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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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Jewish Book Fair 

Help your family create a Jewish library at your home.

Sunday, October 19 - Sunday, October 26, 2014

Titles include picture books, adult fiction, non-fiction&cookbooks.
Located in the Garden Room, the Book Fair will be open during Religious School and Early Childhood Center hours:

Religious School

Sunday, October 19 9:00 –12:00 pm

Monday, October 20 4:00 –6:30 pm

Thursday, October 23 4:00—6:30 pm

Sunday October 26 9:00—12:00 pm

Early Childhood Center

Monday , October 20 9:00 - 9:30

Tuesday, October 21 9:00 - 9:30 and 11:30 - 12:15

Wednesday, October 22 9:00 - 9:30 

Friday, October 24 9:00 - 9:30 and 11:30 - 12:15

Please contact the office if you are able to volunteer at the book fair for a few hours.

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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



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.


RoadSide Cleanup participation in the Route 35 Adopt A Highway Program sponsored by Jewish Family Congregation.
This is a rain or shine event taking place twice a year - Fall cleanup and Spring Cleanup Contact the office if you want to volunteer, for a couple of hours. Thank you for this community good action at making our portion of Route 35 spotless.

Temple Programs This Week


Join us for Shabbat service, Friday, October 24, 7:30 pm. We will be celebrating the baby naming of Maci Greenspan-Andujar..

You are all welcome for Shabbat service, Saturday, October 25, 10:30 am. 

Jewish Brunch and Learn Torah, Saturday, October 25, 11:15 am.

Jewish Book Fair open in the garden room at JFC from Sunday, October 19 through Sunday, October 26, 2014.

Religious School and Youth Programs This Week

Religious School

Wednesday, October 15 at 7:30 pm - Simchat Torah - 7th Graders and their families will host Oneg for the service.

No Religious School classes October 16 due to Simchat Torah.

Grade 7 class meets on October 18 from 9:30-11:15 am and parents and all congregants are encouraged to join us for Shabbat morning services starting at 10:30 am.

JFC Religious School visits the JFC Book Fair - Octoer 19-26


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.


Early Childhood Center This Week

Our Young Community Shabbat starts this Friday 11:30 am -12 noon. Please join us for our Shabbat celebration, sing songs with Rabbi Burstein and our ECC community, and have a yummy Shabbat nosh. Old friends and new are welcome! 


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.19.2014 - Oct.26.2014 Book Fair


7:30pm Oct.24.2014 - 8:30pm Oct.24.2014 Shabbat service


Oct.25.2014 10:30am - 11:15am Shabbat service


Oct.25.2014 11:15am - 12:15pm Jewish BLT (Brunch and Learn Torah)


Oct.31.2014 11:30am - 12:00pm Young Community Shabbat with the ECC - Open to All


7:30pm Oct.31.2014 - 8:30pm Oct.31.2014 Shabbat services

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