Tuesday, July 07, 2020

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Israel and New York Present Joint COVID-19 Program

On May 20, the Consulate General of Israel in New York and Unit 669 of the Israel Air Force’s Airborne Combat, Search and Rescue squad hosted a virtual discussion, “Combating the Coronavirus in Israel and New York.” The event was moderated by Tal Heinrich, an Israeli journalist and anchor.


Riverdale Y Meets Community Needs During COVID-19

Emily Hausman accepted the position as the director of early childhood education at the Riverdale Y in June 2017, never anticipating the path her job would follow less than three years later. COVID-19 happened. Schools were closed on March 16. Hausman received a call from the Department of Education (DOE)


YI of New Rochelle Hosts First Virtual—and 53rd Annual—Dinner

More than 250 devices tuned in to the first virtual and 53rd annual Young Israel of New Rochelle dinner on May 17. Gary and Rachel Berger were guests of honor and Yvette Finkelstein received the Distinguished Leadership Award.

Early that morning, over


Westchester County Exec Marks Jewish Heritage Month

On Thursday, May 21, over 70 Westchester Jewish community leaders gathered via Zoom to celebrate Jewish History and Heritage month. In her opening remarks, Lisa Roberts stated, “We are grateful for our ongoing partnership with the Westchester County Executive, and we appreciate his time today, as well as Deputy County Executive


Riverdale Partnership Marks Yom Hazikaron

On Monday, April 27, the Riverdale community came together to observe the State of Israel’s Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron) with a virtual event hosted by the Riverdale Y. The program began with the sound of a piercing siren to mark a moment of silence.

Ambassador Dani Dayan, consul


Riverdale Commemorates Yom HaShoah

On April 20, the Riverdale community gathered virtually to commemorate Yom HaShoah. This event was coordinated by the Riverdale Partnership and the Riverdale Y.

The first speaker was Kathy Schriner, whose father was born in Austria, and her mother in Germany. They met in Switzerland in


Riverdale Y Hosts Virtual ‘Kef Babayit’ Pesach Camp

Starting on Chol Hamoed Pesach and ending on Isru Chag (Monday, April 13, through Friday, April 17), schools, shuls and other Jewish organizations partnered with the Riverdale Y to offer a free Zoom camp called Kef Babayit. From 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m, this camp was open to the entire community, offering its activities to any youth


NORPAC Hosts Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) in Riverdale

(Courtesy of NORPAC) On Sunday morning, Bryna and Joshua Landes of Riverdale hosted Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) for a NORPAC brunch event at their home.

Engel is the newly appointed chairman of the house foreign affairs committee, after having served as ranking member for many years under


Hebrew Institute of Riverdale Will Conform to OU Standards for Announcing Unions

Last week, Rabbi Yair Hoffman, in an article for the Five Towns Jewish Times, reported that Rabbi Eytan Feiner of the White Shul in Far Rockway, Queens, had issued remarks condemning the much-publicized act of wishing official mazel tovs (in shul publications and from the bimah) to people celebrating same-sex unions, a practice that has


SAR Academy Eighth Graders Participate in Riverdale Skywriters Project

The eighth graders at SAR Academy recently participated in a special Chanukah chesed program with the Riverdale Skywriters Project. The students first listened to a presentation about the experience of patients who are in the hospital or in hospice, and then crafted beautiful handmade cards which were delivered to


NORPAC Hosts Senator Marco Rubio in Riverdale

Howard and Debbie Jonas, together with NORPAC, hosted an event in Riverdale for Senator Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign last week. Marco Rubio has served as a US Senator representing the State of Florida since 2011. During his time in Congress, he has been a staunch supporter of Israel, consistently showing his dedication to


Yachad Fundraising Event to Be Held in Riverdale

An inspiring evening in support of Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, with Judge Daniel Butler as the featured speaker, will be held in Riverdale after the chagim. The event will occur on the Saturday evening of October 10 at 8:30 at the home of Giti and Jack Bendheim, 697 West 247th Street in Riverdale.