Observances that mark Jewish life-cycles will be the theme of a new adult education class at Temple Israel of New Rochelle this spring. The course will provide additional dimensions to the classes already in progress. There is no cost for any of the spring courses and all are welcome
The four week course, “Marking Transitions: Jewish Life-Cycle Observance,” is scheduled to be held on Thursday evenings, April 28 through May 19 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Taught by Cantor Erik Contzius and Rabbi Beth Nichols, the class will explore many of the details of life-cycle transitions usually taken for granted. Beginning with birth, bris and baby namings, there will be discussion of the ritual bath known as “mikvah” as well as the rites and meanings surrounding the Jewish wedding ceremony and Jewish divorce.
As Rabbi Nichols noted, “Even people who have attended a bris or been to a Jewish wedding will find that there is so much more to learn.”Read more
img src="http://www.newrochelletalk.com/%3Ca%20href%3D"http://www.newrochelletalk.com/files/NewImage_2.png">http://www.newrochelletalk.com/files/NewImage_2.png" alt="NewImage" border="0" title="Josh Nelson Project" class="caption"width="200" height="150" style="float:right;" />Rock music with a Jewish sensibility that will appeal to every age group and every audience will be highlighted in a concert featuring the Josh Nelson Project at Temple Israel of New Rochelle, March 26 at 7:30 pm. The concert, sponsored by TIFTY (Temple Israel Federation of Temple Youth), the Temple’s high school organization, is a benefit for the Youth Involvement Fund.
For lovers of contemporary rock music, this highly acclaimed group headed by Josh Nelson will be a special treat. Its Jewish edge is apparent in lyrics in Hebrew or with Jewish identity themes. Critics have cited Josh’s “high-energy and captivating performance style” and have noted that “his music consistently leaves audiences with strong feelings of community.” A multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Josh’s music is integrated into the repertoire of congregations, communities and camps around the world. His CD, “Lift,” released in 2009, has broken new ground with razor-sharp lyricism and a progressive, radio-ready sound.Read more
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