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Facing Racism, Bearing Witness and Building Hope
Sunday, January 28 at 3:30pm
Mt. Hope AME Zion Church in White Plains (oldest black Church in the area)
followed by a beloved pot luck dinner with diverse assigned seating
no charge to attend
Our AJC Interreligious and Intergroup relations committee and a heartwarming group of diverse church and synagogue leaders are organizing the event. We're hoping that you can help us to make this experience as impactful as possible and an important aspect of that is to include every community in Westchester and Fairfield.
This will be a forum for synagogues and black and white churches to pray, sing, engage and break bread with one another, so the next time an issue concerning our communities arises, we have developed a relationship and allies. There will also be an opportunity to hear about practical social actions we can work on together.
Would it be possible for you to invite Temple Beth Am members and others you may know to submit a testimony of their personal experience of racism? Our request is quite specific and you may know people who have shared the type of testimony that we are seeking. We're looking for stories that will bring to light interactions ranging from everyday microaggressions people of color have experienced to how white people came to realize their "privilege." Of course, if you have any of your own testimonies, that would be wonderful.

To keep the testimonies anonymous, we invite you as a clergy leader to assemble these testimonies from your congregants and forward them to the AJC office, who will compile them. Alternatively, people could email their testimonies directly to

. Whichever alternative you select, the deadline is Tuesday, January 15, 2018.

"Free Square Dancing Fun Nights"
Friendly Squares Dance Club announces 2 Free Square Dancing Fun Nights on Monday, January 29th and Monday, February 5th from 7:30-9:00pm at Katonah Methodist Church Parish Hall, 44 Edgemont Rd, Katonah, NY 10536.  Square dancing is a lot of fun and great exercise for both the body and mind.  It is an enjoyable activity for all ages and also an opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.  This event is open to singles, couples and families. The attire is casual and no experience is necessary.  For more information, contact Tee at (914)433-2919 or at


Tickets for the 2018 Westchester Jewish Film Festival will go on sale in mid-February for the annual festival which will run from March 13 – 29 at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville. This year’s festival will feature 38 films, a robust mix of documentaries and narratives. Many of the films will be followed by speakers, audience Q&As, and receptions. For complete information, please visit in February. For the run of the festival, two of the Film Center’s five screens will show both matinee and evening screenings of festival films. For additional information and group sales, please contact Abby Popper at or 914.773.7663, ext. 424.

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.



Thu, January 18 2018 2 Sh'vat 5778