I write to you this month to ask for your vote. Yes, really – your vote.
You may not know that there is an important election going on right now in the Jewish world, an election where each one of us has the right to vote. It is the World Zionist Organization (WZO) elections and I am on the ballot as a delegate, representing you and representing Conservative Judaism. Please – right now – go to votemercaz.org, register, note my name on Slate #2, then vote for our entire slate, for Conservative Judaism (Slate #2).
Now that I’ve asked for your vote, I owe you some background into why this matters.
In remembrance of Yom Hashoa,
The JCCH is pleased to present the
Third Annual Holocaust Exhibit
March 24th through April 17th.
Created with love, care and sensitivity by the Ifrah family, this marvelous exhibit uses various visuals, props and stories to describe and bring home both the pain and inspiration of the Holocaust. It is suitable for children and, in fact, is a most appropriate way to introduce them to this significant part of our history.
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.
Thursday, April 2nd
Friday, April 3rd
Friday, April 10th
Saturday, April 11th
Erev Passover; no evening service
Service (1st day Passover)
Service (2nd day Passover)
Wednesday, March 18th at 6:00pm
Special screening of the movie:
Beneath the Helmet
Open to all!
TUESDAY, MARCH 24TH AT 7:30PM
AJC AND THE JCCH
PRESENTS A TMELY DISCUSSION OF THE ISRAELI ELECTION
FEATURING DAVID HARRIS, AJC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Saturday Morning, March 21st at 9:30am
Mens' Club Shabbat
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 SPRING and FALL! “Gym 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!
NEW for Fall! Extended calendar, afternoon enrichment hours, hot lunch, Sunday morning program for 3's and 4's.
"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.
Our Passover learning culminates with a "Taste of Passover", sing-a-long with Bobby Doowah and a Pesach Obstacle Course. Please join us if you would like to check out our Early Childhood Center - we would love to meet you!!
Nature is all around us – particularly in the setting of the beautiful grounds of the JCCH. In the ECC we consciously take advantage of our surroundings in planning and implementing the curriculum for all age groups. Two weeks ago, I took part in a Director’s Seminar as part of the “Insite-ful Journeys” series sponsored by the Jewish Education Project. We visited the Chai Center preschool in Dix Hills to learn about their use of outdoor space and the natural environment. While the purpose of the visit was to learn about how others are integrating the natural world in to their program, I also find these visits invaluable for the feedback it gives us about what we are doing well in our own and how our interaction with nature is a reflection of our Jewish values.
For example, each spring we plant an organic container garden. In consultation with Cornell Cooperative Extension, we chose seeds that would grow well in containers and provide the children with an edible crop while they are either in school or the summer program. To date, we have narrowed our successes to cherry tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, string beans, snow peas and carrots. Zucchini remains a puzzling challenge! The seeds planted in late spring have yielded string beans and tomatoes that the children eat right off the vine during the summer. (Yes, the parents couldn’t believe it, either!) But studies have shown that the closer the children feel connected to the growing cycle of plants, and the more they feel that they have had a hand in the success of that growth, the more likely they are to try and enjoy eating the results.
In the fall we began school with a harvest of more tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots. Plenty to enjoy at snack time and plenty to share as a gift to welcome Rabbi Hammerman and his family to Harrison. (See the photo in the hallway of the ECC.) We also tried planting pumpkin seeds, also without luck. It seems that vines prefer to grow in the ground, rather than in containers. But this did not stop us from exploring pumpkins both inside and out, in every age group. Pumpkins were rolled, cut open, hammered and painted on. The seeds were scooped out, toasted and snacked on. The empty pumpkins were examined and the 4’s hypothesized – their word- that if you pour soil into the hollowed out shell, a new pumpkin will grow – stay tuned!
With our container garden finished for the winter, there is the opportunity to bring nature indoors and see another way that plants can grow. Winter crops such as radishes, lettuce and alfalfa sprouts are being started from seed. In a month or so, we hope to harvest a salad for all the children to eat. Why not, as the children just made mashed potatoes from potatoes grown in their window sill terrarium. Stop by and join us for snack anytime – it may be a day when we are eating “from farm to table”!