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Westchester Jewish Film Festival: Virtual Edition

The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC)  is excited to announce that festival passes for the 2020 Westchester Jewish Film Festival: Virtual Edition are now on sale! From October 14-27, you’ll be able to enjoy one of our most beloved series from the comfort of your own home. The Westchester Jewish Film Festival: Virtual Edition features 12 films—11 of which were originally slated to screen as part of the in-person festival this past spring—and five live virtual Q&As!

Festival passes are now available to purchase on the JBFC website for $60 (members) and $75 (nonmembers)!  By purchasing a festival pass on our website, you'll have access to all 12 films in the series, each of which will be available to stream for a specific 48-hour period during the festival, as noted on the festival schedule. (Please note: No tickets to individual films are available—only festival passes.)  We recommend purchasing your festival pass by Tuesday, October 13 by noon, to avoid missing out on any of the festival's films due to these limited screening windows.

Please note: Links for each of the films in the festival will be distributed via email to passholders in advance of the festival's start date. No tickets to individual films are available. This festival is entirely digital, and will not include any in-person screenings or events. Films from the festival may be streamed on desktops, laptops, tablets, mobile devices; beamed to your TV via AppleTV, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, Google ChromeCast; or through the use of an HDMI cable connection between your TV and device, depending on your home viewing setup.

Click here for more information and  to purchase Festival Passes

The Canavan Foundation reminds us that even during a time of shelter-in-place and social distancing, timely and complete screening for Jewish genetic diseases is vitally important for anyone of Jewish heritage planning to start or add to a family. Ideally, you should be screened prior to pregnancy. You can call your doctor to discuss screening, or go to JScreen to learn about at-home access to their screening service.  Attached is a digital brochure from the Jewish Genetic Disease Consortium, or you can visit their website for more information.



Opportunities for LGBTQ and Ally Teens & Families

Sponsored by Keshet and Mosaic of Westchester, a number of programs for both teens and families & communities are in place for the fall including:
Monthly teen group, teen summits, parades, shabbatonim, inclusion workshops, speakers and storytellers. Details.
For more information or to get involved, contact Avi Edelman.


  The WAJE Cooperative promotes adult education classes from Westchester Jewish Council member organizations  in an effort to bring more offerings to a greater number of Westchester lifelong learners. Click here to view a printable listing of courses. Check back often as this list will be updated as new courses are made available by our member organizations.
Questions? Please contact Lisa Itzkowitz, 914-328-7001


Introducing The Friendship Circle

A program that pairs teen volunteers with children with special needs
Teens that volunteer for Friendship Circle will spend quality time with children with special needs in the environment the kids are most comfortable in and familiar with: their own homes. The teens are guided and trained for their valuable role as friend and mentor. For more information contact Darielle Cohen,  or click here

THE WJCS JEWISH SPIRITUAL HEALING CENTER click here for a complete schedule of events


Spiritual Support Groups, Journeying Programs, and Kumi Ori Contemplative Sundays.

Fri, September 25 2020 7 Tishrei 5781