Super Sunday at UJA Federation of New York - Westchester
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Putting up Sukkah at Purchase College
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JCC Day of Chesed
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Israeli dancing at Klezmanukkah.
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Hillel at Purchase
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Hillels of Westchester reaches out to Westchester Community College
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Students celebrate Jewish holidays and culture.
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Lunch N' Learn with Rabbi Jeff Brown
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Purchase students "Stand with Israel."
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Israel Shabbat at Sarah Lawrence College.
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Chanukah at Pace - Pleasantville
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Purchase College Klezmer Ensemble at Klezmanukah.
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Westchester families welcome Hillel students for shabbat.
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Hebrew Home in New Rochelle
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Swimming at Ein Gedi.
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Spring break trip to New Orleans to help Katrina rebuilding.
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Shabbat dinner at Manhattanville College.
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Hillels of Westchester Birthright Photo Exhibit now at the JCC of Mid Westchester

 Hillels of Westchester takes great pride in presenting the first Kronish Enrichment Grant in loving memory of Herb and Doris Kronish. This year the grant will focus on the power of photography as an expression of the personal journeys of dozens of Westchester college students who experience Israel through Taglit Birthright. The winning photographers are Alex Bellink, Ethan Behling, Rachel Eydlish, Anna Gleicher, Brandon Goldenberg, Riana Goren, Asha Kapengut, Hannah Salzberg, Rachel Severinovsky, and Jeremy Slocum. The photo exhibit is current on display at the JCC of Mid Westchester through May 30th. Subsequent exhibits will follow this Fall at the JCC on the Hudson and the Rosenthal JCC.

 
El Al Flight Attendants Visit Hillels of Westchester

On Wednesday February 19th, four fight attendants from El Al paid a visit to Hillels of Westchester. It was an opportunity for students to talk informally with these uniquely trained individuals. Hadar Cohen, Danny Klein, Dov Goldenberg, Hilla Izhar talked about their backgrounds growing up in Israel, as well as how they have been received in other countries.

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A new semester of Israel Programming thanks to our Westchester Shaliach and our Israel Interns

Hillels of Westchester is so fortunate this year to have a dynamic young Shaliach (emissary) funded by private donations and UJA Federation of New York. The Shaliach, Yoav Cohen was born in South Africa and moved to Israel at age 12. Yoav participated in our first community Chesed project at Kids Kloset in White Plains. He has also hosted a shabbat dinner at his apartment. Our two new Israel interns are Jeremy Lipsin (Sarah Lawrence junior) and Liron Goldring (Purchase College first year).

This is the third year Hillels of Westchester students have participated in a program supported by a grant from HOW board member Betsy Woolf and named in memory of her parents Joseph H. and Evelyn M. Woolf. The program has had a great impact on Westchester Hillel students. Last year's Sarah Lawrence Israel intern is currently one of six HOW graduates who have chosen to live in Israel after graduation. On Tuesday October 22nd Liron Goldring led an Israel cooking class in the Purchase College Hillel lounge. Other planned Israel programs include faculty presentations, film showings, Israeli dancing and visits to the "Compromised Land" art exhibit at the Neuberger Museum and Birthright trips in December and June. ,

 

 

Hillel and Solomon Schechter High School sponsor annual College Fair

On Sunday October 20th, over 100 representatives from colleges and universities from around the country and Israel gathered at the Solomon Schechter campus in Hartsdale. Hillels of Westchester staff provided information about Hillel's role as an orgaization on college campuses. They also discussed their role at five colleges in Westchester. Also pictured is Hillels of Westchester board Vice President Mark Teich who represented his alma mater, Dickenson College.

Hillel students help Kids Kloset

On Tuesday evening October 8th, Hillels of Westchester students sorted clothes at Kids Kloset in White Plains, Kids Kloset is a volunteer organization that collects new and lightly used childrens clothing and distributes the clothes to needy families in Westchester. The event has been organized by HOW board member Joy Avidan, and was attended by around twenty students from Sarah Lawrence, Purchase and Manhattanville Colleges. Rabbi Aubrey Glazer of the JCC of Harrison spoke to students about opportunities to serve the community during the hebrew month of Cheshvan. Also in attendance was Nancy Zaro, Stuart Kolbert and the new Israeli Shaliach, Yoav Cohen. Both Hillels of Westchester and Kids Kloset are agencies supported by UJA Federation of New York. This is the second Hillel tzedek project in a month. The other was a Purchase College Midnight Run on September 23rd and  a Sarah Lawrence College Midnight Run on October 9th. because so many students found this experience so rewarding, Purchase College students will return to Kids Kloset on October 24th, and Sarah Lawrence students are having a second Midnight Run on November 13th.

Upcoming High Holiday Schedule

Students from all of our campuses may attend High Holiday Services led by Rabbinic Intern Samantha Natov as follows:

Rosh Hashanah Evening at Purchase College

- Service at 6:30 PM September 4th in the Commuter Lounge (Campus Center North)

- Dinner in Campus Center North following Services. Students planning to attend the dinner should email Hillel Program Associate, Ethan Behling, at ethan@hillelsofwestchester.org so we can plan for food.      

Students from Purchase College and Manhattanville College may also attend services for the remainder of the holidays (free) at Purchase College through the Community Synagogue of Rye (Reform) which uses the Performing Arts Center. Students need to present their More Card or college ID card to attend.

September 5th – Services begin at 10:00 AM

September 13th – Kol Nidre services at 8:00 PM

September 14th – Yom Kippur services at 10:00 AM.

For schedule updates please visit their website at www.comsynrye.org

 

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at Sarah Lawrence College

Students from Sarah Lawrence can join us at Purchase College for services and dinner - Wednesday Sept. 4th at 6:30 PM Services and dinner in Commuter Lounge in Campus Center North following Services. Students planning to attend the dinner should email Hillel Program Associate, Ethan Behling, at ethan@hillelsofwestchester.org     

- Thursday Sept. 5th 10:30 AM Services in Bates Meeting Room, Bates Student Center at Sarah Lawrence College; Tashlich (walk to Bronx River weather permitting) at 2:30 PM and dinner at 6:00 PM in the Bates Faculty Dining Room.

- Friday Sept. 13th  Dinner at 5:30 PM in the Bates Faculty Dining Hall, followed by Kol Nidre Services at 7:30 PM in Bates Meeting Room, Bates Student Center.

-Saturday Sept. 14th 10:30 AM Morning Yom Kippur Morning Services, followed by afternoon discussions and 7:00 PM Neilah Services in Bates Meeting Room followed by “Break the Fast” in the Faculty Dining Room – all in Bates Student Bates Student Center, Sarah Lawrence College.

Hillels of Westchester welcomes Riana Goren

 Riana Goren is our new Program Associate. Riana was very active in Social Action programming at Muhlenberg Hillel. She has led Alternative Spring break trips to New Orleans. Her studies in special education led her to Gan Aviv Center for Children with Autism in Rishon Letziyon, Israel. After college Riana became a community organizer for the Obama campaign in Virginia. By her own admission "My  professional path to date might be considered somewhat unconventional.  My experience as a community organizer allowed me to motivate many college age students to turn out the vote for President Obama in Prince William county Virginia. We were successful in turning a historically Republican county blue. While I was not the most traditionally active student at Muhlenberg Hillel, it was there that I found myself, and through the experiences I had and relationships I formed, became who I am. I was raised in a Conservative Jewish family by my American mother and Israeli father.  I was taught the values of tikkun olam from the time I was very young.  My parents instilled in me the importance of helping those less fortunate, of working hard and being kind, and of being grateful for what I have. "   

 

 Riana Goren is our new Program Associate. Riana was very active in Social Action programming at Muhlenberg Hillel. She has led Alternative Spring break trips to New Orleans. Her studies in special education led her to Gan Aviv Center for Children with Autism in Rishon Letziyon, Israel. After college Riana became a community organizer for the Obama campaign in Virginia. By her own admission "My  professional path to date might be considered somewhat unconventional.  My experience as a community organizer allowed me to motivate many college age students to turn out the vote for President Obama in Prince William county Virginia. We were successful in turning a historically Republican county blue. While I was not the most traditionally active student at Muhlenberg Hillel, it was there that I found myself, and through the experiences I had and relationships I formed, became who I am. I was raised in a Conservative Jewish family by my American mother and Israeli father.  I was taught the values of tikkun olam from the time I was very young.  My parents instilled in me the importance of helping those less fortunate, of working hard and being kind, and of being grateful for wh

Rabbi Bronstein presents a pre-Shavuot Lunch N' Learn "From Matzah to Cheesecake - from broken to whole."

On Wednesday May 1st, a large group of students gathered for bagels, lox and cheesecake and a discussion with Rabbi Bronstein of Congregation Bet Am Shalom. Rabbi Bronstein, a HOW board member and father of a soon-to-be college graduate, spoke about the "broken pieces" of matzah that are symbolic in the Passover seder. The connection was also made with Shavuot and Moses breaking the tablets at Sinai in anger. "We all make mistakes. Like the  broken afikomen, we all have broken pieces we carry around with us all our life. Think of your broken pieces as shards in a box that you need to acknowledge and accept. It is part of who we are." Students read text from the Torah and discussed the need to have or create a community of acceptance and support.

Meet the Hillels of Westchester Summer Birthright Staff

Our June Birthright trip will be led by Harrison NY native Jennifer Apple and our Engagement Associate Ethan Behling. Jennifer attended Ramaz and spent a year in Israel before college. She is a 2012 graduate of Muhlenberg College. Our summer bus of 40 is full.

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