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Rabbi Hammerman's Corner

Several months ago, I was invited to serve as Chaplain of the Harrison Volunteer Fire Department.  Apparently, the former (Christian) chaplain of the Department had retired from the position and they were looking to fill the post.  Having served in and enjoyed this role with both the Mahopac and Mahopac Falls volunteer fire departments in the past, I happily accepted this invitation.  Several members of the JCCH were present as I was introduced to the Department at their Installation of Officers ceremony back in January where I gave the introductory and closing prayers.  Indeed, that is mostly what a Chaplain does – delivering invocations, benedictions and the like.

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Important Announcements

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.  

 

Click here to see the YouTube video

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. 

Thursday, April 23rd

  • 9:00am - Short Stories:  This week's "Sonny's Blues by James Baldwin" led by Baila Shargel is in the JCCH office for your reading pleasure.
  • 10:00am - Barbara Paris, Senior Rabbinic Intern will be Exploring the Prophets: Ancient Teachings: Modern Values.  Learn what it means to be a prophet, how they were recruited, what were their messages and what does it mean for us as Jews today.  All are welcome.
  • 11:00am - Adult B'not Mitzvah Class.

 Tuesday, April 28th

  • 3:30pm - Sisterhood is going to JTS to attend 2 panel discussions commemorating 30 years of women in the Jewish Theological Seminary. 
  • 7:00pm Rabbi Shargel's Movies Series with discussion to follow!

Wednesday, April 29th

  • 10:30am - Hebrew Conversation with Judy

Thursday, April 30th

  • 7:30pm - Interfaith Congregational Laymen's Committee of Harrison (ICLC) at the Veteran's Memorial Building, 210 Halstead Avenue, Harrison.  ICLC presents a clergy discussion with Rabbi Hammerman and other Harrison clergy: "How Do I Deal With the World Today (Looking for Hope)".  All are welcome.

Saturday, May 2nd

  • 9:30am - Adult  Bat Mitzvah Service - Mazel Tov to Marjorie Margolis, Bea Goldstein, Ellen Kaidanow, Beth Gilbert, Jane Alpert, Jenny Schwartz, Dawn Berman, Hyla Ruby on the occasion of their Adult Bat Mitzvah.
  • 7:30pm - Interfaith Congregational Laymen's Committee of Harrison (ICLC) at the Veteran's Memorial Building, 210 Halstead Avenue, Harrison.  ICLC presents a clergy discussion with Rabbi Hammerman and other Harrison clergy: "How Do I Deal With the World Today (Looking for Hope)".  All are welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

Thurs., 4/23--7AM

 

 

Minyan

 

Fri., 4/24--5:30PM

                 --6:30PM

 Special Workshop

 Musical Shabbat

 

 

Sat., 4/25--9:30AM

 

 

Service

 

 

 

Sun., 4/26--9:00AM

 

 

 

Minyan

   

 

 

   Maggie Anton

award-winning author of historical fiction series Rashi's Daughters

discusses her latest novel, Enchantress

Wednesday, April 15th at noon


Film Series with Rabbi Shargel!

Tuesday Evenings, April 14, 21 & 28 at 7:00pm


 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 Dinner

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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


Special sceening of the movie documentary

THE STURGEON QUEENS

Sunday, May 3, 2014 at 7:00pm

 Q & A with Abby and Bonnie Wiener


Over Sixty & Single Mixer

May 19 at 7:30pm