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Jewish Life

Jewish Life at the Shames JCC

 

Rabbi Ben Newman brings opportunities and programs that inspire and grow community connections to Jewish teachings, values, spirituality, and culture—in a way that is accessible, caring, and inspiring. This can include early childhood programs for the holidays or a thoughtful lecture on Jewish films, or a mindful meditation.

The Shames JCC is also part of the Rivertowns Jewish Consortium, a group that includes Greenburgh Hebrew Center, Mishkan Ha’am, Rosh Pinah Chavurah of the Rivertowns, Temple Beth Abraham, Temple Beth Shalom, and Woodlands Community Temple, as well as the Westchester Jewish Council. The Shames JCC is also pleased to be a key network agency of the UJA Federation of New York. The following upcoming events and initiatives have been selected as of possible interest to our members:

 

About Rabbi Ben Newman

Rabbi Newman is the Jewish Life Coordinator at the Shames JCC. He is also on staff at Temple Beth Shalom in Hastings, as well as the founder and spiritual leader of Shtiebel, a new paradigm Jewish community in the Rivertowns of Westchester, NY. He served for 7 years as the rabbi of Congregation Har Shalom in Fort Collins, CO, along with his wife Rabbi Shoshana Leis. Rabbi Ben received a B.A. from Skidmore College in Religion and Culture, an M.A. in Jewish Studies from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and rabbinical ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York. He previously served as the Associate Rabbi for JRF Congregation M’vakshe Derekh in Scarsdale, New York.

Rabbi Ben Newman

Jewish Life Coordinator

(914) 366-7898 x1173

Rabbi Ben Newman is the Director of Spiritual Life at the Shames JCC, he is also on staff at Temple Beth Shalom in Hastings, as well as the founder and…

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Upcoming Programs

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Coffee Talk: Weekly Conversations in Current Events and Arts & Culture

Fridays; 10:30, FREE

We are thrilled to have so many members back at the J! But we long for the days of building friendships and engaging in casual conversations like we used to—in lounge areas, after yoga, at a Member Mingle, or before a lecture. To help get the community back together again, we are introducing a new weekly program—Coffee Talk, where we will meet on Zoom (and hopefully in-person soon!) and chat about a variety of topics and subjects, and importantly—socialize! Let’s meet next Friday and talk about what we are doing during the pandemic—our challenges, opportunities, and simply how we have spend our time (have you read any great books or discovered a new show on Netflix?). Conversations will be casual but facilitated by Rabbi Ben Newman. You do not need a JCC membership to participate. 

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Jewish Meditation in the 4 Worlds

Thursdays, 12:00 – 12:45 PM; beginning March 25

For in all-inclusive members only

In these challenging times, it is important to take time to stop, center ourselves, breathe, and be mindful of the gifts of the present moment. Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) teaches that we live in four dimensions or “worlds”—body, heart, mind, and spirit. Within the practice of Kabbalah, there is a rich tradition of meditation tools to help center us in the present moment and achieve balance in all four dimensions. Join Rabbi Ben Newman on a meditative journey towards relaxation and balance in each of these dimensions. All are welcome and will appreciate the healing powers of Kabbalah. Participants should dress comfortably in clothes that allow for light movement.

The class will be held in-person and live-streamed. Registration required. In-person participants will be strictly limited in order to maintain social distancing. Live-stream participants will be provided with ZOOM info before the class.

Email Rabbi Ben Newman to attend this program. 

Previous Programs: Be on the lookout for more programs like this soon!

Sukkah
Reserve Time in the Shames JCC Sukkah!

Beginning five days after Yom Kippur, Sukkot is named after the booths or huts (sukkot in Hebrew) in which Jews are supposed to dwell during this week-long celebration. According to rabbinic tradition, these flimsy sukkot represent the huts in which the Israelites dwelt during their 40 years of wandering in the desert after escaping from slavery in Egypt. Sukkot reminds us of the fragility of life, and the need to be grateful for everything we have.

This year the Shames JCC has built a beautiful new sukkah which will be put up in the quad on the JCC grounds on Friday, October 2. This year more than ever, it is important to be grateful for the gifts of nature and community. Whether you are Jewish or not, we invite you to reserve a time to sit in the JCC sukkah, share a meal that you bring, and feel thankful for the fragile beauty of life.

Meditation
Sitting in the Sukkah: Sukkot Meditation

Thursday, October 8; 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

By reservation only. Members $5/Non-Members $10

As the wind blows a little colder and the leaves begin to change color, we can sense in our bones the coming of Fall. The fall season and the Jewish holiday of Sukkot teach us resilience and the deep truth of impermanence. The Jewish tradition provides spiritual tools to open to the spiritual lessons contained in nature and the changing seasons. Join Rabbi Ben outside in the new JCC Sukkah as he leads us through several replenishing meditations to help open us to the powerful and transformative lessons of this season in our bodies, hearts, minds, and souls. This session will include mindfulness meditation, study,  and light movement. At the end of this session, you will come away feeling renewed and open to the spiritual power of the Fall season.

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A High Holidays 2020 Message from Rabbi Ben Newman
Shames JCC | FRI, SEP 18, 2020

The High Holidays 2020

Shames JCC | FRI, SEP 18, 2020

A Message from Rabbi Ben Newman   As we notice the green leaves of summer turn yellow and orange, red and brown, and the wind gets a little chillier, nature…

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