rosh hashanaTraditional Greetings for the Jewish Holidays: There are many ways to greet one another on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah – in addition to that always-appreciated hug! Here are the traditional Jewish greetings for the holiday season:

On Rosh Hashanah and before, you can say “Shanah tovah,” meaning “Happy [New] Year” or “Shanah Tovah Tikateivu” – “May you be inscribed [in the Book of Life] for a good year.”

  • Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, it is traditional to greet each other by saying “G’mar tov” – “May you finish well,” or “G’mar chatimah tovah” for “May you be signed [in the Book of Life] for good.”
  • On Yom Kippur, it is traditional to wish each other a “Tzom Kal,” an “Easy Fast.”
  • Finally, on Sukkot and Simchat Torah, we greet each other with “Chag Sameach!” – “Happy Holiday!”
  • Whatever language you choose, we hope that there will be many warm greetings between all at Jewish Family Congregation in the upcoming weeks. 

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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, progressive, and egalitarian, JFC is distinctive for being warm, embracing and intimate. With our innovative, creative and friendly Rabbi, Marcus Burstein, our very talented Cantor, Kerry Ben David, our award-winning educators in our religious school and early childhood center, JFC is a home of diverse families and singles, welcoming those of various ages and Jewish backgrounds as well as LGBT and interfaith households. We worship with energy, joy, reverence and beautiful music; explore and deepen our Jewish identities; share the happiest and most meaningful times in our 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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    Honey for Rosh HashanaWhat better way to wish family, friends and business associates a “Sweet and Healthy New Year” than sending honey?


    Place your honey order now!


    This distinctive 8-ounce jar of kosher honey arrives in time for the
    Rosh Hashanah holiday, decorated with a festive label, and includes a
    personalized card reading “L’Shana Tova—Wishing you a Healthy and Happy New Year.” This card also lets the recipients know that a donation has been made in their honor to JFC’s Sisterhood.

    Your cost is $10.00 per jar. There is a $4.00 shipping and handling fee for orders placed after July 21. 

    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      
    Sounding the Shofar at Rosh HaShanahThis year's High Holy Days, 2014/5775, are getting close, and as such, you will find all the information you need right here. Please click on the area below that you would like to learn more about: Schedule of services Guest Tickets Donations - Book of Remembrance - Flowers - Plaques Children's Services Honors To contact the Ritual Committee If you need a handicapped parking spot, please contact JFC Office in advance Wishing you and your loved ones a sweet 5775! We look forward to worshipping with you and your family during the High Holy Days and throughout the year on Shabbat and during other holidays and festivals.
    L'Shanah Tovah! For any problem with this page, please contact JFC's web administrator

    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


    Please join us for Shabbat services this Friday, September 19 at 7:30 pm. There will be free babysitting.

    Please join us for Shabbat services on Saturday, September 20, 10:30 am. Mazal Tov to Zachary Brand and his family on his becoming a Bar Mitzvah at this service.

    Selichot, Saturday, September 20, 8 pm. Come, gather for dessert, followed by Havdallah and Selichot services. Clergy from both JFC and TSI will lead services together.

    Religious School and Youth Programs This Week

    Religious School


    1. Religious School registration update: Class lists for all K through 7 registrants have been established and all personal requests have been honored. For families who have not yet enrolled their child/ren, please do so as soon as possible; we will do our best to honor all incoming requests but cannot guarantee placement at this time. We look forward to a very special school year with many new and returning students.

    2. Back to School Reminder for Parents:
    1. Students need to bring a healthy snack to Religious School for grades K-7 (no nuts or tree nuts, please).
    2. We encourage a weekly donation of any amount to our Tzedakah Program.
    3. All students are given a kippah to wear each time we meet for services and music in the sanctuary. These cotton kippot are washed according to NYS Health Department standards every time they are used, without exception, as we believe these sanitary measures are in the best interest of our families.
    4. Class lists will be emailed before the start of school.
    5. Click here for first day of school dates.

    3. Register now for the Religious School Challah Program for the 2014-15 school year. Click here to access flyer.

    4. Click here for 2014-15 Religious School Calendar.

    5. STARS Flyer can be found here.

    6. Kids Knesset - Student Government Program for grades K-6. Meetings take place Thursdays and Sundays during the Religious School year. Complete form to volunteer.

    Religious School registration is in full swing for the 2014-15 school year and we invite you to register your grade K-12 student and Youth Group member as soon as possible as classes are being planned at this time. Thank you.
    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.

    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.
    • Summer Rate: April 11, 2014 and after

    Register on here and save a tree!

    •  Click here for the Religious School calendar.

    •  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

     1.Join us for our Back to School Picnic on Friday, September 12, from 10:00-12:00 pm. You will have the chance to visit your classrooms, meet your teachers, and pick your cubby.

    2. The first day of school is Monday, September 15 at 9:15 am. If you need an early drop off any day, you must sign up on the clipboard in front of Jane's office. We can't wait to see you all, and hear the building filled with the sounds of children.

    3. If you are interested in volunteering to help in our classroom, we would love to have some special guests. Please call Jane Emmer today at 914-763-3028 andlet her know if you would like to come cook, be a mystery reader, or share a special project with our school.

    4. Register now for the ECC Challah program for the 2014-2015 School year. 


    Back To School

    contact Jane Emmer at 914-763-3028 x 15.











    Upcoming Events


    7:30pm Sep.19.2014 - 8:30pm Sep.19.2014 Shabbat services, free babysitting


    Sep.20.2014 10:30am - 12:30pm Shabbat service including Zachary Brand Bar Mitzvah


    Sep.20.2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm Selichot


    Sep.24.2014 Erev Rosh HaShana


    7:30pm Sep.24.2014 - 8:30pm Sep.24.2014 Rosh Hashanah Evening service


    Sep.25.2014 - Sep.26.2014 JFC Office Closed

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