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Affordable Healing Act PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 December 2013 11:21

By Deborah Bers: Seneca the Younger (4BCE – ACE 65), in On the Healing Power of the Mind, said, ”Nothing…refreshes and aids a sick man so much as the affection of his friends.”  We often feel at a loss when friends or family members are seriously ill or injured, because it is often the case that there is little (we believe) that we can do to be of help.  But there really is something we can do that can be healing for both the patient and the well-wisher.

During Torah reading on Shabbat and at weekday minyan services, there is a pause when the Torah is covered and the rabbi asks for the names of people who are in need of healing.  This is an invitation to have the name of a friend or relative who is ailing mentioned during the recitation of the MiShebeirach Prayer.  Usually the person’s Hebrew name, along with his or her mother’s name, is used, but the English name is also acceptable.

The translation of the MiShebeirach prayer is as follows:

May the One who blessed our ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah, bless and heal the one who is ill: ____ son/daughter of ____.  May the Holy One, blessed be God, shower abundant mercies upon him/her.  Merciful one, restore him/her, heal him/her, strengthen him/her, enliven him/her.  Send him/her speedily a complete healing of body and healing of soul, together with all who are ill, soon, without delay; and let us say: Amen.

Coming to shul and assuring that a loved one’s name is read during the Mishebeirach prayer is an opportunity for anyone, regardless of education or religious involvement, to do something spiritually helpful for both him/herself and the person who is ill.


Last Updated ( Friday, 06 December 2013 11:26 )
Non-Jews in the Bible PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 October 2013 12:45

Non-Jews in the Bible and in our Lives: What does it mean to welcome the stranger, the ger toshav who stands at our gates? Thursdays at 10:00am

By Barbara Paris: The class will be held at 10:00am on Thursdays and will begin by examining the non Israelite characters in the Torah and other sacred texts. We will look at their relationships with the Jewish people and their contributions to our people.   For example:

Who was the first non Jew to bless us?

Who was the first gentile woman to save a Jewish baby?

Who were the gentiles who repented after acknowledging our God?

What gentile fought for the Israelites?

Who was the first gentile Zionist?

What motivated a gentile contractor to build Solomon’s Temple?

We will also discuss what we can learn from these role models that we can take forward into our own lives and our relationships with non-Jews

Time permitting we will also learn about righteous gentiles during the Holocaust and study what the Christian texts and the Koran say about “the other”.

(Special thanks to my teacher Rabbi Salkin for his inspiration for this class)

Last Updated ( Friday, 04 October 2013 12:52 )
Conversations, Connections, and Community PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 21:07


By now you will have received "Conversations, Connections, and Community." We hope you have had the chance to peruse our new brochure and take notice of the many and varied resources on offer at the JCCH.  You may also download the document by clicking the link below.

Most of our classes, programs, and volunteer opportunities begin in October, so please make the time and commitment to join us. As you will see from the rich menu enclosed, there's something delicious for everyone. 



Conversations, Connections, and Community 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 October 2012 21:11 )
Deepen Your Understanding of our Tradition PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 August 2012 08:40
 Interested in exploring Judaism from the ground up? Are you a lifelong Jew looking for a survey course on our history, theology and practice? Are you a non-Jew who wants to learn more about our ancient heritage? If you answered “YES” to any of these questions then mark your calendar for next year’s Introduction to Judaism class! This 18-session course will cover Jewish history, holidays, prayer, life-cycle, theology and ethics. It will be a comprehensive survey course designed for everyone looking to deepen their understanding of our traditions.


This is course will be open to the entire community and the faculty will include Rabbi Howard Goldsmith, Rabbi Jaymee Alpert (KTI), Rabbi Aubrey Glazer (JCCH), Rabbi Daniel Groper (Community Synagogue of Rye), and Rabbi Dena Klein (Chavurat Tikvah). It will run on Thursdays from 7:30-9:30pm beginning October 18, 2012. The cost will be $180. per student.  To register or for more information, contact WAJE Director Nina Luban, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (914) 328-7001. 
WJCS Jewish Spiritual Healing Center Presents… PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 March 2012 11:04

Explore Your Authentic Self Through Art – Spiritual art exploration can reveal the shape and form of your inner life.  Together, we will explore topics including our role as co-creators with the Creative force of the Universe and being created in the image of the Divine.  Focusing on the process and not the product, our intention is not to create beautiful art, but to use basic art materials to explore our inner selves.  Art experience is not required.

                                       Facilitated by Elyssa Wortzman at the JCC of Mid-WestchesterThursdays, April 26 and May 24. 10:00am – 12 Noon

Suggested donation $ 54

To register, contact Rabbi Pamela Wax at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (914) 761-0600.
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