Presidents Newsletter – December

Dear Fellow Congregants,
As 2017 nears its end, I want to share some of the positive events that have occurred within Sulam Yaakov. The Rabbi’s class on Heschel continues to attract about 10 people per session. His teaching steers us through the very profound writings of one of the 20th century’s greatest Jewish thinkers. As with the Torah teachings on Shabbat, many of us have different observations of the subject matter, and there is provocative and stimulating discussion at each session. If you have not yet attended, I urge you to do so. At the very least, this class will cause you to think more deeply about Judaism and what it has to offer us in terms of leading a more fulfilling life.
Congratulations to Steve and Abbey Chill on the birth of their first grandchild on December 8th. She was named this past Shabbat at Alana and Elliot’s Congregation in Washington, DC. Steve deserves a second Mazel Tov because he has been named to receive the Julian Bernstein Award in March. This award, sponsored by the Westchester Jewish Council, honors those who have made significant efforts to enrich the Westchester Jewish Community. Steve’s service to CSY as a founding member, Past President, and Chairman of the Board more than qualifies him for this honor. The presentation will be held at Temple Israel in White Plains at 7:30 PM on March 8th. Anyone who wants to help honor Steve’s accomplishments is invited to attend.
Congratulations are also due to Bernard and Barbara Rothman on the birth of their first great grandchild. I speak on behalf of us all in wishing them lots of joy from the newest addition to their family.
Alice Brofman has been named to the Board of Directors of At Home on the Sound, a Larchmont-Mamaroneck based service organization that offers support services to people over 60 who have chosen to remain in their homes. Alice joins Teddi Becker, another CSY member, who was one of the founders. Should you desire to learn more about their activities, please contact Alice or Teddi.
Our Hannukah Kabbalat Shabbat drew about 20 people in spite of the snow. Several of us endured drives of between 2 and 3 hours to get there. Their efforts were well rewarded with a beautiful service followed by a latkes and brisket dinner. Many thanks to Karen Greene for her tireless efforts to make these dinners possible.
Our next social event is to attend a showing of “The Women’s Balcony” as part of the Jewish Film Festival at the Bowtie Cinema in Greenwich on January 17th. It will be preceded by a dinner at Pasta Verde. If you are interested in attending, please contact Karen Feldman at
In conclusion, I want to wish everyone a happy, healthy, and peaceful 2018. As we look forward to the year ahead, I am hopeful there will be many more positive developments at Sulam.

Harvey Geller, President