This morning was a sad morning - we packed up the SukkahCycle and bid it farewell until next Sukkot.
Perhaps you heard my glee in explaining that fifty SukkahCycles were manufactured this year and sold around the world. Forty nine went to Chabad centers in various cities and on campus. And, one SukkahCycle went to a Conservative Synagogue… in Harrison, New York. If you didn’t see the contraption – our SukkahCycle is a custom-built adult tricycle with a platform on the back, large enough to hold a ritually-correctSukkah. Ours was complete with side paneling identifying the Cycle as belonging to our synagogue and even included plastic hanging fruit decorations, courtesy of the JCCH Sukkah decorating-team.
Welcome to our new website!
There’s a new spirit at the JCCH. With a new Rabbi, new programming, new innovations in our ECC and Religious School and a new main sanctuary, the JCCH is building on its rich heritage to better serve its congregants—spiritually, socially and educationally.
What better time to introduce a new website! Now our “virtual visitors” can enjoy a site that’s easy to navigate, easy to find the information they’re after and, we’d like to think, easy on the eyes. Have a look around.
Come capture the new spirit…on our site or, better still, on our campus. You’re always most welcome!
Click here to learn 10 things you should know about the JCCH.
The JCCH offers a full spectrum of programs at regular intervals throughout the year. Some revolve around religious themes; others are more secular in nature. All are carefully planned by our lay volunteers and staff, and are enthusiastically attended by various segments of our community: from children to singles to young parents to empty nesters. Our regularly scheduled programs include short story discussions, torah study classes, morning minyans and “Tot Shabbats.”
The JCCH calendar is punctuated with many exciting events. While several revolve around holidays, many others are of our own making and have become lasting traditions. We are particularly proud of our intergenerational celebrations. Events include Purim Spiels, “Hanukkah Hooplas,” guest lecturers, trips to museums, cooking demonstrations, and even Israeli wine tastings.
Upcoming Classes and Events
Wednesday, November 19th
10:30am - Hebrew Conversation with Judy Weinberg
8:00pm - Choir Practice
Thursday, November 20th
9:00am - Short Stories - This week's story "The Story of My Dovecot" by Issac Babel will led by Marty Katz is in the JCCH office for your reading pleasure.
9:30am - L'Chaim Sandwich makers
10:00am - Weekly Parasha with Reb Barbara
11:00am - Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class with Reb Barbara meets in the JCCH library
7:30pm - Texas Hold'em Tournament - Join the Mens' Club for a no limit Texas Hold'em Tournament. Men and Women, 21 years or older are invited to play. Entry fee is $150.00.
Friday, November 21st
12 Noon - Mabel & Harry Berman Mishpachah Program. Pizza lunch followed by story and craft activity for 3 & 4 year olds.
Guess Who's Coming to Shabbas? Why not host a Shabbat dinner with others from the JCCH? Strengthen our synagogue community and help build meaningful memories.
Sunday, November 23rd
11:30am - Kochavim & Kadimah Youth Groups are going to New Roc City for a day of Fun.
7:30pm - Book Club -"Death Angel" by Linda Fairstein led by Barbara Sommerfeld. New York Times best selling crime novelist Linda Fairstein explores the rich-and-little-known-history of New York City's Central Park in her latest Alexandra Cooper novel.
Monday, November 24th
7:30pm - Rosh Chodesh Kislev. Join the women of JCCH in celebrating the new month of Kislev with Reb Barbara at a congregant's home.
Monday, December 1st
7:45-9:15pm - Kaballah with Reb Barbara Paris
Wednesday, December 3rd
9:15am - Baby & Me at JCC
11:00am Current Events with Shari Baum
12 Noon - Club Wednesday with guest speaker Judy Weinberg
Erev Rosh Hashanah
1st Day Rosh Hashanah
1st Day Rosh Hashanah-Rabbi's Sermon
|Thurs, 9/25-1:00PM||1st Day Rosh Hashanah-Tashlich|
|Fri, 9/26-8:30AM||2nd Day Rosh Hashanah|
2nd Day Rosh Hashanah-Rabbi Sermon
|Fri, 10/3-6:15AM||Kol Nidre|
|Sat, 10/4-6:15PM||Yom Kippur|
Yom Kippur-Rabbi's Sermon
|Sat, 10/4-4:30PM||Yom Kippur-Mincha Service|
|Sat, 10/4-7:15PM||Tekiat Hashofar|
Note: 9/25 and 10/4-9AM
High Holiday Exploratory Services
Scholar in Residence Weekend
Rabbi Andrew Sacks
Please check the calendar for time and events
Holiday Boutique at the JCCH
and Book Fair
Sunday, December 7th 10am to 3pm
Great Merchandise for the Holidays!
30 terrific vendors!
Bring your shopping list and bring your friends!
all are welcome!
Don't forget your checkbook!!
Saturday Night, December 20th at 7:30pm
Another great party!
Same great DJ, new caterer for dinner!
Bouncy Castles in the gym!
Bring your dancing shoes and your Chanukiah and celebrate this Festival of Lights!
for cost per person and to RSVP
NEW THIS YEAR! “Music On Wheels” for babies and toddlers (Friday mornings) and “Super Soccer Stars” (Sundays)
Applications and detailed info for all our award-winning programs can be found under the "Education” tab on the Home Page.
REGISTRATION FOR 2015 NOW OPEN!
"The playground was where my Jewish identity was born."
Sofia G. (ECC graduate, 2014 Bat Mitzvah)
Kehila is the Hebrew word for “community.” It’s also the new name for the JCCH Congregational School comprising the Hebrew School, Religious School, High School and Family Education. Kehila is where individuals of various backgrounds and educational experience share the same fundamental mission of continuous and enlightened learning. We come together as a community, make new friendships, sustain old ones and, together, explore all that Judaism has to offer educationally, spiritually and socially. This defines Kehila at the JCCH.
Upon entering the doors of our school, walking through its halls, hearing holiday songs and class discussions and observing children’s art on the walls, we hope you’ll be struck by a feeling of warmth and belonging.
Our educators are committed to facilitating the connection between Jewish history, knowledge and time-honored traditions with contemporary Jewish life. We offer these opportunities to students of all ages through the study of text, scripture, music and the arts as well as open-ended discussions and hands-on learning experiences.
The classroom experience focuses on Hebrew with an emphasis on Teffilah, modern Hebrew, Torah study, Jewish history, holiday celebrations and cherished values. Extracurricular programs such as Family Shabbat Experience, Friday Night Dinners, Pizza Under the Sukkah, Building the Walls of Jerusalem with Lego, Israeli Dancing inject fun into the educational experience. Youth groups for children in second grade and up, family workshops and other school-wide events add to the sense of kehila.
We offer classes for kindergarten and first grade every Sunday from 9:00-11:30AM. Our 2nd-6th grade classes meet twice a week on Sundays from 9:00-11:30 AM and either Tuesday or Wednesday from 3:45-5:45PM. Seventh graders convene every Wednesday from 6:00-8:00PM for a pizza dinner and volunteer their services monthly on Sundays via various programs in the community. The 8th-10th graders meet on Wednesday from 6:00-8:00PM for a core class, electives, guest speakers and a pizza dinner. Rabbi Hammerman prides himself on his “connectivity” with our younger congregants and engages them both formally and informally in the classroom.
We are blessed with an accomplished and dedicated faculty and are extremely fortunate to have an active Board of Education devoted to the enrichment of our children and their families. We welcome any and all who appreciate the importance of Jewish education and wish to be part of our vital and vibrant kehila.