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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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Arza- Representing Reform Judaism. Israel and the Jewish People are at a crucial moment in history. Our political and spiritual leaders in Israel need our help to determine the future of the Jewish State and the soul of the Jewish People. To take the pledge or read more about Arza, go to their website here.

 

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Jewish Cooking with Rabbi Burstein

November 15, 2014  - 6 pm

 

Jewish Cooking of the Middle East

Learn, cook, and taste some of Rabbi Burstein's
favorite Jewish Middle Eastern recipes.

$18 for JFC member, $36 for non-member

Click to Register for this event

 

 

Rabbi Burstein Turkey 2014

Jewish History in Turkey – Sunday, November 23 at 9:15 am

Join Rabbi Burstein for a short presentation about his recent trip to Turkey and some of the Jewish sights he visited there.
He will share photographs and stories of the significant history of Jews in Turkey.
The presentation will be fun, interactive, informative, and interesting.

 

 

 

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.


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The Religious School's student government, the Kids Knesset meets several times a year during school hours for brief meetings to plan events and programs that will benefit others and make our school great. This fall, the Kids Knesset members are running a holiday toy and food drive to make this time special for those in need. A donation box will be in the lobby for canned food and toys. The benefit will run from October 26-December 14. All gifts should be new and unwrapped.The theme for this drive is: This Holiday Season: Let's Start Giving Instead of Receiving. The drive will benefit: The Community Center of Northern Westchester in Katonah. Thanks for everyone's support!  

Temple Programs This Week

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Young Community Shabbat, Friday. October 31, 11:30 am -12 noon. Please join us for our Shabbat celebration, sing songs with Rabbi Burstein and our ECC community. Old friends and new are welcome!

Join us for Shabbat service, Friday, October 31, 7:30 pm. We will be chanting from Parshat Lech Lecha.

You are all welcome for Shabbat service, Saturday, November 1, 10:30 am. 

Jewish Brunch and Learn Torah, Saturday, November 1, 11:15 am.

The first of two informational meetings for Religious School and ECC parents regarding a possible collaboration between JFC and TSI will take place Sunday, November 2, 9 - 10 am. 

Religious School and Youth Programs This Week

Religious School

The first of two informational meetings for Religious School and ECC parents regarding a possible collaboration between JFC and TSI will take place Sunday, November 2, 9 - 10 am.

JFC Co- Board Presidents, Hal Wolkin and Glenn Kurlander will lead the meeting. Parents of the Religious School, mentors and Youth Group should try to attend in order to voice your concerns and ask questions. Parents are welcome to stay on and join us for our school's musical morning prayer service at 11:30 am.

The Religious School's student government, the Kids Knesset meets several times a year during school hours for brief meetings to plan events and programs that will benefit others and make our school great. This fall, the Kids Knesset members are running a holiday toy and food drive to make this time special for those in need. A donation box will be in the lobby for canned food and toys. The benefit will run from October 26-December 14. All gifts should be new and unwrapped.The theme for this drive is: This Holiday Season: Let's Start Giving Instead of Receiving. The drive will benefit: The Community Center of Northern Westchester in Katonah.

Thanks for everyone's support!

 

 

Students need to bring a healthy snack to Religious School for grades K-7 (no nuts or tree nuts, please). 

We encourage a weekly donation of any amount to our Tzedakah Program.


Click here for 2014-15 Religious School Calendar.

STARS Flyer can be found here.

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.






 

Early Childhood Center This Week

Our first Young Community Shabbat was wonderful. We baked cookies, set the table and celebrated Shabbat with singing and nosh. Please join us this Friday 11:30-12 noon and share our joy. We will be making challah in the morning just for you!

Save the date - November 12 we will have a special opportunity to raise money for the Early Childhood Program. Audrey Road in Ridgefield has made a very generous offer, to donate 10% of all sales on Wednesday November 12, 2014. Please shop and support us. Audrey Road is located at 7 Bailey Ave. Ridgefield, CT.

 

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.




 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Midnight Run - December 6, 2014

The next Midnight Run will be on Saturday, December 6. We need volunteers to attend the run and to make bag dinners. Prior to then, we will need volunteers to help sort and label clothing. And finally, we will need donations of gently used men's clothing and new men's underwear and socks. Donation bin can be found in hallway closet. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for times and to volunteer.

Upcoming Events

Oct
31

10.31.2014 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Oct
31

10.31.2014 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Nov
1

11.01.2014 10:30 am - 11:15 am

Nov
1

11.01.2014 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Nov
2

11.02.2014 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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