A community synagogue for progressive Conservative Judaism, welcoming to all.

Adult Education

adulteducationJCCH is a center for serious life-long Jewish learning. We offer a range of opportunities for personal and spiritual growth and ways to discover new meanings in Judaism and Jewish culture.

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Programming 5777/2016-2017

Unless otherwise noted, our programs are free and open to the entire community! Please join us.

(Re) Introduction to Judaism
How does our Judaism differ from that of our parents and grandparents? How can we keep our Judaism relevant? How can I better understand what is happening in services? How can I create a more Jewish home life for me and my family? Join us as JCCH Rabbi Eytan Hammerman and Rabbinic Associate Barbara Paris explore these and many other issues to help you find and expand the meaning and relevance of Judaism.

Four Sundays, November 6, 2016 (Home, led by Barbara Paris), November 20, 2016 (Family, led by Barbara Paris), December 11, 2016 (Synagogue, led by Rabbi Hammerman), and December 18, 2016 (Holidays, led by Rabbi Hammerman), 10:15-11:30 am.

Sage Advice: Teachings from Pirke Avot: Ethics of Our Fathers
What did leading Rabbis two thousand years ago teach about living an ethical life, becoming a good friend, developing humility, learning the qualities of patience and forgiveness? What were the lives like of these men of wisdom and how did their life experiences inform their teachings? How can we use their practical, spiritual and wise advice to change our own lives today? We will be using the new translation and commentary of Irving (Yitz) Greenberg. Texts will be provided for all students. Other commentaries will be looked at as well.

Thursdays at 10:00 am. Taught by Rabbinic Associate Barbara Paris.

Rabbi Hammerman joins with the rabbis from Congregation Emanu-El, Community Synagogue of Rye, and KTI to present this ten-session series of text study and discussion created by the Shalom Hartman Institute to promote engaged thinking about the meaning Israel can have in our lives, and what our role might be in envisioning and building the future of the Jewish State.

Thursdays, November 3, 10, 17, December 1, 8, 15, 2016, January 5, 12, 19, 2017, 7:00-9:30 pm. $50 materials cost. Register by October 31 at clergyassistant@comsynrye.org or call Jon at 914.967.6262.

Veteran’s Day
Join us at Kabbalat Shabbat services as we take time to honor those who have served in our country’s military.

Friday, November 11, 2016. Services begin at 6:30 pm.

Interfaith Community Thanksgiving
This annual event brings together members of a diverse group of faith traditions and features readings, prayers, songs, and benedictions in English, Greek, Latin, and Hebrew.

Thursday, November 18, 7:30 pm, at St. Gregory’s Church, Harrison.

Stop the Fight!
Talk by author Michelle Brody, PhD
Conflict within relationships is complex and challenging to overcome. In her 20 years of working with couples, clinical psychologist Michelle Brody found a way to make change simpler. Her secret: clear and lighthearted illustrations that help couples literally see what’s driving their battles and blocking their bond, so they can chart a course together to stop the fights. Learn how to unlock the destructive cycles that drive the birthday fight, the difficult relatives fight, the parenting differences fight, the money fight, and other familiar battles. This talk will help you understand the big picture and create lifelong change.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at 7:30 pm.

Martin Luther King Day of Service
Every year, Americans come together on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday to engage in a day of national service and dialogue to honor the memory of Dr. King. Join with friends from the JCCH as we volunteer in our community.

Monday, January 16, 2017.

Inauguration Day
Join with the JCCH community as we watch the inauguration of our 45th president, followed by a group discussion.

Friday, January 20, 2017, at 11:30 am.

Mitzvah Day
JCCH’s annual day of giving. Opportunities to give back to the synagogue community as well as the greater Harrison and Westchester communities through a variety of projects. This year, Mitzvah Day will also include a blood drive.

Sunday morning, March 26, 2017.

The Power of the Seven Senses
Balancing Play & Technology —Talk by Robbie Levy, MA. Learn how the seven senses contribute to the social, emotional and physical growth of a child and how to facilitate their healthy development.  This presentation will outline what the 7 senses are and offer suggestions about how to easily incorporate them into your child’s play and weekly activities.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 7:30 pm.

Can We Talk?
Co-sponsored by JCCH Sisterhood and Westchester Jewish Community Services, this program helps families navigate the difficult issues and questions surrounding end of life issues. For parents of grown children, this is a chance to learn how to communicate goals and wishes especially about the type of care you would like should you become incapacitated. For adult children and their siblings and spouses, this workshop will help provide you with resources for getting the conversation started with an older parent.

Thursday April 27, 2017.

Lost Synagogues of the Bronx
Before the mass migration to the suburbs, the Bronx was once the home of hundreds of synagogues. Many of the buildings are still standing and while they are no longer synagogues, they are beautiful architectural examples and they remain a reminder of what was once a vibrant Jewish community on and around the Grand Concourse. Led by Ellen Levitt, founder of The Lost Synagogues of NYC. Ellen is author of three books on lost synagogues, a subject that first piqued her interest in 1999 when she found that her childhood shul in Brooklyn had become a Baptist church.

Sunday, April 30, 2017, 11:30 am – 2:00 pm. There will be a charge to cover the tour and bus transportation to and from the Bronx. Please note: This is a walking tour.

Sisterhood Shabbat
Members of the JCCH Sisterhood lead the Shabbat service, read Torah and Haftarah, and deliver the sermon.

Date TBD. Services begin at 9:30 am and will be followed by a festive Kiddush.

Ongoing Programs

Short Story Discussion Group
Join the weekly discussion! Conversation is facilitated by a different group member each week. Copies of stories are available in advance at the JCCH office. Coordinated by George Sommerfeld.

Thursdays, 9:00 am

Women’s Rosh Chodesh Group
Celebrate the new month with a meaningful social, educational and spiritual experience. Group meets in members’ homes and provides an opportunity to gather and study Jewish text from a female perspective. Led by Rabbinic Associate Barbara Paris.

JCCH Book Club
November 20, 2016, Candide, by Voltaire, discussion led by Baila Shargel.

Upcoming dates: January 29, 2017; March 19, 2017; May 21, 2017. Titles and discussion leaders TBA. Coordinated by George Sommerfeld

Torah Yoga
Shabbat is a time to pause, to rest, to breathe, and to reconnect to our bodies, minds, and souls. Torah Yoga is a chance to recharge and experience Shabbat in a new way. No experience necessary; the class accommodates all levels.

Bring a towel or mat – and a friend! Saturdays at 10:00 am: November 12, 2016; December 17, 2016; January 28, 2017; March 4, 2017. PLUS two non-Shabbat dates: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 (pre-Pesach) and Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (pre-Shavuot) at 7:30 pm

Current Events
Shari Baum, a social worker from Westchester Jewish Community Services leads the monthly discussion of international and local news, the arts, science, and more.

Wednesdays at 11:00 am: November 2, 2016; December 7, 2016; January 4, 2017; February 1, 2017; March 1, 2017; April 5, 2017; May 3, 2017; June 7, 2017.

Club Wednesday
A monthly lunch and learn program featuring JCCH congregants (and friends of JCCH) sharing personal histories, travel experiences, or stories from their professional and personal experiences. Coordinated by Efrat Muller.

Wednesdays at 12:00 pm: November 2, 2016; December 7, 2016; January 4, 2017; February 1, 2017; March 1, 2017; April 5, 2017; May 3, 2017; June 7, 2017.

Adult Choir
Lend us a tenor…or an alto…or whatever. Just bring your voice!

Our choir meets Wednesdays at 7:30 pm. All are welcome.

Film Series
JCCH Rabbi Emeritus Norton Shargel leads a screening and discussion of three films of Jewish interest.

Films and dates TBA.


JCCH Happenings

Monday, October 15
7:00 PM Men’s Club Dinner
7:00 PM Women’s Rosh Chodesh
8:00 PM Canasta

Wednesday, October 17
11:30 AM Drop In Mahjongg

Thursday, October 18
8:00 AM Seeking Inner Judaism and a Personal Theology
9:00 AM Short Story Group
10:00 AM Exploring the Biblical Psalms of the Siddur
10:00 AM Baby, Toddler and Me at the JCCH
10:30 AM JCCH at the Harrison Food Pantry

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