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JCCH Happenings

Remember Loved Ones with a Plaque in the JCCH Sanctuary

A memorial plaque in the JCCH Sanctuary is a meaningful and lasting way to remember a loved one. Each plaque has a light which is lit the week of your loved one’s Yahrzeit and at Yizkor during the year. To order a plaque, click here.
For more information, contact Executive Director Eric Nussbaum at enussbaum@jcch.org.

Ongoing

Friday Night Live @ JCCH

Every Friday evening from 6:00-7:00 PM, join us for a joyful musical Shabbat experience. Live music, games and activities for kids, plus a free, light dairy dinner following services.

For more information or to RSVP, write to CantorMarcos@jcch.org.


JCCH Helps the Hungry

The Jewish Community Center of Harrison hosts a week volunteer event at the Harrison Food Pantry, 10:30 – 11:30AM each Thursday.  The Pantry is located at 140 Crotona Avenue in Harrison.

Come as often as possible – we need four volunteers each week.  Please register online here for the coming weeks.


Exploring the Biblical Psalms of the Siddur

Taught by Rabbi Barbara Paris
Thursdays at 10:00 AM
Starting September 6th

The Psalms are among the most powerful and beautiful poems of our tradition. Our siddur contains psalms for each day of the week, a series of psalms to welcome Shabbat, psalms that enrich our Shabbat morning, psalms that enliven our festivals and psalms for times of sorrow.
Get to know the range of the psalms of the liturgy; experience their power, beauty and wisdom. Let the psalms speak to you in a new way.

No Hebrew knowledge is necessary, just a willingness to learn and be moved.
Please bring a Tanakh to class if you have one.


Seeking Inner Judaism and a Personal Theology

Taught by Rabbinic Intern Stephen Axinn
Thursdays at 8:00 AM
Starting October 4

What does it mean to be a Jew and to live life as a Jew?

Join Rabbinic Intern Stephen Axinn as we explore what we mean by God, the role of ritual and prayer, what it means to be a spiritual person, how to develop a personal theology, how to enrich our religious lives, and how to live a sacred life in the modern world.

This class is free and open to learners at all levels.


Baby, Toddler and Me at the JCCH

Thursday mornings, 10:00 – 11:15 AM, starting October 4

Meet other parents and caregivers, socialize, and discuss topics in parenting while the children play and interact.

Free and open to all. Please RSVP to info@jcch.org.

This program is generously funded by an endowment from the Berman-Greer family.


Beginner Canasta and Mahjongg Lessons

Canasta Lessons (start time 7:00 PM):
Monday, October 15
Wednesday October 24
Tuesday, October 30
Thursday, November 1

Please be sure you can attend at least 4 of the 5 dates. Cost: $60 per person for all 5 lessons.

Mahjongg Lessons (start time 7:00 PM):
Tuesday, November 6
Wednesday, November 14
Wednesday, November 28
Wednesday, December 5

Cost: $60 per person for all 4 lessons.

Everyone welcome – open to members and non-members. Reservations required; space is limited and our last series of lessons sold out quickly. Please RSVP to Andrea Platte: dulberga@optonline.net

Already know how to play canasta or mahjong? Join us Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM. Just email dulberga@optonline.net in advance so we can confirm we have the correct number of people per table.

What is Canasta?
Canasta, card game in the rummy family, developed in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay, in the 1940s and popular in the United States and Great Britain from the 1950s on. The name canasta, from the Spanish word for “basket,” probably derives from the tray placed in the center of the table to hold undealt cards and discards.


OCTOBER

What’s Your Problem?

Stoning a disobedient child?
Killing your first-born?
Destroying the entire world?

How do we reconcile troubling sacred texts?

Join Cantor Marcos for a discussion of difficult texts from our Jewish tradition. BYOTT*

Free and open to all. Next sessions: November 8, December 6, and January 10.

*Bring Your Own Troubling Text!


Men’s Club Annual Dinner

The JCCH Men’s Club invites you to their annual dinner on Monday, October 15, at 7:00 PM at the JCCH.

Featuring entertainment by mentalist “Kirsch.” Dinner will feature either steak or salmon. RSVP (by Thursday, October 9) to Ken Brown at kfrankbrown@aol.com or 914-649-3563.

Open to Men’s Club members and their guests (men only, please!). Members, free; non-members $75.


Women’s Rosh Chodesh Group

Join us as we welcome the month of Cheshvan. While Cheshvan is a month without holidays and sometimes referred to as the “bitter” month, it is always sweet when this group comes together in sisterhood.  This month we will honor the women of the Torah, our ancestors, and ourselves. Please come with a story of a woman in your life who was courageous and made a difference.
 
Monday, October 15, 7:00 PM (Contact synagogue for location)

Guess Who’s Coming to Shabbas?

At Guess Who’s Coming to Shabbas, JCCH congregants host a Shabbat dinner at their homes and invite others from the Congregation or the Community –especially those they wish they knew better!

Save the following dates:
October 26, 2018
January 4, 2019
February 8, 2019
and May 3, 2019

READY TO HOST? Sign up by here!
(be sure to specify which date works best for you)


November

Women Cook

Women Cook is a social initiative established in 2006 to help create a source of employment for women on the periphery and from disadvantaged communities.

Representing the colorful ethnic/culinary mosaic of the Jewish people, they visit and cook with communities, bringing a wide variety of ethnic recipes, stories, and cultural experiences.

The Women Cook delegation will visit the JCCH on for a workshop with our Kehilah School on Wednesday, November 7, and for a workshop on Friday morning, November 9, to prepare Shabbat dinner for our community that evening.

Sign up to join the Friday workshop, to come to the dinner, or both: Click here.


Talk: A View from Jezebel’s Window

Sunday, November 11, at 2:00 PM at the JCCH.
Free and open to all.

Jezreel, mentioned more than 30 times in the Bible, has long rich history and was a key strategic site during the period of the Israelite monarchy. It comprises an upper site, Tel Jezreel, and a lower site, Tel Ein Jezreel, which overlooks the spring of Jezreel. Excavations conducted from 1990 to 1996 only excavated part of the upper Tel. Twenty years later, archaeologist Norma Franklin returned to Jezreel to co-direct renewed excavations. Hers was the first team in Israel to use aerial LiDAR to map the site, and now Jezreel has begun to reveal its secrets. Join us or a talk by Dr. Franklin as she reveals the fascinating history and archaeology of this famous site. Sunday, November 11, at 2:00 pm at the JCCH. Free and open to all.


DECEMBER

Save the Date!
Saturday, December 1
Join us as the JCCH community comes together for an installation celebration for Cantor Marcos.

  • Installation Saturday morning
  • Gala dinner and concert featuring Cantor Marcos and his band Saturday evening
  • “Spanning the Decades–A Night of the Music You Love.”

Watch for more information coming soon!

Invitations will be out soon but you can order tickets and place ads in our Virtual Journal now.