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Tochnit Elul

A Teshuvah and Tefillah Education Series for the High Holy Days in memory of Moshe Green, z”l.

5778-5779 • 2018

- High

The Jewish Center Holidays Prayers - Presents

Selichot Night

A NIGHT OF MUSIC AND TEFILLAH WITH CHAIM DAVID BERSON, ZEMIROS (CHOIR) AND NAFSHENU (ORCHESTRA) Motzei Shabbat, September 1 9:45 pm - Concert • 11:00 pm - Selichot

Cantor Berson invites the community to a

Thursday, Sept 6th, 2018 8:00 pm At The Jewish Center The Jewish Center

High Holiday Master Class This class will include a discussion about the prayers and the music as well as a mini-concert presenting the best of the High Holiday melodies; featuring Cantors Chaim Dovid Berson, Yanki Lemmer (Lincoln Square Synagogue) and Zevi Muller (West Side Institutional Synagogue), along with special guest Mo Kiss of “Kol Haneshama,” accompanied by Maestro Eric Freeman and Cantor Sherwood Goffin. This annual event is free and open to the public.


- Shabbat

Learning -

Shabbat Shuvah Drashah September 15th ∙ 11:00AM Rabbi Dovid Zirkind Luck of the Draw: At The Crossroads of Fate and Forgiveness Seudah Shlishit Series



Ora Weinbach Rabbi Eliezer Buechler Community Educator William Fischman Stagnation and Rabbinic Intern Spontaneity: How Chana’s Reflecting and Refraining Tefillah Can Invigorate Our on Yom Kippur: The Nature Rosh Hashana Davening of Shabbat Shabbaton


Rabbi Noach Goldstein Assistant Rabbi

Opposites Attract: The Transition from Yom Kippur to Sukkot

Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot September 29th @ 6:45PM

One of the highlights of the holiday season is our annual Seudah Shlishit in the JC Sukkah. Join the community for a warm gathering, Zemirot led by our Chazzan and Divrei Torah from our Clergy. Following Seudah Shlishit all are encouraged to join us for Maariv and Havdalah in the Sukkah as well.

Seudah Shlishit in Honor of Our Chattanim Shabbat Bereishit • October 6th @ 6:00PM

Join us for this annual Jewish Center tradition as we celebrate with our Guests of Honor, the Chattanim of Simchat Torah (to be announced on Yom Kippur Evening). The program includes inspiring reminiscence of our Chattanim during their time at the shul, a gala Seudah Shlishit and an evening full of fun and laughter. Minchah will be held early at 5:30PM and the program begins at 6:00PM. Please join us for this unique Jewish Center tradition and celebrate the final event of our High Holiday season.


Tochnit Elul 2018

TheLearning Jewish and Center Programs -

- Weekday

The Modern Orthodox Center for Jewish Life and Learning

Annual Teshuvah Shiur The Key to Having Our Prayers Answered Rabbi Meir Goldwicht September 5th ∙ 8:00PM At the home of Debbie & Philipe Benedict (details to follow)

Rabbi Goldwicht, a prominent Israeli scholar and educator, is a Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva University’s Mazer School of Talmudic Studies and head of the Stone Beit Midrash Program.

Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot: The Sequence to Happiness Rabbi Benjamin Blech Shabbat Morning, September 22nd ∙ 10:30AM In the Main Sanctuary

Rabbi Benjamin Blech is an internationally recognized educator, religious leader, author, and lecturer. He is the author of twelve highly acclaimed and best selling books, with combined sales of close to half a million copies, including three as part of the highly popular Idiot’s Guide series. A recipient of the American Educator of the Year Award, he is a Professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University since 1966 and has formed thousands of student-teacher relationships through his warm and caring style. Rabbi Blech is known for his ability to present complicated ideas in a clear and entertaining manner.

Challah Baking For the Soul hosted by The Jewish Center together with JICNY and Kol HaNeshamah

Thursday Evening September 13th

Refreshments @ 6:30PM followed by Challah Baking Class @ 7:00pm. Come learn the laws and “how to” of challah baking, together with the special “segulot” connected to the mitzvah. Facilitated by Elahe Babazadeh, Dr. Adena Berkowitz, Naomi Goldman, Jodi Samuels and Julie Yusoprov. Prepare your own challah to bake and eat, as well as to share and deliver to those in need. Advance Registration: $36 (until September 12th) At the Door: $40 For registration details contact The JC office. The Jewish Center


Sunday, - Special Lecture September 16 Yeshiva University Kinus Teshuvah Lecture

Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman

Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman was elected Yeshiva University’s fifth president on November 15, 2016 and began his tenure in June 2017. A gifted leader, scholar, and orator, Rabbi Dr. Berman earned his B.A. from Yeshiva College, his M.A. in Medieval Jewish Philosophy from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, and his rabbinical ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS). Rabbi Dr. Berman has a broad range of distinguished experience in the worlds of higher education and Jewish communal life. In 2000, he became Rabbi of The Jewish Center in New York City. Simultaneous with his pulpit at the Jewish Center, Dr. Berman served as an Instructor of Talmud at Yeshiva College. After making aliyah to Israel in 2008, he completed his higher education with a Ph.D. in Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Berman is an active and erudite spokesman for the Jewish community. He lectures widely throughout the U.S. and Israel, and has written numerous articles on subjects including current trends in Jewish thought and the future of Orthodoxy.

Hausman/Stern Kinus Teshuvah Lecture at 7:30PM

‫ספרי חיים וספרי מתים פתוחים לפניו‬ Who is Forgiven on the Day of Atonement?

The Hausman/Stern Kinus Teshuva lecture series was established by the late philanthropists Judy and Gerson Hausman, supporters of YU and RIETS, to honor the memory of Elias J. and Mary Stern and Moshe and Chava Hausman.


Tochnit Elul 2018

- Young

Leadership -



High Holiday Tefillah Workshop

Late Night Musical Selichot Wednesday September 5th at 9:30PM

The Final Shiur of The Year!

Tuesday September 4th at 8:00PM

Join Rabbi Goldstein for an interactive session, learning about the structure of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur davening. Build meaningful tools for enhancing your tefillah throughout the season. Refreshments sponsored by the Young Leadership Committee.


Rosh Hashana Package Delivery with Dorot Sunday, September 16th, Bring the sounds 2018 and spirit of the 10:00AM-12:00PM holiday season to life with an inspired musical selichot with young professionals from around the community.

Meeting at 171 West 85th St

Brighten the day of a senior! Deliver a package and visit with an older person in our Upper West Side Community.

Shemini Atzeret Lunch October 1st ∙ 1:00PM

Celebrate Shemini Atzeret with our special annual luncheon for young professionals in their 20’s. Reconnect with those who were traveling for the summer and welcome all the new members to our growing community. YL Minyan will meet at 9:15AM. The luncheon will follow the hot kiddush, beginning at 1:00PM.

The Jewish Center


- Lulavim

and Etrogim Orders -

THE JEWISH CENTER IS NOW TAKING ORDERS FOR LULAVIM & ETROGIM Place your order by returning the bottom portion of this Purchase Form to The JC office by Monday, September 17th, 2018. Cost: Complete Set: Category 1 (Standard) $65 • Category 2 (Deluxe) $85

Sets will be available for pick up at The Jewish Center at these times only (no deliveries) Thursday & Friday, September 20th–21st • 7:45AM-5:00PM Sunday, September 23rd • 9:30AM-2:45PM

Purchase Form



I would like to order ______ LULAV(IM) ______ ETROG(IM) Set for $65 _____ Set for $85 ___ Enclose please find my check for $__________ Please note that orders will not be processed unless accompanied by payment.

Purchase(s) cannot be billed to your account.


Tochnit Elul 2018

- Sukkot

at The Jewish Center -

Sukkot Meals at The Jewish Center

Catering by Zami's First Days of Yom Tov and Shabbat Chol Hamoed Night Meals (Early Bird/Regular) •

Members: $65/$69 Non-Members: $70/$75 • Children: $28/$32

Day Meals (Early Bird/Regular) •

Members: $55/$60 Non-Members: $60/$65 • Children ($28/$32)

Family Day Meal: Tuesday, Sept. 25 (Early Bird/Regular) Members: $36/$40 Non-Members: $40/$45 • Member Children ($20/$25) • Non-Member Children ($25/$28) •

Sponsorships of $250 are available. Contact Aaron at 212-724-2700 x107.

Limited Seating • Email Early Bird Pricing Ends: Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 Reservation Deadline: Tuesday, September, 18th, 2018

Please note that we require advance payment in order to honor your reservations. Reservations without payment will not be processed.

Sukkot Arts & Crafts! Sunday, September 16th, 10:00AM-12:00PM The Youth Department invites kids of all ages to join for a morning of Sukkot projects and decorations. Fill you Sukkah with beautiful projects hand made with love! For more information or to volunteer for this event email

The Jewish Center


- Simchat

Torah at The Jewish Center -

Prehakafot for Preschoolers

Elementary School Simchat Torah Party!

Join us for a light dinner and prehakfot singing led by Cantor Chaim Dovid Berson Dancing by all. Monday, October 1st, 5:00-6:15PM Register on The JC website. For more information, email Aliza Herzberg:

Join The JC Youth Department for a night of Torah celebrations! Monday, October 1st, 5:00-6:15PM For more information, email Becca Herman:

Community Hakafot Simchat Torah Night

Community Simchat Torah Morning Hakafot

Women and men of all ages are invited to dance with our Sifrei Torah in a night of celebration.

The celebration continues with Hakafot, learning and our annual ice-cream kiddush. For more information, email Samantha Zwick:

Community kiddush to follow

The Jewish Center Welcomes Sarah Cromwell

Sarah Cromwell has been active in synagogue youth departments for the past ten years. This past year, she served as a group leader at The Jewish Center. Sarah is a graduate of Muhlenberg College where she majored in psychology and double minored in public health and Jewish studies. After college, she worked at the Jewish Child Care Agency as a sociotherapist, working with youth in foster care with psychiatric diagnoses. She is currently enrolled in an MSW/PhD program in social work at Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Her interest is in child welfare and family therapy. As part of her graduate field work, Sarah spent last year working at Yachad leading relationship social skills groups, doing individual counseling, organizing and chaperoning programs, and performing assessments. In the coming year, in addition to her new position at The Jewish Center, she will be working at the Jewish Board of Family and Children Services.


Tochnit Elul 2018

- Chesed

Opportunities -

Yom Kippur Appeal

The Jewish Center Yom Kippur Appeal is well underway. To those of you who have already sent in your donations and pledges, we are incredibly appreciative. For those of you who have not yet had a chance to do so, please help us to reach our goal by supporting us at whatever level you can. Your participation is critical to the success of this campaign and the success of our Center. We know how busy you are with Yom Tom preparations and work obligations, but we kindly ask that before you dip the proverbial apple in the honey‌ kindly take a moment to contribute to the Yom Kippur Appeal. It only takes a moment to donate via mail, by calling the office or by simply going online to:

Shofar Blowing

We would like to provide everyone with the opportunity to hear the Shofar on Rosh Hashana. If you or someone you know will not be in shul and would like to have shofar blown at home, we are happy to help! If you are able to blow shofar for us at any point during Rosh Hashana, please let us know as well. For more information or to join this effort, please contact Rabbi Zirkind at

Yom Kippur Bikkur in the Home

Each year following Mussaf on Yom Kippur, a walking group leaves from the JC to visit with homebound members of our community that are not able to be with us in shul. This beautiful mitzvah is a wonderful way to spend Yom Kippur and cherished by those who benefit from our visits. If you know of someone who would appreciate a visit or if you would like to join our group, please contact Andrew Steinerman at

JC Babysitting Network

The Jewish Center has been successfully building a babysitting network to connect parents with young men and women in our neighborhood who are available to babysit. If you are a babysitter and interested in expanding your clientele base, or a JC family looking for more babysitting options, please email Samantha Zwick at

The Jewish Center


- Jewish

Center 101: Fall Preview -

With the close of our Centennial, the second century of our Center is in full swing. Join us in embracing this new chapter in our community’s life with a full semester of social and spiritual offerings Judaism 101: New Beginnings, Endless Possibilities! Below is a sneak peek at the semester ahead, but its just the beginning!


Rabbi Dr. Gil Perl Award Winning Scholar Head of School, Kohelet Yeshiva High School



Rabbi Yosie Levine Nathan Lewin Senior Rabbi Columbia Law Welcome Back School Professor, Shabbat Distinguished Attorney

Judaism 101

MONDAYS: The Beginnings of Life: Fertility & Abortion in Jewish Law with Rabbi Dovid Zirkind

TUESDAYS: Tanach 101: Athens vs Jerusalem: War in Tanach and The Iliad with Rabbi Noach Goldstein

WEDNESDAYS: Talmud 101: Studies In Mesechet Berachot with Ora Weinbach

SAVE THE DATE: Trivia 101 - Motzei Shabbat November 10th The Complete Jewish Center 101 program will be available in the coming weeks. To chair an event or volunteer, please contact our office! 11

Tochnit Elul 2018

Moshe Green Tochnit Elul Moshe Green was a prominent leader and long-time member of our community. He was an officer of The Center and served as our Chairman of the Board for decades. As a Jewish leader and philanthropist, he had a major impact on advancing Jewish Education, both in Israel and in the Diaspora. Involved in a number of different religious Zionist institutions and Torah U'Mada projects, Moshe Green was and continues to be a role model for our entire community. This annual series is sponsored by the Green family, and we are honored to perpetuate his name and legacy in The Center, which was graced by his presence and leadership throughout his life.

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