program for older adults to help keep them safely at home. Volunteers get a client’s grocery list, do the shopping, and drop the groceries off at the client. If you need help shopping for groceries or medications, call them at (914) 242-7433.

If you are interested in volunteering for this program, please use the same phone number to become involved.

Masks 4 Harrison
JCCH members Jenny Schenk and Lauren Leader, along with Toni Braiotta, have launched Masks 4 Harrison to ensure that all those in need of masks can get them, including seniors who receive services through the town as well as Harrison Food Pantry clients. $20 underwrites the cost of four masks. You can give two and get two or donate all four.  For more information, click here.