OUR MISSION

Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County

Brings the Rockland community together. Fights anti-Semitism. Advocates for Israel. Provides PJ Library and adult Jewish education. Remembers our Jewish traditions. Looks forward to a vibrant Jewish future.

FEATURED EVENTS

The Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County’s Community Relations Committee presents

Across The Aisle

Standing up for our Community Together

A conversation with Congressman Mike Lawler (R, NY 17) and Congressman Josh Gottheimer (D, NJ 5).

 

Tuesday, May 28, 7:00 PM

Join us as we discuss:

  • Israel, its complex challenges and how America can best help post 10/7
  • Confronting antisemitism on our campuses, online, and in our streets
  • Ensuring our institutions can access Non Profit Security Grants
  • Can Israel ever be a bipartisan issue again?

Moderated by Ari Rosenblum, CEO Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland County.

Congressman Mike Lawler (R, NY 17)

Congressman Josh Gottheimer (D, NJ 5)

Registration is Mandatory. Location to be disclosed to registered participants.

The Jewish Community Relations Council's Celebrate Israel Parade is secured by the NYPD, in cooperation with Federal and State law enforcement agencies. The UJA Federation of New York also engages private security. This coordination has been in place, constantly reviewed and enhanced, since the first parade in 1964

Midreshet June 2024 Session

Classes start June 4 weekly through the end of June

Classes

  • J1. Time with Tevye: The Short Stories of Sholom Aleichem
  • J2. Hollywood and Israel

JEWISH VOICES, JEWISH LIVES

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  • A concern has been growing on my mind and the minds of a number of us for some time now. Though we at Federation have strived to bring meaningful programming and opportunities to actively engage in supporting Israel and the Jewish people, there has been a continuing diminishing of participation in communal efforts not just here in Rockland, but in Jewish communities across the country. It isn’t in all things, and it sometimes has a spurt of energy where more are engaged, but it has been unm...

  • A few days ago, I was spending some time with my elder children, who were visiting from Canada. Later in the evening we sat down to watch a movie - The Old Guard - starring Charlize Theron as an immortal who becomes tired of trying to save the world from itself again and again, until she is inspired by the energy of a young woman who discovers she has the same gifts.

    Of course the movie is fantastical (though fun to watch), but I drew an interesting conclusion from it.

    We the Jewish people ...

  • Dear Federation Friends -

    We have planned meaningful programs and events taking place during this post-Pesach period, and prior to Shavuot (June 11). They are highlighted in this newsletter and we would be delighted if you joined us.

    On May 19 at 7 p.m., hear deeply touching words from Shira Cohen and Eden Shmuel, survivors of the Nova music festival that was attacked on October 7. They will share their determination to make a difference in this tumultuous world. REGISTER 

    And May 28 at 7...

Community Events

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

May

19

CSI Miller Introduction to Judaism Program

CSI 300 North Broadway
Nyack, NY 10960

May

20

Jewish History Timeline

New City Jewish Center 47 Old Schoolhouse Road
New City, NY 10956

May

24

Tiny Tots

New City Jewish Center 47 Old Schoolhouse Road
New City, NY 10956

May

27

Jewish History Timeline

New City Jewish Center 47 Old Schoolhouse Road
New City, NY 10956

ADULT EDUCATION CALENDAR

May

19

CSI Miller Introduction to Judaism Program

CSI 300 North Broadway
Nyack, NY 10960

May

20

Jewish History Timeline

New City Jewish Center 47 Old Schoolhouse Road
New City, NY 10956

May

22

CSI Weekly Parashah Study with Rabbi Russo

CSI 300 North Broadway
Nyack, NY 10960

May

27

Jewish History Timeline

New City Jewish Center 47 Old Schoolhouse Road
New City, NY 10956

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ROCKLAND COUNTY SYNAGOGUES

As the world slowly emerges from the Covid pandemic, people everywhere are re-discovering the importance of community. At the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County, we have striven to maintain our Rockland Jewish Community throughout the pandemic. And the response has shown that people care about belonging.
 

Rockland’s synagogues are coming out of this pandemic with an eye towards the future. If you are Jewish or connected to someone Jewish, you are part of this family. We want to help you find your spiritual home and community.

 

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Kfar Silver
 

The connection between Rockland’s Jewish Federation and Kfar Silver Youth Village is a recent one when a group of Rockland County residents visited the school, which is supported by ORT. The agricultural/residential school located just eight miles from Gaza is part of the Zionist dream to make the Negev bloom. 
 

Students come from all over to Kfar Silver, some born in many parts of the FSU…former Soviet Union, as well as students from Ethiopia who were airlifted to Israel with their parents. One third of the student body—750 students—live on the campus. Many come from low socio-economic and single parent families, the disadvantaged part of Israeli society. By the time these kids graduate and move on to the IDF and further educational opportunities, Kfar Silver will have given these kids a leg up they might otherwise not have had.
 

Rockland County’s Jewish community supports Israel in many ways. Federation’s direct support of Kfar Silver is as much about supporting Israel as it is about supporting a special project we feel a connection with…one we have grown to love. 

Adult Jewish Education
 

  • For those who stopped learning about what it means to be Jewish during their last Sunday school session before their bar/bat mitzvah…  
  • For those who have studied Jewish customs, religion, and culture on their own, but are hungry for more…  
  • For those who want to be educated about who they are and where they came from, but know little or nothing of what it means to be Jewish…
  • For those who aren’t Jewish but are fascinated with Judaism in all its many forms and want to learn about it…

Rockland’s Adult Jewish Education classes are for you. Background doesn’t matter. Level of education doesn’t matter. A desire to learn and participate in riveting, fascinating classes is all you need. Join our classes taught by fascinating, articulate teachers and enjoy!

Got questions? We have answers. 

PJ Library
 

For young moms and dads, reading stories to their children is something many do every night at bedtime…or even in the middle of the afternoon! PJ Library, which is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, is underwritten in Rockland County by Rockland’s Jewish Federation. It provides Jewish-themed books for children, ages 2-8 every month and gives those moms and dads a wonderful way to help them understand and appreciate what it means to be Jewish…even at a young age.
 

PJ Library books are wonderful additions to every Jewish family’s library. It doesn’t matter what the family’s background, knowledge or family make-up or observance is. There are PJ Library books for every kind of Jewish family. 
 

But PJ is not only about books. It’s also about Jewish-themed activities…like Zoom classes on cooking for the holidays. And outings where young Jewish families can meet and make friendships with other young Jewish families.

Leket Israel
 

Leket Israel is the largest food bank and food rescue organization in Israel. Rockland’s Federation has had a long-standing relationship with Leket because we know how important it is to take care of the most basic need of making sure people who struggle to feed themselves and their families have food to put on the table each and every day.
 

During the year of the pandemic, Leket Israel had to change the way it feeds people in need. It went from rescuing good, nutritious food from restaurants, hotels, and even the IDF, and feeding more than 200,000 Israelis per week, to buying 12,000 meals a day because just like here in Rockland County, the need for food increased tangentially as the Pandemic worsened and people lost their jobs. 
 

Here in Rockland County’s Jewish community, we have a strong relationship with Leket Israel. It’s a special project we support directly and that has come to mean a lot to us. Through donations to Jewish Federation, we can see the difference those donations make in the lives of those who are helped by Leket Israel.

Community Relations Council
 

If you see something… 
 

The Community Relations Council is Federation’s advocacy arm. One of its prime roles is as the Rockland Jewish community’s voice with elected officials at every level from national to local. The CRC has developed relationships with many of these people and will contact them when there’s an issue that is of concern, and must be addressed. From gatherings the were highly visible, such as the one that occurred after the Monsey stabbings, to those that are strictly behind-the-scenes, the CRC takes a strong and active role in combatting antisemitism no matter where it occurs. 
 

The CRC makes sure our elected officials understand the pernicious effects the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) has on the State of Israel, and the hateful rhetoric that is too pervasive on certain social media channels and group pages in and around Rockland County. When the CRC becomes aware of such hate speech or any violent threats against the Jewish community, it makes sure our local officials are aware of them so they can be dealt with.

Community Weaving
 

The most important role Jewish Federation plays in the community is in community weaving. Federation has built a platform where all organizations and individuals can come together to share common concerns. Through Community Weaving, Federation brings synagogues and organizations together to work for the common good of Rockland’s Jewish community. 
 

Whether it’s to learn how to apply for security grants, or the PPP during the pandemic, or learning how to set up endowment funds for the financial security of an organization through Life and Legacy, Federation has made Community Weaving the important initiative it is for  the community. 

Our Address

450 West Nyack Road, West Nyack, NY 10994

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