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Birthright Israel with Shorashim is accepting applications for trips this summer!
here for more information
The 2021 WJCS Back-to-School drive needs your help! There is still one week left to help ensure children in our programs start the school year prepared for academic success. Please help get us all the way so every youth on our list has what they need to start the year right! Let's send them a message that we believe in their success after the rough year they had last year!

Youth ages 11 and under will receive a backpack filled with supplies (valued at $25) plus a $25 Amazon gift card. Youth ages 12 and older will receive a $50 Amazon gift card and a new 2021 school year planner generously donated by Order Out of Chaos.

We extended the drive to make sure everyone has time to participate, please donate by July 29th, 2021 to ensure delivery to the children!

Checks can be made out to WJCS Back-to-School Drive and mailed directly to our headquarters:

Westchester Jewish Community Services
Attn: Diana Eppolito
845 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603

Thank you to all who have donated generously to this year's drive.

If you have any questions please contact Alexandra Luciano, Database & Volunteer Coordinator at


Fill out the application here.
 For more information, contact Jennifer Crawford at
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If you find yourself spending the majority of your time at home, especially now during Covid, and wishing you could find new and interesting ways to meet people -- you're not alone.

UJA invites you to learn about Westchester Circles, a 60+ online community.* Beginning this winter, we’re offering a variety of small virtual groups created especially for people who may feel isolated and are looking for conversations and connections with their neighbors around common interests.

So please join us. And tell friends or family members. It's a wonderful new way to meet your Westchester neighbors from the comfort and safety of your own home.

Sign Up Here

For more information, please contact Tali Strom at

Housing/Tax/Utilities Assistance

For elderly and disabled Westchester County residents 

ACCESS TO HOME will build home adaptations and alterations to make your home more accessible:

Construction is free for qualified disabled and elderly

Westchester residents 

For more information and income eligibility contact:

Linda Marschhauser (914) 963-5118 X 482





RideConnect, a program of Family Services of Westchester, has been providing volunteer-based transportation for over 10 years to older adults in Westchester & Southern Putnam counties. At this time, our volunteers are available to do essential shopping for older adults. RideConnect is also accepting requests for transportation services to all medical appointments. If you, or someone you know would benefit from being matched up with a volunteer to get your essential items, or require transportation to a medical appointment, please contact

RideConnect at: (914) 242-7433 
or via email at: KGANIS@FSW.ORG
visit our website:

*All services are free of charge to those 60 and older

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.

Tue, July 27 2021 18 Av 5781