JCCH Virtual Calendar

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.


8:00 AM Monday, Wednesday, Friday
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8:00 AM Tuesday, Thursday
Facebook or email info@jcch.org for Zoom credentials

9:00 AM Sunday
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6:00 PM Fridays
Facebook or email info@jcch.org for Zoom credentials


9:30 AM Saturdays
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 (in case of emergency call 914-320-4244)
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

Monday, October 26

Noon Let’s Do Lunch
Grab your lunch…find a computer, tablet, or phone, and join a casual lunchtime conversation.
Led by Deborah Bers.
On Zoom

Wednesday, October 28

10:00 AM Go Take a Hike
Join Rabbi Hammerman for a “spiritual” hike in a local park. We will pause in our walking for some reflection. Bring water and a mask. RSVP to rabbihammerman@jcch.org for more information.

Thursday, October 29

9:00 AM Short Story Discussion Group
George Sommerfeld will introduce “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe.
The story can be found here.
On Zoom 

Thursday, October 29 and November 5 

7:30 PM Three Talmudic Paradigms for Understanding Racism in the United States

This two-part shiur (study session) will invite participants to explore what ancient Jewish texts teach us about racism in America today. We will explore three Talmudic frameworks for understanding the role of racism in our country. Through concepts developed by our ancient rabbis, we will explore our own role and responsibility in racism today, seek tools to resist the racism that is pervasive in our culture, and ask if we have any responsibility and ability to correct for a troubled national history. All are invited to workshop these paradigms and think through how they might be useful to our current national moment, and where their application is limited or maybe even damaging.
Led by Rabbi Avi Killip, VP of Strategy and Programs, Hadar.

Registration required. Click here.


(3 part series)
Book Discussion led by Rabbi Barbara Paris

Caste, by Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson, examines through narratives and stories, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system. It shows how the undertow of caste is experienced by Americans each and every day. Shockingly, it documents how Nazis studied the racial systems in America to plan the out casting of the Jews. It explores how America can move beyond this caste system toward a common humanity.

We will discuss it in sections. The schedule will be as follows:

Part 1 and 2 – November 4, 7:00 PM
Part 3 and 4 – November 18, 7:00 PM
Part 5 , 6 and 7 – December 2, 7:00 PM

Previous & Ongoing Programming

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.

Joanna’s Jewban Kitchen
Want a beer? Grab a cold one and watch the new episode of “Joanna’s Jewban Kitchen” in which Joanna shows off her culinary mastery with “Ropa Vieja,” a Cuban specialty. Cantor Marcos makes a cameo; can you spot him? Watch it here! What’s cooking in Joanna Askenazi’s kitchen? This week it’s Morrocan Fish.

4:00 PM KidShabbat
For kids of all ages. Join Cantor Marcos for a pre-Shabbat singalong.

Plus…Available 24/7

A five-minute energy boost for kids (and anyone else who needs to shake their sillies out!) with Cantor Marcos.
Click here

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. Rabbi Hammerman and Cantor Marcos are available by phone or email. See contact information at the bottom of this email.
In addition, 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


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 are able to 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.