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Unless otherwise noted, online registration closes 3 business days prior to the start date. After this time, please call the Welcome Desk at 914-366-7898 to register. Many of our programs can be pro-rated after they begin as long as space is available.

Registration for September ’19 – June ’20 programs opens on 8-21 for Members and 8-23 for Non-members.


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Challenging Times, Ageless Insights: Wisdom with the
Clergy of the Rivertowns Jewish Consortium

7 Fridays, 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
November 1, December 6, January 3, February 7, March 6, April 3, May 1
Members & Non-Members: Free of Charge

Sponsored by the Rivertowns Jewish Consortium (RJC), “Challenging Times, Ageless Insights” offers participants the opportunity to explore contemporary issues through a Jewish lens, providing insights, discussion, debate, and if we are successful, even more questions! Focusing more on depth than breadth, one can come with existing knowledge or just lots of curiosity. In a welcoming environment, we will challenge and learn from each other. Each month’s session will be taught by a different RJC clergy member. Email Rabbi Ben for more information bnewman@shamesjcc.org.

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Jewish Meditation in the Four Worlds

Ages 13 – Adult
12 Thursdays 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

Session 1: October 17 – January 9. No class on January 2.
Session: 2: February 6 – June 25. No class on February 20, April 9.

Members: $5 per class; Non-Members: $10 per class / Mind Body Studio

Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) teaches that we live in four dimensions or “worlds”– the worlds of the body, heart, mind, and spirit. There is a rich tradition of kabbalistic meditation in all four. Join Rabbi Ben Newman on a meditative journey towards relaxation and balance in each of these dimensions.  Participants should dress comfortably in clothes that allow for light movement. Advance registration is requested but not required. Email Rabbi Ben for more information bnewman@shamesjcc.org.

Coffee with the Rabbi

Ages 13 – Adult
6 Tuesdays (every other Tuesday), 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Session 1, October 22 – December 31
Session 2, February 11 – April 28.  No class on April 7.

Members & Non-Members: Free of Charge Main Lobby

Have questions about Judaism, spirituality, or philosophy that you never had a chance to ask? Have a cup of coffee with Rabbi Ben Newman, Jewish Life Coordinator at the Shames JCC in an informal session in the Main Lobby. Email Rabbi Ben for more information bnewman@shamesjcc.org.


Community Hanukkah Celebration and Market

Sunday, December 15, 3:00 – 5:00 PM

In preparation for Hanukkah, the Rivertowns Jewish Consortium will be hosting a celebration and vendors’ fair. There will be music, food, and a variety of sellers will offer fabulous accessories, handbags, jewelry, Judaica, clothing, stationery, handmade tallit and specialty items. Stock up on gifts for your family and friends!


Havdalah on the Hudson: A Spiritual Jam Session

Select Saturdays, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

October 5, November 2, December 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6

Members: $5 per family; Non-Members: $10 per family.

This event is an opportunity to come together in an informal setting to play music, connect in honest conversation, engage in Jewish learning, perform the ritual of Havdalah, and share a meal. This event is kid friendly, so bring the whole family. Newcomers welcome. Please invite your friends! Email Rabbi Ben for more information bnewman@shamesjcc.org.

The Ancient Wisdom of the Kabbalah: An Introductory
Lecture Series with Rabbi Ben Newman

4 Thursdays, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
October 31 – November 21
Please register by October 24.
Members $50; Non-members $65/ Library

The ancient Hebrew mystical tradition of Kabbalah has been providing spiritual seekers a unique technology to access our inherent ability to transform ourselves and our world for generations. Though recently Kabbalah has been popularized by The Kabbalah Centre it has a rich history with a wide corpus of literature. This series will provide a basic introduction to some of the history, ideas, texts, and practices of this ancient wisdom, followed by a discussion. Each session of the series will focus on a different topic; General Intro to Thought and History, Introduction to The Zohar, Jewish Meditation and Mystical Practices, Jewish Magic and Folklore and Contemporary Jewish Mysticism.

Rabbi Ben Newman, Jewish Life Coordinator at the Shames JCC 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. Rabbi Ben is the author of a series of books for children called The Enchanted Sukkah about a time travelling sukkah. In addition to being a writer and a rabbi, Ben is a singer-songwriter who delights in chanting, playing guitar, and using an Indian instrument called a sruti box. Email Rabbi Ben for more information bnewman@shamesjcc.org.



Judaism 101, Semi-Private Tutorial: Unit 2: Justice, Truth, and Peace

6 classes to be scheduled by participants and Rabbi Ben Newman.
Members and Non-Members:  $425 per person

Time for a refresh on some of the fundamentals? Exploring Judaism for the first time? This welcoming, inclusive semi-private tutorial is made for you. According to the sages, the world is sustained by three things, justice, truth, and peace. Taught by Rabbi Ben Newman, participants will engage in small group learning (no more than 3 students) and dialogue about the Jewish perspective on the three fundamental ideas of Justice, Truth and Peace. Suitable for people who haven’t studied Judaism since b’nai mitzvah, individuals considering conversion, or members of the general community seeking a solid introductory course. Bring your curiosity and expand your knowledge with this engaging program. Email Rabbi Ben for more information bnewman@shamesjcc.org.

Rabbi Ben Newman

Jewish Life Coordinator

(914) 366-7898 x1173

Rabbi Ben Newman is 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…

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