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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!  

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Important Announcements

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.

Weekly Programs

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.”

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Religious Services

While we pride ourselves in our cultural, social and educational programming, the heart of the JCCH is its religious life.   Our services are carefully designed to enrich lives, touch souls and create community.  We have musical services, traditional services, large sanctuary services, intimate lay-led chapel services, kids’ services and twice-weekly minyanim.  Everyone, member or not, is always welcome.

Happenings

Synagogue Happenings

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 Feb 16th and Tuesday February 17th:  Two day mini vacation "camp" for children grades K-6 with Ein Yael's counselors, and bring the past to life with ancient Israel Crafts, include pita making, pottery, archeology and more
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 Monday, February 23rd

  • 7:30pm - Rosh Chodesh Group

  Friday, February 27th

  • 5:45pm - Share-a-Shabbat for 2-5 year olds

Saturday, February 28th              

  • 7:00pm- Community A Cappella Concert with Pizmon at the JCCH followed by Dessert Reception. 
 

 

 

Thursday, 2/19--7AM

 

Minyan

Friday, 2/20--8PM

 

 

 Kabbalat Shabat

 

 

 

 

Saturday, 2/21--9:30AM

 

 

Shabbat Morning Service

 

 

 

Sunday, 2/22--9AM

 

 

 

Minyan

   

 

 

Community A Cappella Concert featuring

PIZMON

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


 TAL ILAN

 PROFESSOR AND LEADING AUTHORITY ON WOMEN'S JEWISH STUDIES 

COMES TO THE JCCH 

Monday, March 9th at 7:30pm

Discussion topic:

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