Check your email – especially in the Season of Miracles.
On a busy Tuesday morning here at the JCCH – Hanukkah was to begin that evening - I was on the phone when an email came in from an address I didn’t recognize: Hanukkah2RSVP@who.eop.gov.
Should I open it? I suppose. The attachment was a bit fuzzy but, when I looked closely, I realized what it so clearly was – an unbelievable invitation from President and Mrs. Obama requesting the “pleasure of my company” at a Hanukkah Reception at the White House. The very next day at 6:30 PM. Could I make it? Of course I could!
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.
February 13th - 17th: Ein Yael Living Museum comes to the JCCH!
Monday, February 23rd
Friday, February 27th
Saturday, February 28th
Shabbat Morning Service
Community A Cappella Concert featuring
Saturday, February 28th at 7pm
Dessert Reception to follow
All are welcome. Please RSVP (914) 835-2850
Mike Kelly, Author and Journalist,
discusses his new book,
"The Bus on Jaffa Road"
Sunday, March 1st at 7pm
PROFESSOR AND LEADING AUTHORITY ON WOMEN'S JEWISH STUDIES
COMES TO THE JCCH
Monday, March 9th at 7:30pm
Feminist Commentary on the Babylonian Talmud
Followed by Q & A
and Dessert Reception
Purim at the JCCH!
Wednesday, March 4th at 6:30pm: COSTUME PARADE followed by the MEGILLAH READING
Saturday, March 7th at 8:30pm: PURIMSPEIL Uptown Downtown or My Feh Lady
Sunday, March 8th: 11:00am - 1:00pm PURIM CARNIVAL
A WEEKEND OF CELEBRATION!
April 24-26, 2015
Honoring our Past; Embracing our Future
Friday, April 24th:
Meet David Moss, Artist in Residence
5:30pm -6:30pm: Artist Workshop
6:30pm: Kabbalat Services followed by Dinner
Saturday, April 25th:
9:30am: Shabbat Services followed by luncheon with Artist "Show & Tell"
7:00pm: Cocktails, Hors d'oeuvres and Havdallah followed by a Congregant Hosted Progressive Dinner
Sunday, April 26th:
10:00am: Multi-Generational Parade
10:45am: Dedication of the Javitch Sanctuary and Installation of Eytan Hammerman as the Sixth Rabbi of the JCCH
11:30am: Celebratory Collation with Music
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.