A Festive December

Federation’s beneficiary agencies Hillel of Rockland, JCC Rockland and Rockland Jewish Family Service wrapped up 2017 with fun-filled, community-building events that took place throughout December.
Israeli superstar Gad Elbaz (center in black jacket) performed a sold-out Chanukah Unity Concert sponsored by Hillel of Rockland on December 18. The Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland was a partner in sponsoring the concert, which brought together more than 500 people from throughout our diverse community. Gad Elbaz brought the crowd to its feet -- dancing, clapping and cheering, throughout much of the concert. He also shared touching messages of faith and family.

JCC Rockland’s 10-Year Anniversary Celebration Weekend took place December 9-10. Federation was proud to receive the Non-Profit Leadership Award at a festive event held in the Rockland Jewish Community Campus Saturday night. Visit jccrockland.org/10-years to see more photos and video of the festivities and honorees.

The morning after the awards dinner, Federation’s PJ Library participated in JCC Rockland’s Koenig Family Hanukkah Hoopla. Families danced and sang along with special performer Mr. Ray and enjoyed craft and game stations. PJ Library offered a comfy book nook where families relaxed and enjoyed reading Jewish children’s books.

Rockland Jewish Family Service and The Arc Rockland held their annual Chanukah Party for adults with developmental disabilities on December 18 at Congregation Shaarey Israel in Montebello. The event was supported by a grant from the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County. Festive holiday music was provided by The Temple Dudes, a popular local band featuring Federation’s own Barry Kanarek on keyboard and vocals.


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