Presidents Newsletter – January

Dear Fellow Congregants:

The New Year has started with much activity.
The Rabbi’s adult education classes continue to be held on Mondays at 7:45 PM. We are completing our study of Heschel, and will begin an examination of the writings of Mordechai Kaplan, which will present a much different point of view.

Our movie event and pasta dinner in Greenwich on January 17th, organized by Karen Feldman, was sold out, and on behalf of the Congregation, I want to thank Karen for her efforts in making it happen.

This past Oneg Shabbat was sponsored by David and Michael Menashi in memory of their sister Cecile. A playground in South Tel Aviv is dedicated to her. Her passion was biblical archaeology, and she helped fund an excavation in the original City of David that uncovered the stone road which, according to Josephus, connected it to the Temple Mount.

As many of you know, the children of Fred and Joyce Claar set up a fund to reward teenagers for demonstrating Jewish Leadership. This annual $1,000 award is given to high school students who have submitted resumes outlining their contributions to Jewish life in Westchester. The number of applicants has grown each year, and there have been seven submissions to date. A committee consisting of the Claars and Rabbi Alfredo will determine who will receive the award. They will be invited along with their families and friends to a presentation at a Kabbalat Shabbat in the Spring.

Purim services will be held at 6:30 PM on February 28th followed by a beer and hotdog dinner with a live Klezmer Band sponsored by Linda and Michael Goldberg. Please RSVP as soon as possible.

We look forward to many more interesting developments as 2018 progresses and I wish all of you good health and contentment in the coming month.
Harvey Geller, President