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Welcome to the online home of Jewish Family Congregation
—a unique and vital center of Jewish life in Northern Westchester County. Small and energetic, welcoming and progressive, JFC is distinctive for being warm, embracing and intimate. With our innovative, creative and friendly Rabbi, Marcus Burstein, our remarkably talented Cantor, Kerry Ben David, our award-winning educators and our magnificent choir, JFC is the place where a remarkably diverse congregation of families and singles—young and more mature—worship with energy, joy, reverence and beautiful music; explore and deepen their Jewish identities; share the happiest and most meaningful times in their lives; support one another in times of sadness and challenge; and grow and learn as Jews, residents of Westchester and citizens of the global community.

Please take the time to explore our website and to get an inkling, if only virtually, of what makes JFC so special. If you're intrigued and want to learn more, please accept our invitation to get to know us in person by being our guest for Shabbat services some Friday evening or Saturday morning, by sitting in on a torah study class, by attending one of our many special programs, by checking out our JFC history project, all of which you can explore preliminarily on our website. Or feel free to call one of us to chat or drop by to meet our Rabbi, our Cantor and our teachers.

One way or another, on-line or in person, spend some time with us and see why we're all so proud to call JFC our home.

Glenn Kurlander and Hal Wolkin, co-Presidents
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03-14 Special Friends WebSpecial Friends is a program where interested children between ages 5 - 15 pair up with an interested adult from JFC. Created by Jasper Gitlitz this program's purpose is to form a bond between generations and to enhance the sense of community here at JFC. Click here for more information. Complete the child survey here and the adult survey here. Read more.
Burstein-web2 Rabbi Marcus L. Burstein, D.Min. joined Jewish Family Congregation in the summer of 2013. He has served most recently as a Rabbi at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, New York. Previously he served as a Union Rabbi for the East District of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) where he helped congregations in the areas of clergy placement, contracts, conflict resolution, visioning, and leadership development.   Meet Rabbi Burstein      

Contributions in all amounts help support a wide variety of projects and programs at Jewish Family Congregation. Gifts are a wonderful way to celebrate a special event, a birthday, an anniversary, the arrival of a child, or to honor a life. Learn more about Giving at Jewish Family Congregation.

Temple Programs This Week

Temple

  •  Please join us for Shabbat  services, Friday, April 18 at 7:30 pm. We will be reading from Parshat Chol Hamoed Pesach.

 

  •  Erev 7th Day Passover services, Sunday, April 20, 7 pm. Yikzor prayers will be read. Clergy from Temple Shearith Israel will join Rabbi Burstein and Cantor Ben-David in leading services. please help us host our sister congregation at JFC.

Religious School and Youth Programs This Week

Religious School

New K/1 Experience, Sunday mornings 10:15 - 12 noon starting Fall 2014. For students unable to attend Thursday afternoons, this program will feature several inter-generational opportunities with older students.
To register click here or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.
 
  • Grade 6 trip to the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Sunday, March 30, leaving JFC at 9 am returning to JFC at approximately 2 pm. Grades 4 and 5 at JFC (no service on this date, special class programming).

 

Click here for Religious School forms. Please be sure to complete a Health and Safety form for each student and return to JFC at your earliest convenience.
If you prefer to download the form, print, fill and return to the office, click here.




2014-15 Religious School Registration is open. Registration periods are:

 

  • Regular Rate: March 7 - April 10, 2014
  • Summer Rate: April 11, 2014 and after

Register on here and save a tree!
 


  •  Click here for Religious School hours this week.

  •  The Religious School Presents: The Bridge,  A Program for Students (and Parents)… Enrolled Grades K-3  We are offering a one-hour program as a bridge between the secular school day and Religious School on Thursdays in the Green Room from 3:15 - 4:15 pm.  The program will be run by JFC teacher Rona Salpeter. The fee is $10 for one child, $18 for two children per session. Payment due at end of school year. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  •  Special Friends is a program where interested children between ages 5 - 15 pair up with an interested adult from JFC. Created by Jasper Gitlitz this program's purpose is to form a bond between generations and to enhance the sense of community here at JFC. Click here for more information. Complete the child survey here and the adult survey here. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with any questions.

 



 
 

Early Childhood Center This Week

 




 

Summer Fun Registration is also available on our website. This year we will offer a 7-week program.  We have fun outside and really enjoy our 10 acres of land. If you have any questions please feel free to give Jane Emmer a call at 914-763-3028 extension 15.

In the Blue Room, we are trying to get ready for spring, but the weather is not always cooperating. We made flowers for our garden bulletin boarod. We are watching our bean seeds grow and poke through the soil. This is so exciting.

 

In the Yellow Room, we discovered a whole box of tools. We are busy learning how each one works. Dinosaurs are roaming all over our classroom. We love to sing the song "There's a Dinosaur Knocking at My Door".

 

 

Upcoming Events at Jewish Family Congregation

  •  Please join us on Saturday, April 27 from 10- 11 am as we present Holocaust speaker, Lola Margulies. Lola was born in Poland and was eleven years old when the German army invaded her town. Hear her story and learn more. This program is sponsored by the Religious School and arrangements for the speaker were made by JFC's own Dawn Kessler. We recommend attendees be 12 and older.

 

  • Morris Glass (father of congregant Michelle Blum). Holocaust survivor, shares his memories at JFC, May 3, 7:30 pm. Tickets are free but seats must be reserved. Please register here.

 

  •  Join us for the end of year Carnival, open to all, on Sunday, May 4. Hosted by the religious School, carnival starts at 11 am. We will have many groups here that day, including representatived from JFAB, who will be sharing information about different ways to make the world a better place including: Ben's Bells of Newtown offering an interactive art project, The Smile Train, Jr. Newtown Action Alliance and Hope's Door.

Volunteers Needed

  •  The Men's group is looking for a few volunteers to help set up and grill for the May 2 BBQ. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help.

 

  •  WJCS Chavurah Group Home Shabbat, Saturday, April 26, 2 - 3:30 pm. Snacks will be served after a short Shabbat sing-a-long. Volunteers needed to help serve, visit with the guests and clean up afterwards. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help.

 

  • Elyse and Heather Sherr are collecting new stuffed anilmals for Hope's Door. Donation bin is located in the entry way and donations will be accepted until May 4. 

Upcoming Events

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Apr.25.2014 11:00am - 12:00pm Shabbat Open House for ECC

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7:30pm Apr.25.2014 - 8:30pm Apr.25.2014 Shabbat Services Yom HaShoah Observance with Choir

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Apr.26.2014 10:00am - 12:00pm Shabbat service including Jordan Schwartz's Bar Mitzvah

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Apr.26.2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm Chavurah Program: JFC hosts Jewish Group Homes for Shabbat

MAY
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7:30pm May.01.2014 - 9:30pm May.01.2014 Board Meeting

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5:30pm May.02.2014 - 8:00pm May.02.2014 JFC Family Open House Shabbat BBQ

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