Thursday, January 20, 2022

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Three Bi-Cultural Teachers Will Be Featured in Stamford High Holiday Learning Program

Rabbi Oran Zweiter, Rabbi Naftali Wolfe, and Elana Trompka Friedman will highlight an upcoming learning program via Zoom focused on Current Perspectives on the High Holidays. The program, which is being sponsored by the Center for Community Education (CCE) at the Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy of Connecticut, will be


Rep. Nita Lowey Secures Millions in Security Funding For Jewish Institutions

(Courtesy of Lowey.house.gov and combined sources) Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee and the Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, this week approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Homeland Security funding bill. Through this bill, 25 organizations in the 17th


Riverdale Entrepreneur Introduces New Product for the Healthcare Market

Ilana Herman is a speech pathologist (SLP) and the president/CEO of the newly formed company The Independent Feeding Tray Inc. She has resided with her husband in Riverdale for the past 42 years, where they raised their two sons.

The name of her unique adaptive technology is the


Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy Launches New Center for Community Education

(Courtesy of BCHA) Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy of Connecticut has announced the launch of a new initiative that will expand the Stamford school’s reach far beyond its pre-K through 12th-grade classrooms.

BCHA President David Pitkoff said, in announcing the launch of the school’s BCHA Center


Israel and New York Present Joint COVID-19 Program

On May 20, the Consulate General of Israel in New York and Unit 669 of the Israel Air Force’s Airborne Combat, Search and Rescue squad hosted a virtual discussion, “Combating the Coronavirus in Israel and New York.” The event was moderated by Tal Heinrich, an Israeli journalist and anchor.


Riverdale Y Meets Community Needs During COVID-19

Emily Hausman accepted the position as the director of early childhood education at the Riverdale Y in June 2017, never anticipating the path her job would follow less than three years later. COVID-19 happened. Schools were closed on March 16. Hausman received a call from the Department of Education (DOE)


YI of New Rochelle Hosts First Virtual—and 53rd Annual—Dinner

More than 250 devices tuned in to the first virtual and 53rd annual Young Israel of New Rochelle dinner on May 17. Gary and Rachel Berger were guests of honor and Yvette Finkelstein received the Distinguished Leadership Award.

Early that morning, over


Westchester County Exec Marks Jewish Heritage Month

On Thursday, May 21, over 70 Westchester Jewish community leaders gathered via Zoom to celebrate Jewish History and Heritage month. In her opening remarks, Lisa Roberts stated, “We are grateful for our ongoing partnership with the Westchester County Executive, and we appreciate his time today, as well as Deputy County Executive


Riverdale Partnership Marks Yom Hazikaron

On Monday, April 27, the Riverdale community came together to observe the State of Israel’s Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron) with a virtual event hosted by the Riverdale Y. The program began with the sound of a piercing siren to mark a moment of silence.

Ambassador Dani Dayan, consul


Riverdale Commemorates Yom HaShoah

On April 20, the Riverdale community gathered virtually to commemorate Yom HaShoah. This event was coordinated by the Riverdale Partnership and the Riverdale Y.

The first speaker was Kathy Schriner, whose father was born in Austria, and her mother in Germany. They met in Switzerland in


Riverdale Y Hosts Virtual ‘Kef Babayit’ Pesach Camp

Starting on Chol Hamoed Pesach and ending on Isru Chag (Monday, April 13, through Friday, April 17), schools, shuls and other Jewish organizations partnered with the Riverdale Y to offer a free Zoom camp called Kef Babayit. From 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m, this camp was open to the entire community, offering its activities to any youth


NORPAC Hosts Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) in Riverdale

(Courtesy of NORPAC) On Sunday morning, Bryna and Joshua Landes of Riverdale hosted Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) for a NORPAC brunch event at their home.

Engel is the newly appointed chairman of the house foreign affairs committee, after having served as ranking member for many years under

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