The past two Board of education meetings have been dominated by public speakers on the sole issue of out of district busing for student enrolled in private schools, primarily to the SAR Academy in Riverdale, NY and The French American School in Larchmont, NY. Both schools are wonderful and are highly respected institutions and many New Rochelle residents would love to send their children there, but…and this is where it gets interesting, tuition at both this institutions cost over $21,000 per student per academic year. The SAR Academy’s tuition for K-8 is an astonishing $21,300, plus a $4,000 building fund per family per year. The French American School’s tuition for k-8 is a whopping $21,400 - $23,420 (depending on grade), plus an additional $2,000 per student per year for ESL.
Now, if you can afford to send your children to any of these schools, you make more than enough to pay for busing your child to and from your home to the school. For that tuition, the school should include busing for those that need it.Read more
What does it mean to be pro-Israel? The vast and varied range of attitudes among Americans – Jewish and non-Jewish – about Israel will be explored by a noted and highly knowledgeable panel in what promises to be a lively, particularly relevant forum at Temple Israel of New Rochelle, Sunday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. The program is free and the community is welcome.
Panelists include Ari Fleischer, former White House Press Secretary, Congresswoman Nita Lowey and Daniel Levy, a Middle East Expert. Gary Rosenblatt, Editor and Publisher of The Jewish Week will be moderator.Read more
What does the creation of the world seem like to little kids? The answer can be found, at least partially, in the abundant creativity displayed in “Seven Days of Creation,” the newest exhibit in the Goldstein Cultural Center of Temple Israel of New Rochelle featuring artwork by the pre-schoolers in the Early Childhood Program (ECP).
The exhibit, which will run through March, highlights a series of themes, each reflecting the events during one of the days of creation. Two classes in the ECP collaborated on each of the subjects creating, as ECP Director Nancy Bossov explains, a multi-age experience that not only provides the opportunity to explore and understand the Biblical concepts but also offers a broader artistic approach. A wide range of materials have been used to interpret the themes and the results, while age appropriate, are impressive in the imaginative design of each.Read more
The power of humor is self-evident in the continuing success of Temple Israel of New Rochelle’s Follies, the annual tongue-in-cheek theatrical production that spares no one in its spoof of Temple leaders and clergy. The tenth edition of the “Follies” is set for Saturday, February 12, 2011. An 8:15 p.m. curtain will be preceded by a 7:15 p.m. wine and cheese hour and will be followed by an after-theater dessert reception.
This year’s Follies production, titled, “Marji? – A Jew-Dunnit,” focuses on the disappearance of Temple President, Marjory Karlin. Concerned Board members engage a famous Reform Jewish detective who investigates a host of suspects within the Temple community, each of whom has a unique and humorous motive for keeping Marji away.Read more
In the January 20 issue of the Westchester Guardian
The attendance at the ceremony for Yonkers Respect Life Week continues to grow each year and more politicians attended on January 9, 2011. This event organized by Richard and Mare Brand attracted hundreds of people who listened to a program of many speeches by Archbishop Timothy Dolan and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and other leaders in this pursuit. This is the fourth year Yonkers had a Respect Life Week which was initiated by Yonkers Mayor Philip Amicone. Master of Ceremonies, Anthony Felicissimo, a co-founder of the event, affirmed the need for this celebration for life to the hundreds of people who had come that day.Read more
Many readers of the blog may be familiar with me for my contributions here. (Currently, I serve as calendar editor, contributor & Bob's wacky sidekick on the weekly Talk of the Sound Radio program), but, of recent, I've ventured into the blogging world with a solo effort.
Unlike this publication, I'm not looking to break news - instead, http://matthewfunti.me mainly offers silly musings and comical graphics woven together into pieces with larger central themes. Other times I slap together some random thoughts, links and assorted nonsense I've been compelled to share.Read more
Nancy Bossov, who has been affiliated with Temple Israel of New Rochelle since September, 2010 in a consulting capacity through ‘Designing Rich Futures,” the firm that she founded and manages as Principal, has assumed the directorship of Temple Israel’s Early Childhood Program.
Nationally recognized for her advocacy and consulting work in developing the field of Jewish early childhood education (ECE), she served as ECE Director for the Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York and as national ECE Director at the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). She was instrumental in establishing URJ’s infrastructure for Jewish early childhood education and in creating the, the professional organization, the Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism. She has previously served congregations as ECE director, education director and family educator.Read more
In the December 23 issue of the Westchester Guardian
2010 Christmas Message: Have Patience and Hope by Peggy Godfrey
The message of Christmas gives us all hope for the future and for a new year. Fair minded people want peace and also hope for a better world.. The hymns ring out everywhere and the stores of full of shoppers. But again this year many people have suffered job losses and financial setbacks. Some families can not even afford a festive meal or have any kind of celebration. There are military personnel who will not be able to celebrate with their family and friends.Read more