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


JCCH Staff

Eric NussbaumEric Nussbaum, Executive Director
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Eric Nussbaum joined the JCCH as Executive Director in October 2015. Prior to that, he served as Executive Director of the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale in the Bronx, New York. Before transitioning to Jewish communal work, Eric spent more than 20 years in management positions in marketing and retail. He has an MBA from New York University and a BA in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Eric is married to Rabbi Fredda Cohen, who serves as a chaplain at White Plains Hospital and as the Sharfman Westchester Chaplain for the New York Board of Rabbis. They have two children, Daniel, a surgical resident at Duke University, and Sarah, a teacher in New York City.

In his free time, Eric enjoys listening to an eclectic variety of music, hiking and bike riding, and, depending on the season, watching college basketball and football. Eric and Fredda live in White Plains, New York, where they are members of both Bet Am Shalom Synagogue and Temple Israel of White Plains.


Ronit RazinovskyRonit Razinovsky, Director, Education and Family Engagement
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Ronit Razinovsky joined the JCCH family in 2016. Born and raised in Israel, her first experience as an educator was during her IDF service, serving as a “Morah-Chayelet” for young and underprivileged soldiers. That experience inspired Ronit to continue her studies at the Hakibbutzim College, where she graduated as an Elementary school teacher. Ronit moved to Westchester, New York, and started her career as a Jewish Educator at Solomon Schechter of Westchester and she was the Education Director at the Shaarei Tikvah Religious School in Scarsdale for the last 20 years.

Ronit believes in lifelong learning. She received a Masters in Jewish Education from the William Davidson School at the Jewish Theological Seminary and recently joined the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education for an Executive EdD in Jewish Educational Leadership and Innovation. Ronit has been participated in a “Leadership Institute,” a mutual program from JTS and Hebrew Union College. She also was trained for two years with the “Jewish New Teacher Project,” mentoring teachers to increase teacher effectiveness and retention and student achievement. Her goal is to bring the language of teaching standards, collaboration and professional development into her school culture. Last summer Ronit was accepted to Harvard Graduate School of Education where she studied an intensive course on: “Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership.”

Over the years, Ronit has developed warm relationships with students and parents, while at the same time, working closely with her colleagues in developing best practices for teaching in the 21sst century. Ronit is a vibrant, creative, passionate Jewish educator who lives in Westchester.


Ann PardesAnn Pardes, Director, Early Childhood Center
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For the past 30-plus years, Ann has chosen to devote herself to the world of Jewish early childhood education. It all began as a preschool teacher at the JCCH back in the 1990’s. Over the years, she has taught, returned to school to obtain a Master’s Degree, and eventually left the classroom to become a Director. The fall of 2016 marks a milestone year for Ann – her “Chai year” as a Director of Early Childhood Education.

Ann earned her Bachelor’s Degrees in Education and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. She holds permanent teaching certification in NY. In 2014, Ann had the opportunity to attend an Early Childhood Leadership Seminar in Israel through the JCC Association. Along with other Early Childhood Directors from around the US and Canada, she studied early childhood education, parenting and Reggio Emilia teaching methodology. Ann is an active member of several professional organizations including NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and JECA (Jewish Early Childhood Association).

Ann is a novice gardener, baker and fitness enthusiast. She lives in Bedford with her husband Jeff. They have 2 adult children.


JCCH Happenings

Tuesday, December 12
Hanukkah begins tonight
Light 1st Candle

Wednesday, December 13
Hanukkah – Light 2nd Candle
11:30 AM Drop In Mahjongg
5:45 PM JCCH Celebrates Hanukkah in Purchase
7:00 PM Adult Choir

Thursday, December 14
Hanukkah – Light 3rd Candle
9:00 AM Short Story Group
10:00 AM Class: There Shall Be No Needy
11:00 AM Class: Beginning Hebrew

Friday, December 15
Hanukkah – Light 4th Candle
Officers/Trustees Installation &
Ruth and Irving Claremon Dedicated Service Award
during Friday Night Live!

Saturday, December 16
Hanukkah – Light 5th Candle

Sunday, December 17
Hanukkah – Light 6th Candle
9:30 AM Jewish Java at the JCCH
10:30 AM Holly Rock

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Deanna Mancurso


Deanna Mancuso

Henry Estephanio


Henry Estephanio
Building Manager

Eve Spence


Eve Spence
Office Administrative Assistant

Donna Baer


Donna Baer
Kehilah School Administrative Assistant

Gilmore Cardoso


Gilmore Cardoso

Ruperto Cruz


Ruperto Cruz