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Volume XX • Number 2 • January 10 - 16, 2013 •


300 units of senior housing planned for Retreat site By MIAWLING LAM The Hebrew Home at Riverdale plans to construct a new 300-unit independent living senior residence complex on the 14-acre plot they purchased from the Passionist Fathers of Riverdale. When built, the facility will be the first in New York City to offer a continuing care retirement community. Officials from the geriatric center unveiled their preliminary design and development plans for the sprawling site at Monday night’s Community Board 8 land use committee meeting. It is the first time the facility’s authorities have spoken publicly about their vision for the land, which they acquired from the Passionists for $16 million in November 2011. Hebrew Home president and CEO Daniel Reingold said the 300 units will be a combination of one- and two-bedroom apartments. The residences will be divided into four mid-rise towers ranging from four to eight stories. “The main philosophy of the concepts that we’re developing have to do with what the older adults want today, which is more independent living with supported services available as needed, rather than an institutionalized environment,” he said. Under the plan, the Hebrew Home will add another three stories to the existing Goldfein Building, convert 150 nursing beds currently there and create 75 assisted

living apartments. A new below-grade parking structure will also be constructed to house around 340 cars underneath the new residential tower. Currently, the campus boasts 390 surface parking spaces and 88 underground spaces. The new plan states the number of surface parking spaces will be reduced to 228, with 477 spaces underground. Reingold said the proposed revolutionary continuing care retirement community model would offer patients guaranteed, lifelong care. A similar facility dubbed Kendal on Hudson is currently under construction further north in Sleepy Hollow, New York. “Generally, the way a CCRC works is that people buy into the project with an upfront payment and then pay a monthly fee which allows them to be guaranteed care for the rest of their life,” Reingold said. “At the end of their life, depending on the model that we choose, the estate would get back 50, 70 or 90 percent of the upfront payment.” Reingold estimated that the initial upfront payment would be at least $500,000. “This is a middle-income, upper middle-income private paying market for people who have sold their house or apartment and want to remain independent and want to know that they don’t have to worry about selling off their assets and getting on Medicaid,” he said. The 300-unit residential facility would be supple-

mented with a host of common areas and amenities, including fitness and wellness centers, spiritual enrichment areas, dining areas, concierge services and cultural opportunities. The plan is required to go through the uniform land use review procedure (ULURP), which requires months of public review and community involvement. CB8 land use committee chairman Charles Moerdler said he was impressed with the draft plan but predicted a host of issues, particularly relating to traffic, would arise as further details emerge. “It’s a wonderful new idea for taking care of the elderly, but the question is, how can it deal with the people?” he said. “The people who live in and around that area say to me, ‘the quality of life is already under challenge, and this is going to make it worse.’ It may be great for the city, but if it’s something that the neighbors can’t deal with, I have a problem.” Due to the lengthy and complicated ULURP process, Moerdler predicted that the soonest construction could begin would be the end of 2015, with 2016 being a more realistic estimate. Hebrew Home officials said they settled on the plan after perusing 20 different options. They said they engaged and interviewed architectural firms across the country before ultimately settling on Perkins Eastman. Continued on Page 15

Live grenade removed from Riverdale apartment building

By MIAWLING LAM Members of the NYPD’s bomb squad removed a live hand grenade from the basement of the Majestic building in Riverdale—more than five years after it was placed there. Commanding officer of the 50th Precinct Deputy Inspector Kevin Burke said police were called to the 87-unit building located at 3660 Waldo Avenue just after 1 p.m. last Friday. He said detectives were led to the improvised explosive device, reportedly a small pineapple grenade, after gathering intelligence from a man currently in custody and charged with murder. Authorities said the grenade was discovered during a drug search and is part of an ongoing investigation by a task force comprised of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and NYPD officers. “He was very specific with where it was,” Deputy Inspector Burke said. “It was found in a common area in the basement and on top of a venting heating system that runs alongside the top of the wall. “You needed a step stool to retrieve it. We suspect it had been there for several years, maybe five to seven years.”

The triggering pin on the grenade was still intact, according to Burke. A police spokesman said the device was filled with a lowgrade explosive. It was soon rendered safe, placed in a large plastic container and removed from the scene for further examination. When asked whether the grenade and the ongoing drug investigation were related, Burke said it was a possibility. When the Riverdale Review arrived at the scene last Friday, members of the NYPD’s bomb squad, emergency service unit and disorder control unit were all present. An explosive-sniffing dog was also deployed to sweep the building and ensure no other devices were present. Firefighters from two units, including Ladder 52, reported to the scene and temporarily blocked traffic along West 238th Street but were called off around 3:14 p.m. The Majestic has developed a seedy reputation in recent years, with residents claiming that prostitution is rife and that the building is a drug den. Deputy Inspector Burke confirmed the building has been on the police radar.

“We have had a lot of complaints from the neighborhood about the various activities going on in that building,” he said. The latest brush with authorities, he said, occurred on August 29, 2012, when a male resident was nabbed with a large number of prescription painkillers. He has

since been charged with possession of a controlled substance and intent to sell. News of the grenade initially lit up on social media sites after rumors abounded that the explosive device was connected to terrorism. According to a tweet posted by

NYScanner at 3:13 p.m., the FDNY originally reported that a bomb was found at the location and that it was possibly terrorist-related. However, both NYPD and FDNY officials were quick to emphasize that the grenade was not a bomb, nor was it linked in any way with terrorism.

The NYPD bomb squad removes a live grenade from the Majestic apartment building on Friday. Police said the explosive device had remained untouched in the basement for five years.

Thursday, January 10, 2013 • The RIVERDALE REVIEW


City officials refuse to enforce open meetings law at PS 24

By TESS McRAE City officials deny that P.S. 24 principal Donna Connelly violated the state’s open meetings law when she shut the press out of last month’s school leadership team meeting. After two weeks of phone calls and emails seeking a comment from the Department of Education, the Riverdale Review was informed by agency spokesman David Pena that the school’s SLT meeting on December 18 might have contained private information. “After speaking with the school, I found out that the meeting was closed off to the public in December because there was discussion of financial matters as well as school safety protocols,” Pena said. “This means that the school was within their rights to close off the meeting, as

it fell under one of the eight discussion points that can turn a public meeting into a private executive meeting.” While valid, the statement may not put Connelly and interim acting assistant principal Emanuele ‘Manny’ Verdi in the clear just yet. While “matters that will imperil public safety” could apply to the school safety protocols referenced by Pena as one of the eight justifications in the state’s open meetings law for an executive session, P.S. 24 may still have violated the OML. “In order for an executive meeting to go into effect, a number of things need to happen,” Committee on Open Government director Robert Freeman said. “First, a member needs to make a motion that the meeting should become closed for a specific reason, someone must second

the motion and a vote must be taken. It all must be very public so that everyone understands exactly why a discussion is being closed off to the public.” No such vote was taken at the P.S. 24 SLT meeting. In addition, Connelly told the reporter that the December SLT meeting was closed because her network leader, Robert Cohen, had informed her that all SLT meetings, in general, were closed. Freeman went on to say that even if an executive session has properly been voted on, it might not necessarily apply to the entire meeting. “Only to the extent that a discussion falls within one or more of the eight grounds for conducting an executive session may a meeting be closed,” Freeman said.

“When the discussion does not fall within any of those grounds, the meeting must be held open to the public to comply with law.” The DOE was asked to respond to Freeman’s insights, but despite multiple emails and phone calls, the agency failed to produce a comment by press time. Meanwhile, at an unrelated press conference in The Bronx on Monday, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott refused to go into detail about what the DOE’s protocol for an OML violation entails. “I need to know the specifics of the school and the situation (before commenting),” he said. Chancellor Walcott declined to elaborate on what action is taken against administrators who violate the state law, but he vowed to look into it.

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By MIAWLING LAM A 25,000-square-foot parcel of prime developable land appears to have hit the real estate market again for a whopping $9 million. The Riverdale Review can reveal that the Tshaped vacant site in North Riverdale located at 5278 Post Road and extending back to Broadway has been relisted for sale online. The property was taken off the market six months ago due to a lack of buyer interest. An advertisement posted on the online classifieds site Craigslist on Friday, January 4, touts the vacant lot, which is zoned for residential use, as “ideal for a market-rate rental housing project.” “Developers will have to contend with a considerable amount (of) rock, but based on observation and experience at the adjacent development, the rock seems to be sedimentary and layered allowing for a relatively simple removal,” the listing states. The ad boasts the site provides potential developers with an outstanding opportunity for a solid return on investment. It also mentions that easy vehicular access to the Henry Hudson and Mosholu parkways and the Major Deegan Expressway affords residents a quick trip to Manhattan or Westchester. Intriguingly, the listing suggests that prospective buyers will be able to acquire additional neighboring lots at a future date. “Adjacent properties are also available as well as the potential for the purchase of additional development rights from neighboring NYC DOT property,” the ad states. The Craigslist posting fails to specify the listing broker—only an email address is furnished—and does not provide the name of the real estate agency in charge of marketing the property. As of press time, the person responsible for the listing had not returned multiple email requests for comment.

Documents filed with the New York City Department of Finance show the property deed for the larger Broadway lot, which measures more than 20,000 square feet, was combined with a smaller Post Road lot on May 10, 2011. Records indicate that the Long Island City-based LLC Broadpost Realty owns the property. News of the recent listing comes nearly a year after the owner first tried to offload the property for $9 million. Real estate broker Karl Brumback of Massey Knakal said he proffered the site for six months until around summer 2012. Although the new online listing uses the same property description that Massey Knakal used in a brochure last year, Brumback denied responsibility for the Craigslist ad and said he has not heard from the owner since. “Nine million dollars was a little too high. We probably could have sold it for $6 million-ish but nothing really happened,” he said. No parties snapped up the property, but Brumback revealed that the NYC School Construction Authority expressed interest in the site. “They went so far as looked at it and looked at surrounding lots to get prices, but it just didn’t work out,” he said. The SCA was supposed to add 416 new seats to serve elementary school-aged students in Spuyten Duyvil, Riverdale and North Riverdale last year but failed to find a suitable location. According to a revised five-year capital plan, officials are slated to begin drafting designs for the new school this May. However, it is still unclear where the new school would be located. Regardless of what is ultimately built at the location, Brumback cited traffic flow and parking as the biggest challenges facing potential developers.

3 The RIVERDALE REVIEW • Thursday, January 3, 2013

Large North Riverdale land parcel is back on the market

Thursday, January 10, 2013 • The RIVERDALE REVIEW


Around the schools... P.S. 24

Kindergarten pre-registration for the 2013-2014 school year will begin on Monday, January 28, and end on Monday, February 4. For children born in 2008, applications will be accepted for all zoned students, for non-zoned students with siblings currently attending P.S. 24 and for all other non-zoned students. However, all non-zoned students, with or without siblings at P.S. 24, will be placed on waiting lists and will be asked to register in September if seats are available. To preregister, parents must take their child to the school between 8:20 and 9:45 a.m. and complete a preliminary application on one of the following designated dates: For children born in January or February, 2008, the date is Monday, January 28. For children born in March or April, the date is Tuesday, January 29. For children born in May or June, the date is Wednesday, January 30. For children born in July or August, the date is Thursday, January 31. For children born in September or October, the date is Friday, February 1. For children born in November or December, the date is Monday, February 4. Along with the parent’s photo ID, the following documents are required, both the original and a photocopy for school records: two proofs of address (such as utility bills), the child’s birth certificate, and the child’s immunization records (including DPT—four doses; MMR—two doses; Varicella or Varivax; Hepatitis B—three doses; Polio (OPV)—three doses; and PCV—one dose). Placement letters will be sent by the school in April for those who submitted all required paperwork. For more information, call 718-796-8845 and ask for accounting secretary Monica Ramos at extension 1122 or parent coordinator Florence Byrne at extension 1062.

P.S. 81

Kindergarten pre-registration for the 2013-2014 school year will begin on Tuesday, January 22, and end on Friday, March 1. Registration can be done any day within that period, but only from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Anyone who arrives after 10:30 a.m. will be asked to register on another day. Parents of children zoned for P.S. 81 will be given an opportunity to complete the paperwork if they bring all of the following: the child to be registered, a parent’s photo ID, the child’s original birth certificate or passport, the child’s immunization records, the child’s individual education program (IEP) and/or 504 accommodation plan, two proofs of residence (utility or property tax bill dated within the past 60 days; original lease, deed or mortgage statement; documentation on official government letterhead dated within the past 60 days indicating resident name and address; or an employer’s official payroll documentation dated within the past 60 days.) For more information, call the school at 718-796-8965.

College of Mount Saint Vincent

Nursing students and alumni will head to Guatemala next week for a servicelearning trip. Participants will apply the enthusiasm and skill of their profession to the current needs of the Guatemalan people under the leadership of two extraordinary Sisters of Charity missionaries—Sister Immaculata Burke, a registered nurse and a respected member of the Guatemalan medical community who helped to develop four Sister of Charity clinics in the Sololá region of Guatemala, and Sister Marie Tolle, an educator and

catechist whose commitment to the Guatemalan people is expressed through service. The team will work with their longtime collaborator, Doctor Jose Miguel Vasquez, the primary physician at the Sister of Charity Clinics, who has devoted his entire career to the health needs of indigent Guatemalans. The service-learning mission, sponsored by the college’s office of alumni relations, the office of campus ministry and the Sisters of Charity of New York, will include work at the clinics and trips to sites in Guatemala as well as prayer and reflection.

Local Scholars

The Phi Kappa Phi honor society has announced that Matthew Briel was recently initiated into its ranks. Briel is pursuing a degree in religion at Fordham University. He is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors with at least 72 semester hours are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, it has chapters on more than 300 college and university campuses in North America and the Philippines. Its mission is to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others. Since its founding, more than 1 million members have been initiated. Some of the organization’s more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley. The society has awarded approximately $15 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, $1 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad scholarships, member and chapter awards and grants for local and national literacy initiatives.

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By MIAWLING LAM The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will beef up Metro-North service on the Hudson Line beginning in April, adding trains during non-peak travel times to accommodate a growing ridership. Authorities last week unveiled details about the service enhancements ahead of a historic public hearing on the issue. Under the proposed changes, rail commuters at the Spuyten Duyvil and Riverdale Metro-North stations will see a total of 73 new train services each week—the Hudson Line is set to run 11 more trains on weekdays, 12 more on Saturdays and six more on Sundays.

The changes will take effect beginning Sunday, April 7, with the implementation of the new spring timetable. The bolstered service, aimed at decreasing wait times and reducing overcrowding on trains, is expected to result in faster travel times and improved customer comfort. According to the MTA’s plan, two trains per hour will stop at the Spuyten Duyvil and Riverdale stations on weekdays between 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. inbound and between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. outbound. Currently, only one train comes per hour in both directions during those times. On weekends, inbound trains will arrive every 30 minutes between 5 a.m.

and 10 p.m. on Saturdays and 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Sundays; outbound trains will arrive every 30 minutes between 7 a.m. and midnight on Saturdays and 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Sundays. The additional trains will be supplemented by increased service frequency for Hudson Rail Link buses, to be timed in coordination with all weekday offpeak trains. MTA Metro-North spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said authorities would hold an unprecedented public hearing on the proposed service enhancements later this month. The meeting is scheduled to take place at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, at the Riverdale YM-YWHA, located

City bungles gifted and talented testing site for local student By TESS McRAE After a monthlong struggle with the Department of Education, young Riverdale resident Jacob Moglia will now be able to sit for the gifted and talented exam at P.S. 24. Set to enter kindergarten this fall, the four-year-old was inexplicably assigned to take the test at P.S./I.S. 54 on Webster Avenue, although his parents, Louis Moglia and Shira Atzmon, registered him to take the exam at P.S. 24, located just a 10-minute walk from their home. “My wife made a point to register our son at noon on the first day of registration (on October 10),” Moglia said. “She checked off P.S. 24 as the school where we wanted him to take the test, and everything went into the system fine.” Parents can register their child online for the gifted and talented program exam using a request for testing form, which includes an option for selecting a testing site. Once the application is completed, parents receive a confirmation letter detailing the date, time and location of the scheduled test. When Moglia and his wife received the undated confirmation letter on December 20, they were surprised to see that Jacob had been scheduled to take the exam at P.S./I.S. 54, nearly a half hour away from the family’s residence. “I was fairly sure this was a result of human error,” he said. “P.S. 24 and P.S/I.S. 54 are similar, so I can see where a mistake could have been made.” Hoping to rectify the situation, Moglia called Tweed officials and was told to send an email. He sent the cor-

respondence that same day. After receiving no response from the original email and no responses from repeated follow-up emails and phone calls, Moglia wrote to The Riverdale Review and to several public officials for help. “I have also copied the Riverdale Review newspaper, believing that if the failures of your office to serve my family are highlighted by the press, then perhaps some change will be possible,” the letter reads. When the Review reached out to the DOE, agency spokesman David Pena initially failed to provide a response. However, two days later and after six emails and a number of phone calls, he issued a statement announcing that the issue had been rectified. “The matter has been resolved,” the statement reads. “There is space available at P.S. 24. The Department of Education will reach out and notify the parents next week.” “Yeah, they called me and told me the news,” Moglia said when the Review informed him of the DOE’s decision last week. “They informed me that there was a problem with a spreadsheet and that someone had entered in the numbers wrong, as I suspected.” As for why it took the DOE so long to fix the mistake, Moglia said officials gave him a labored explanation. “The woman who called me said that I had originally called the wrong number to fix the testing location and that’s why the problem wasn’t fixed,” he said. “All I know is that when I did make

the call, the office never acted as if they weren’t the proper office to be speaking to. They acted as if they had all the power in the world to help, but they just didn’t want to.” Moglia said he is unsure whether pressure from the press may have contributed to the fix, but he’s happy his son can take the exam in the right location. “All I really wanted from this was for my son to be able to take the test where we registered, and I was prepared to take any avenue needed to ensure that,” he said. Jacob will join thousands of other incoming kindergarteners citywide and sit for the gifted and talented test on Sunday, January 20.

at 5625 Arlington Avenue. “In its 30-year history, Metro-North Railroad has never held a hearing about adding service,” she said. “The greater than 25 percent change is what triggered the hearing requirement. This hearing is a first.” MTA board member and longtime Riverdale resident Charles Moerdler said the service expansion was a move in the right direction. “There are a number of people who have maintained that if we have regularized service on Saturday and Friday night, they will go into the city and leave their cars at home,” he said. “This increases what is here today. Not as far as they would like, but it leaves the stage open for future expansion plans.” As the Riverdale Review reported last July, the MTA announced the extra Metro-North trains after figures revealed that weekend ridership was growing significantly faster than ridership during the traditional peak travel period. At the time, Metro-North president Howard Permut said such service investments would have a tremendous impact on all commuter rail riders. “We are gratified to be able to add service where it’s most needed—on weekends and in the off-peak periods,” he said. “By establishing 30-minute headways where we now offer only hourly service, we make the railroad an even more attractive choice, and we expect ridership to grow even more as a result of these initiatives.”

5 The RIVERDALE REVIEW • Thursday, January 3, 2013

Commuter rail service set to expand on Metro-North line

Thursday, January 10, 2013 • The RIVERDALE REVIEW


Riverdale artists exhibit at Yonkers library

Riverdale Art Association artists will exhibit paintings, photographs, pottery and sculpture during January at the Grinton I Will Library in Yonkers during January. This is a judged exhibit, the judge is Arle Sklar -Weinstein of the Blue Door Artists Association of Yonkers, NY.. Barnabas Quigley, Nancy Quigley, Bob Robinson, Whitney Harris, Gloria Karlson, Ruth Hurd, Beverly Barker, Lillian Masters, Aija Sears, Mabel Cohen, Joan Levine, Joyce Dutka, Lisa Marum, Amoree Beckman, Esther Ibisch, Esther Wallach, Lorraine Trovato Cantori- and Michael Sharkey are showing their recent work. Many are award winning artists. The Reception to meet the artists will be Thursday, January 10 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. The exhibit is open during library hours in the Fine Arts Department. The Grinton I Will Library is located in Yonkers at 1500 Central Park Avenue (just south of Tuckahoe Road). 914 337-1500 The Riverdale Art Association is a group of local artists who also welcome the community and new members at its meetings. They meet the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the Riverdale Atria, Henry Hudson Parkway East, just south of the Monument.

Flea market at St. John’s Church

St. John’s Church will host a flea market on Saturday, January 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale will be held at the Old St. John’s School located at 3030 Godwin Terrace in the Bronx. Clothes, jewelry, accessories and brica-brac will be sold at bargain prices. Free parking will also be available so get there early and snare yourself a great find. For more information, please call 718543-3003.

‘Footloose’ to be performed at Riverdale Y

Get ready to cut loose and lose your blues as Riverdale Rising Stars presents ‘Footloose,’ the dance-filled musical based on the 1984 film with a chart-topping soundtrack, for a limited engagement of five performances only, from January 12 through January 20, 2013. When a big-city boy moves to the small - and small-minded - town of Bomont, he soon discovers that dancing is illegal within the city limits. To the accompaniment of top 40 hits including ‘Almost Paradise,’ ‘Holding Out for a Hero,’ ‘Let’s Hear it for the Boy,’ and the infectious title song, he and his new friends, including the minister’s rebellious teenage daughter, band together to hold a dance where they can cut footloose and celebrate being young, alive, and in love. Featuring a cast of 30 talented young thespians ages 12 to 18 from Riverdale, Yonkers, Upper Manhattan, and beyond, performances will be held at the Riverdale YM-YWHA, located at 5625 Arlington Avenue (just off of Riverdale Avenue and West 256th Street), in Riverdale, Bronx, NY. Performance schedule and prices: Saturday, January 12 at 8pm; Sunday, January 13 at 3pm; Thursday, January 17 at 7:30pm; Saturday, January 19 at 8pm* (followed by ‘Almost Paradise’ 80s Prom ‘fun’ raiser); Sunday, January 20 at 3pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for seniors and students if purchased online

at, or $22 for adults and $14 for seniors and students if purchased at the door prior to showtime. Tickets are also available by calling 718.548.8200 ext 0. For group sales, please email Following the Saturday January 19 8pm performance of FOOTLOOSE, stick around for ‘Almost Paradise,’ an 80s prom ‘fun raiser’ featuring a DJ playing the greatest hits of the 80s, plus a complimentary glass of spiked punch and a wine/beer cash bar. Costume pieces will be available for rental during intermission. Prom/show tickets are $36, while show-only and prom-only tickets are $20. ‘Almost Paradise’ will benefit performing arts programs at the Riverdale YM-YWHA, and will fund scholarships so that even more young people can participate in our award-winning programs.

Jewish spirituality for the modern woman

The Rosh Chodesh Society is a sisterhood dedicated to inspiring and empowering Jewish women through monthly cultural learning experiences. The Rosh Chodesh Society’s newest course, It’s About Time: Kabbalistic Insights for Taking Charge of Your Life, aims to empower women to implement change in seven key areas in their lives. Topics discussed in the course include emotional mastery, sleep and renewal, nutrition and dieting, happiness, communication skills, faith and knowledge, and how to implement lasting change. The course is designed for people at all levels of Jewish knowledge. Participants without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning can attend and enjoy this course. This month, Rebbetzin Sorah Shemtov will be teaching Food in Focus: The Kabbalah of Spiritual Dieting on Saturday, January 12 between 12:15-1:15 pm at Chabad of Riverdale. Our relationships with food are rather complex. There is overeating, undereating, and unhealthy eating. We will examine why it is that many diets just don’t seem to work in the long-term. This lesson explores the kabbalistic reason for the allure of food, and introduces Jewish practices that can help make our eating more mindful, healthful, and spiritually satisfying. For more information about this upcoming lesson, or future ones, please visit our website or call Chabad of Riverdale at 718-549-1100 Ext. 10.

New activities at the Riverdale Senior Services

Clubs, Computer Classes, special events and parties, exercise, meditation, yoga, bridge games, maj jong, Wii bowling are just some of the happenings at the Riverdale Senior Services, located at 2600 Netherland Avenue in the Century Building. The center will also be offering the following programs: Wednesdays at 2:45, Yiddish Group Friday, January 11th at 10:30. Department of Transportation Session 1 Thursday, January 24th at 10:00, Pilates with Marisa Tuesday, January 29th at 1:00. December and January Birthday Party. Enjoy a delicious lunch followed by entertainment by Diedre The Center is currently registering members for a trip to Macy’s on Wednesday, January 16th, Lunch at Sammy’s on Friday, January 18th, Empire City on Monday, January 28th and Lunch and

Shopping on Arthur Ave on Wednesday, January 30th. Please register in the office for all trips. The Riverdale Senior Services is funded in part by the NYC Department for the Aging and is open Monday – Friday from 9 – 5. A wide variety of activities are offered daily as well as a hot lunch. New members are always welcome and for more information you can call 718-884-5900.

Bronxites urged to apply to local community boards

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. today invited Bronx residents to make a difference in their community by joining their local Community Board. The Office of the Bronx Borough President will be accepting applications for all 12 Community Boards from city residents who reside, work or have professional or other significant interests in the Bronx. ‘Participation on local Community Boards can provide Bronx residents with a forum to share with their community their expertise and talents,’ said Borough President Diaz. ‘It is important that community residents participate in the decision making process in their communities on important budget, land use and service delivery issues.’ Applications are available at the Borough President’s Community Board office at (718) 590-3914 or at your local community board office. Interested applicants may also get forms on-line at The deadline for submission of applications for the next round of appointments is February 8, 2013.

CSAIR fundraiser to feature The TJs

It turns out you can go home again. That hot rock and folk ensemble - with the odd name, ‘The TJs’ - usually plays gigs in Manhattan venues like the National Underground and Bar 169, or outdoor festivals like Riverfest. But on Saturday, January 12, local Riverdale residents will get a chance to see the seven piece band up close and personal right here on Mosholu Avenue near Broadway. The gig is a special one for the TJs because all seven members are Riverdale residents. ‘We love playing here in Riverdale. We play roots rock and folk and the band’s own roots are right here,’ explained Dave LaDue, the band’s bass guitarist and one of six vocalists. The band’s many singers allows them to cover a wide variety of material in different styles.

The event is open to the public and takes place in the event room at Kelly Ryan’s (5790 Mosholu Avenue). The doors open at 7:30 p.m. and admission is just $12. All proceeds go to benefit the Men’s Organization at Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale. The band plays classic covers and their own ordinals, and features saxophone, guitars and bass. It’s a short trip for Riverdale residents and a great change for the band to play here at home. See for more information. Tickets available at the door.

Neumann-Goldman Post 69 & Ladies Auxiliary

Jewish War Veterans: All veterans are welcome to participate in the only active Jewish War Veterans post in the Kingsbridge/Riverdale area. Neumann - Goldman Post 69 & Ladies Auxiliary regularly meets on the third Sunday of each month at the James J. Peters V A Medical Center located at 130 Kingsbridge Road at 10 a.m., in room 3D22, on the third floor of the medical center. The next meeting will be held on Sunday, February 17. Registration is not required and members of other posts are welcome or if your original post no longer exists. With advance notice, transportation can be arranged. Services are held in a 100-year old chapel on the medical center’s grounds. For additional information, call Mel Saks, Post Commander at 914-337-0277 (email:, or Herb Barrett at 718-548-6832 (email: Neumann-Goldman Post 69 & Ladies Auxiliary is the main supporter of the Memorial Grove Restoration Group’s move to restore the War Memorial located in Van Cortlandt Park at West 246th Street - grove.


Thursday, January 10 Riverdale

BILINGUAL BIRDIES 11:30 a.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue A foreign language (Spanish) and live music program for children ages newborn to five years old with parent/caregiver. The bilingual musicians teach through live music, movement, puppetry and games. Each session ends with a lively bubble dance party! Children learn basic vocabulary and short phrases while playing with instruments and fun props. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 718-549-1212.


CB8 MEETING 7 p.m. Community Board 8 5676 Riverdale Avenue Meeting of the Libraries & Cultural Affairs Committee of Community Board 8. For more info, call 718-884-3959.

Friday, January 11 Kingsbridge

STAY WELL EXERCISE 10 a.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Stay Well volunteers certified by the NYC’s Department for the Aging will lead participants in a well-balanced series of exercises for seniors of all ability levels. Please wear loose comfortable clothing. Exercise equipment will be provided. Those participating in the exercises must sign an activity release form. For more information, call 718-548-5656.


GENTLE YOGA 10 a.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Gentle Yoga is designed for students who have special needs and/or limitations. This class is a variation of basic level I yoga format, moving more slowly and includes attention to the special needs of the individual. For more information, call 718-549-1212.


FUN SCIENCE 3:30 p.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Children are welcome to come to the Riverdale Branch and learn more about the scientific process. They will conduct experiments and have fun while learning how the world around them operates. For ages 5 to 12 years. For more information, call 718-549-1212.

Saturday, January 12 Kingsbridge

FLEA MARKET 9 a.m. Old St. John’s School 3030 Godwin Terrace Clothes, jewelry, accessories and bric-a-brac will be sold at bargain prices. Free parking will also be available so get there early and snare yourself a great find. For more information, please call 718-543-3003.


ROSH CHODESH 12:15 p.m. Chabad of Riverdale 535 W. 246th Street Rebbetzin Sorah Shemtov will be teaching Food in Focus: The Kabbalah of Spiritual Dieting. This lesson explores the kabbalistic reason for the allure of food, and introduces Jewish practices that can help make our eating more mindful, healthful, and spiritually satisfying. For info, call 718-549-1100 Ext. 10.

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CHARLES DICKENS 2 p.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street The Friends of Dickens, New York--the Dickens Fellowship, will present dramatic readings from: David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Christmas Carol, The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton, and more. For more information, call 718-796-1202.


JOB SEARCH 2 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street In this session, partcipants will learn how to plan, set goals, and manage their job search on an ongoing basis, so that they stay motivated and get the job that they want! For more information, call 718-548-5656.

Sunday, January 13 Riverdale

DINNER & SHOW 3:30 p.m. Chabad of Riverdale 535 W. 246th Street Join the Jewish Women’s Circle for dinner and a show.

Lévana Kirschenbaum will be presenting a spectacular cooking demonstration, followed by a delicious and healthy meal. For more information, call 718-549-1100 ext. 10.

Monday, January 14 Spuyten Duyvil

BOOK TALK 11 a.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street Each participant briefly describes & shares thoughts about a book recently read. Discussion & recommendations are the happy result of this sharing. For info, call 718-796-1202.


CB8 MEETING 7:30 p.m. Community Board 8 5676 Riverdale Avenue Meeting of the Economic Development Committee of Community Board 8. For more information, call 718-884-3959.

Tuesday, January 15 Riverdale

e-READER HELP 11 a.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Learn how to download free e-books from the New York Public Library. Get help on using your iPad, Kindle or other e-reader. First come, first served. Tuesdays @ 11:00 a.m. (some exceptions, please check the online calendar or branch calendar) Wednesdays between 2 and 4 p.m. by appointment only. Call Lynda at 718-549-1212.

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STORYTELLING 3:30 p.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street The Elves and the Shoemaker & Other Tales from the Brothers Grimm. Stories presented by LuAnn Adams. For ages 6 and older. For more information, call 718-796-1202.


CB8 MEETING 7:30 p.m. Manhattan College Fishbach Room 3825 Corlear Avenue Meeting of the Traffic & Transportation Committee of Community Board 8. For more information, call 718-884-3959.



Wednesday, January 16 Riverdale

BRANDEIS GROUP MEETING 12:30 p.m. Riverdale Temple West 246th St. & Independence Ave. The Riverdale Chapter of The Brandeis National Committee will meet. The program will be a most memorable musicale presented by the celebrated concert violinist, David Podles.


AARP MEETING 12:30 p.m. Riverdale Presbyterian Church 4765 Henry Hudson Pkwy. West The Riverdale Chapter 1546 of AARP will meet. Entertainment by the group Vocal Ease. The community is invited, refreshments will be served. For info, call Manfred Segal at 718-549-0088.


BOOK DISCUSSION 1 p.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue This month the group will be discussing The Trial by Franz Kafka. Book club participants must reserve copies of each title through the Library’s catalog system. Reserve your copy by placing a hold online at or visiting your local branch. For more information, call 718-549-1212.


CB8 MEETING 7 p.m. Community Board 8 5676 Riverdale Avenue Meeting of the Environment & Sanitation Committee of Community Board 8. For more info, call 718-884-3959.


CHOIR REHEARSAL 7:30 p.m. Hebrew Institute of Riverdale 3700 Henry Hudson Parkway The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale Community Choir is resuming its eleventh season. New members as well as former members are invited. For further info, contact music director Jonathan Dzik at or 718-549-8520.

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Thursday, January 17 Kingsbridge

CB8 MEETING 7 p.m. 50th Police Precinct 3450 Kingsbridge Avenue Meeting of the Public Safety Committee of Community Board 8. For more information, call 718-884-3959.


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Rejuvenate with Yoga Tone your body and calm your mind with a challenging and deeply restorative yoga practice. There will be sessions on Thursdays, Jan 16- Feb 20, 7:45-9pm at Sotheby’s Lower Level, 3732 Riverdale Ave (next to Yo-Burger). Rate: $20/single class, $102/ 6 week

series (=$17/class) bring a mat if you have one/ some are available to rent. Contact to register. CLASSES ALSO OFFERED FRIDAYS 9:30-10:30am and SUNDAYS 5:306:45pm. For more information, visit www.

LOCAL CAFÉ GOES BELLY UP: Pure Energy Organic Café in North Riverdale has officially closed after just six months in business. According to a sign posted outside the store, located at 5802 Mosholu Avenue, tenants are currently being sought to lease the now-vacant 900-squarefoot space. According to the property owner, the operators of the juice bar were forced to vacate after they failed to secure enough funds to keep their business open. The owner is listing the property himself, so no real estate agency or broker is involved. He said the asking rent is $2,000 per month and that the property is available for immediate vacancy. Surrounding businesses include a deli/bodega, a beauty salon, two barber shops and a burger restaurant. For more information about the space, call Sharma on 718-549-1200.


KOSHER EATERY CLOSES: River Delight, a glatt kosher restaurant with a varied menu that included middle-eastern cuisine as well as deli sandwiches, has closed for business. A board of health restaurant inspection in December found 38 violation points at the 3534 Johnson Avenue establishment, but the reason for closing is unclear. Local merchants speculated that rent increases were high while customer traffic was low. The landlord, Friedland Properties, with three other vacancies on that block alone, could not be reached for comment as of press time. Riverdale resident Ari Hoffnung said he enjoyed countless deli sandwiches with friends and family at River Delight and was sad to hear the shop had closed.

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“We really need to do more to create an environment where small businesses, like neighborhood delis, grocers and book shops, can thrive rather than be driven out of business,” he said. “No one in Riverdale wants to walk by empty storefronts. It’s bad for the neighborhood, it’s bad for real estate, and it’s bad for the city’s overall economy.” Nearby prepared food options for glatt kosher shoppers include a takeout shop and general market on the same block and a Riverdale Avenue market run by the wife of River Delight’s owner. FROZEN YOGURT CHAIN COMING TO RIVERDALE: Menchie’s, a California-based frozen yogurt chain, will expand and open their long-awaited store in Riverdale later this year. Menchie’s will lease 1,400 square feet of space at 3555 Johnson Avenue, a site that formerly housed Washington Mutual Bank. Like their rival 16 Handles, Menchie’s customers will be able to mix and match any combination of frozen yogurt flavors and toppings at a self-serve station, with pricing determined by weight. GARDEN GOURMET LOOKS TO EXPAND: Could the ongoing construction next to Garden Gourmet at 5665 Broadway be a site for possible expansion of the thriving produce and specialty foods emporium? According to filings submitted with the Department of Buildings and posted at the construction site, the space at 5675 Broadway is being converted from a clothing store to a food store. Further details are expected to filter through in the spring. Watch this space.


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for nonmembers. Programs fill quickly so registration is strongly recommended. Call 914-762-2912 x110 to reserve.

WINTERTIME PUPPET SHOW 11 a.m. Greenburgh Nature Center 99 Dromore Road Come watch Puppeteer Jill Liflander and her creative sidekicks at the Nature Center! Participants dance with Jilly and her silly, fluffy puppets, play instruments and hear stories. Recommended age: 11AM show ages 4 and under; 1PM show ages 4-7. Space is limited and shows usually sell out. Pre-register online. Members $7, Non-Members $10. For info, call 914-723-3470.

ARTISTS RECEPTION 6 p.m. Will Branch Library 1500 Central Park Avenue Riverdale Art Association artists will exhibit paintings, photographs, pottery and sculpture during January. The Reception to meet the artists will be Jan. 10. For directions, call 914 337-1500.

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Saturday, January 12 Ossining

OPOSSUM DEBUT! 1 p.m. Teatown Lake Reservation 1600 Spring Valley Road Meet one of Teatown’s newest additions to the wildlife ambassador team. We’ll wake her up for a snack, and chat about opossums and how they cope with winter weather. Free for members; $5pp

SHAKESPEARE IN THE CHURCH 1:30 p.m. St. Paul’s Church 897 S. Columbus Avenue A Midsummer’s Night Dream. At 1:30 PM, enjoy a performance by the Red Monkey Theatre Group of William Shakespeare’s popular comedy about events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens to Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Also view the site’s feature exhibition, “A Clash of Cultures: Anne Hutchinson’s Brief Life near St. Paul’s Church.” For more information, contact David Osborn at 914-667-4116

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PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA 3 p.m. Saunders High School 183 Palmer Road Come join the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra on January 13, 2013 for our second concert of our Gala 50th Anniversary Season. The program will feature Andy Lin playing Hoffmeister’s Viola Concerto, Mendelssohn’s Fingal’s Cave Overture, Brahms Second Symphony and as a special treat, Engraft composed by Jeeyoung Kim, a concerto for Erhu and strings. For more information, call 914 631-6674.

Tuesday, January 15 White Plains

WESTCHESTER CHORAL REHEASAL 7 p.m. Music Conservatory of Westchester 216 Central Avenue Westchester Choral Society, conducted by Frank Nemhauser, announces Spring Tuesday rehearsals beginning January 15. New singers are welcome for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in March and Gershwin/Porter in June. Those interested are invited to rehearse with the group before scheduling a singer-friendly audition. For info, call 914-285 9026 or email

Friday, January 18 White Plains

SHAKESPEARE 8 p.m. Rochambeau School 228 Fisher Avenue Fort Hill Players will present a performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ For more information, visit www. or call 914-946-5143.

Saturday, January 19 Scarsdale

BOWLS FOR HUNGER PROJECT 10 a.m. Greenburgh Nature Center 99 Dromore Road Nature Center in partnership with United Way and Clay Art Center – Participate in the Volunteer Center of United Way’s Martin Luther King Day of Service, a county-wide day of community service. Volunteers (ages 8 and up) come to the Center to create ceramic bowls with artists from the Clay Art Center. The bowls are given to local organizations who feed the hungry. Enrollment limited to 24 volunteers and pre-registration is required online at www.volunteer-center. org/mlk. FREE. For more info, call 914-723-3470l.


AROUND THE FROZEN LAKE 1 p.m. Teatown Lake Reservation 1600 Spring Valley Road Join us for a hike around Teatown Lake. We’ll talk about life under the ice and how wildlife adapt to winter in this region. Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Programs fill quickly so registration is strongly recommended. Call 914-762-2912 x110 to reserve.

Sunday, January 20 Ossining

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT 11 a.m. Teatown Lake Reservation 1600 Spring Valley Road Omnivore, herbivore, carnivore – you are what you eat! We’ll

explore the eating habits of a few diverse animals to see how they chow down! Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Programs fill quickly so registration is strongly recommended. Call 914-762-2912 x110 to reserve.

Monday, January 21 Scarsdale

MEET THE ANIMALS 11 a.m. Greenburgh Nature Center 99 Dromore Road Come for an hour of fun as a naturalist shows off some of our favorite animals. For children ages 5 to 12 and their adult companions. Members $5, Non-Members $8. For more information, call 914-723-3470.

Wednesday, January 23 Mt. Vernon

BRAZILIAN JAZZ 1 p.m. St. Paul’s Church 897 S. Columbus Avenue Featuring Mark Morganelli, flugelhorn, Brazilian jazz selections, accompanied by keyboard. For more information, contact David Osborn at 914-667-4116.

Saturday, January 26 Ossining

FERRET FROLIC 11 a.m. Teatown Lake Reservation 1600 Spring Valley Road Together we’ll learn a bit about the native weasels in our forests and have a play-date with our curious ferret friends. Please note this program is for families with children ages 4 and over. Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Programs fill quickly so registration is strongly recommended. Call 914-762-2912 x110 to reserve.

Sunday, January 27 Ossining

WINTERING DUCK DRIVE 9 a.m. Teatown Lake Reservation 1600 Spring Valley Road Meet in Teatown’s parking lot to enjoy a morning of searching for wintering ducks with Charlie Roberto. FREE. Programs fill quickly so registration is strongly recommended. Call 914762-2912 x110 to reserve.


FEEDING FUN 11 a.m. Greenburgh Nature Center 99 Dromore Road It’s mealtime in our live animal museum. Come see what’s on the menu. Included with Museum admission – Free for Members! For more information, call 914-723-3470.


WINTER TREE ID 1 p.m. Teatown Lake Reservation 1600 Spring Valley Road Learn to identify trees by their bark, branching and buds – no need for leaves! Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Programs fill quickly so registration is strongly recommended. Call 914-762-2912 x110 to reserve.

Wednesday, January 30 Mt. Vernon

FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR 1 p.m. St. Paul’s Church 897 S. Columbus Avenue Talk and discussion about the Great War for Empire: The French and Indian War. For info, contact David Osborn at 914-667-4116.

Wednesday, February 6 Yonkers

LECTURE ON PSORIASIS 2 p.m. Riverfront Library One Larkin Center A free educational program, Refusing to Hide—Simple Strategies for Living with Psoriasis. You’ll learn facts about psoriasis as well as simple strategies for working with your dermatologist to manage your psoriasis. For more information, contact Patient Advocate Stephanie Kramer at 845-541-4956.

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10 a.m. Teatown Lake Reservation 1600 Spring Valley Road What clues can be found in nature? What signs do animals leave behind to find? Join in as we scout the trails looking for tracks and traces that are nature’s clues. Free for members; $5pp for nonmembers. Programs fill quickly so registration is strongly recommended. Call 914-762-2912 x110 to reserve.

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The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale Community Choir is resuming its eleventh season starting Wednesday, January 16. Weekly rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the social hall at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 3700 Henry Hudson Parkway. New members as well as former members are invited. Music-reading ability is helpful, but the ability to sing harmony in an ensemble is required. Repertoire includes mainly Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and English secular works and liturgical settings. Transliterations are provided for all non-English lyrics, and CDs or tapes are provided to help members master their individual voice parts. Concerts are planned for mid-April. For further information, contact music director Jonathan Dzik at JFDzik326@aol. com or 718-549-8520.

Family Yoga this Sunday

Come play yoga with your child(ren) this Sunday Jan. 13, 4-5pm (and every Second Sunday of the month) at Sotheby’s lower level, 3732 Riverdale Ave, (next to Yo-Burger). This will be a Yoga adventure for parents and children. There will be movement games, yoga poses and use imaginations to invent new poses. For children aged 2 1/2 and up. Rate: $22 for 1 parent and 1 child, $5 for each additional child and/or parent.

Bring a mat if you have one/ some are available if you don’t have. Registration: Advance registration is recommended, contact or visit WWW.GROUNDEDGROWTHYOGA.COM

Chabad to present dinner and show

Are you searching for mouthwatering recipes that are not only healthy, but innovative and easy to follow? Join the Jewish Women’s Circle for dinner and a show at Chabad of Riverdale on Sunday, January 13, 2013 from 3.30-6pm. Eat your way to health with Lévana Kirschenbaum, longtime chef of Manhattan’s kosher gourmet restaurant, Levana, and creator of The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen. Lévana promises your new whole foods diet will taste so good, you won’t ever go back. Rebbetzin Sorah Shemtov will commence the event with a welcome coffee and tea, and a heartwarming talk about Tu B’shvat. Renowned Kosher chef Lévana Kirschenbaum will then be presenting a spectacular cooking demonstration, followed by a delicious and healthy meal. Autographed cookbooks will be available for purchase - the perfect gift for someone special in your life. Admission for this event is $60 ($50 Early Bird Special for registration before January 7). Reservations and prepayment are necessary. To RSVP, please call Suzanne at 914-709-0308.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Rabbi Levi Y. Shemtov at Chabad of Riverdale at 718-549-1100 ext. 10 or email

Teach Spanish to senior citizens

The Riverdale Y is looking for volunteers to teach Spanish to our Senior Center. If you enjoy meeting new people and sharing the beautiful Spanish language with eager students, please contact : Sandra Ehrlich 718 548 8200 ext. 300 and leave a voice mail message or write to: Thanks for Volunteering at the Riverdale Y! Riverdale YMYWHA is located at 5625 Arlington Avenue.

CSAIR to offer course on works on Philip Roth

The Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale (CSAIR) will present a three-session course on the short fiction of Philip Roth on Mondays, January 14, 18 and February 4, starting at 8 p.m. each evening. Over the past half-century, Roth has been both revered and reviled. This course, taught by Professor Wendy Ziegler of Hebrew Union College, will revisit some of Roth’s provocative stories, noting how they helped to set an agenda, and the standard, for Jewish fiction writing.

Participants will read the novel ‘The Ghost Writer’ as well as the novella ‘Goodbye Columbus,’ the short stories ‘Defender of the Faith,’ ‘Conversion of the Jews,’ and ‘Eli the Fanatic,’ which are all contained in the volume ‘Goodbye Columbus.’ ‘The Ghost Writer’ and ‘Goodbye Columbus’ are both available for purchase through the CSAIR office. There is a $25 registration fee for this course which is presented in cooperation with Context: a program of the Institute for Jewish Learning at the Jewish Theological Seminary. For more information on this and other education opportunities at CSAIR, call the synagogue office at 718-543-8400. CSAIR is located at 475 West 250th Street at the Henry Hudson Parkway.

Riverdale AARP Chapter to meet

The Riverdale Chapter 1546 of AARP will meet on Wednesday, January 16th, at 12:30 p.m. at the Riverdale Presbyterian Church, 4765 Henry Hudson Parkway West. We will be entertained by a non-profit group VOCAL EASE consisting of various young talented singers and pianist. They will open the new year’s programming with a selection from Broadway musicals and operettas. The community is invited to join us, refreshments will be served. For additional information, call Manfred Segal at l-718549-0088.

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The Bronx, Israel, and Influencing History

The news out of our nation’s capital is exciting. A prominent member of the Bronx delegation to Congress has assumed the post of Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is in line to become chair should the Democrats regain their majority. This couldn’t come at a more critical time for the State of Israel, faced with existential threats from its enemies. And it won’t be the first time that congressional politics might have a major effect on American policy toward Israel. In 1947, Congressman Benjamin Rabin of The Bronx resigned his seat, effective December 31, to assume a seat on the New York State Supreme Court. Today, becoming a member of the U.S. House of Representatives is considered by many to be the culmination of a political career. Back then, it was viewed as a stepping stone to other “better” political jobs, even a spot on New York’s lowest court. A special election was called for February 17, 1948. This was just months before the State of Israel declared its independence, and just about two months after the United Nations voted to partition Palestine into a Jewish and Arab state. With war on the horizon, the Jews of Palestine were suffering under an American arms embargo, and there was concern as to whether President Truman would recognize the Jewish state once independence was declared. Leo Isacson, a former one-term assemblyman who ran under the banner of the far left-wing American Labor Party, quickly declared his candidacy for the vacant seat. Isacson was a committed Zionist, consistent with support at that time from the American left (as well as the Soviet Union) for a Jewish state. The stakes were high. Isacson was backed by a former vice president, Henry Wallace, who was preparing his own run for president with the support of the ALP, a real threat to the president’s re-election prospects. Wallace had a particular axe to grind here. The Bronx Democratic leader, the legendary Edward J. Flynn, was a major power in the national party and had been a confidant of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had recently died. Flynn lobbied to have Wallace dropped as the vice presidential nominee in 1944, which, as things turned out, would have put Wallace in the White House when Roosevelt died suddenly in April, 1945. With Wallace’s strong support, Isacson ran a spirited race as the candidate of “Peace, Prosperity, and Palestine” and won nearly 56 percent of the vote in a four-way race in the working-class southeast Bronx’s 24th District. Taking his seat, despite the efforts of at least one Republican to have the House refuse to seat him because his “loyalty was in doubt,” he declared in his first speech on the day he took office, “I am a Jew!” Isacson fought the arms embargo against the Jews of Palestine and the following day introduced his first bill, one which would “recognize the independent Jewish State in Palestine and guarantee its security against attack.” All this could not have escaped the attention of the White House. If Leo Isacson could beat the powerful Bronx Democratic Party over the issue of the Jewish state, this put the normally reliably Democratic Jewish vote in play. Certainly there has been much speculation as to the reasons for Truman’s quick recognition of Israel in May, but the political lesson of the February 17 special election in The Bronx was noted. Isacson became the first (of many) members of Congress to visit Israel, at some personal risk of life and limb during the War of Independence. But back at home, the Jewish vote solidified behind the Democrats, who joined with the Republicans to defeat Isacson in the November election. With Truman solidly behind Israel, Jewish support for Wallace melted away. Leo Isacson served less than a year in Congress, never won another office and died in 1996. There are lessons to be learned here. Congressman Engel will have no official role on confirming or rejecting former Senator Chuck Hagel as defense secretary. But as a key player on foreign policy, Engel’s voice is an important one to be heard. Perhaps he can influence senators that Mr. Hagel’s perceived animosity toward Israel, our only reliable ally in the Middle East, is reason to reject him for this post. We urge Congressman Engel to try and use his considerable persuasive talents on Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, who do have a vote in this matter, to reject this ill-advised appointment. Perhaps once again, The Bronx will have placed the right man in the right place at the right time, just as we did in 1948, and again influence the course of history.

Upcoming events at JASA Senior Center Upcoming special events at JASA Van Cortlandt Senior Center for January 2013: Commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Day on Wed. Jan. 16th with James Cannings, world musician/ composer, at 11:30 AM. Stay for a delectable lunch at 12: 15 PM followed by lively dance music. Suggested contributions are $2.00 for lunch and $2.00 for entertainment. Call the center office 718-549-4700 by Thurs. Jan. 11th to reserve for lunch. Celebrate Tu Bishvat, Israel Arbor Day, with flutist Suki Rae and guitar accompanist Steve Bloom on Fri. Jan. 25th. A festive chicken lunch will be served at 12:15 PM followed by a varied concert of Hebrew, folk and jazz music. Refreshments will be served. Suggested contributions are $2.00 for lunch and $2.00 for entertainment. Call the center office 718-5494700 by Fri. Jan. 18th to reserve for lunch. Brush up on Yiddish with Sarah on Tues. Jan. 15th and

22nd at 11:00 AM. Hepatitis Presentation by Bronx Aids Services on Fri. Jan. 18th at 11:00 AM Practice ‘Meditation & Relaxation’ with Clara on Tues. Jan. 8, 15 and 22nd at 1:15 PM after lunch. Join our sing-along with folk music ensemble on Jan. 3rd and with pianist, Marilyn and the ensemble group on Jan. 17th at 11:00 AM. We are offering several culturally enriching day trips to Cross County Theater on 1/4; Ridgewood Mall on 1/10; Palisades Mall on 1/15 and Sands Casino on 1/24. For information and reservations, please contact Maritza Silva at 718-549-4700. JASA Van Cortlandt Senior Center offers Senior Fitness on Mon., Movement on Tues., Tai Chi on Wed., Yoga on Thurs. and Tone & Stretch on Fri. Call the center at 718-549-4700 for specific dates and times of these classes. All meals at JASA Van Cortlandt Senior Center are catered

by Mauzone (kosher) Meal Service. We offer a daily alternate choice of main dish. We are located in the Van Cortlandt Jewish Center at 3880 Sedgwick Ave. off of Van Cortlandt Ave. West on the Bronx #1 or #10 bus routes. For more information, please call the center office at 718549-4700. JASA Van Cortlandt Senior Center is funded by NYC Dept. for the Aging, UJA- Federation of NY and by special grants from Council Member Oliver Koppell and other NYS representatives.

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Community Board 8 member and City Council candidate Andrew Cohen signs the Daily News’ gun petition, a campaign w hich calls for a ban on all assault weapons. The petition was sparked by the Newtown, CT shooting.

Hebrew Home unveils expansion plan place at the Passionist’s retreat house between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on January 28. “This is a starting point,” he said. “I am very sensitive to the imposition that our neighbors have. Over the last four years, 100 fewer cars are coming onto campus every day. Our goal is to further reduce that and to look at the traffic patterns.” CB8 chairman Robert Fanuzzi said the information session was worthwhile but that he expected further details to emerge in the coming months. “I think there’s a lot still that we need to find out about,” he said after the meeting. “It’s hard to judge concepts. I look forward to seeing the plans. There are crucial land use and zoning issues, and of course, we’re also concerned about traffic—traffic for services and traffic for residents—and 700 people is a big increase in capacity for a riverfront area.”

The development proposal in a nutshell: • A new 300 unit Independent Living Residence for seniors with supportive commons spaces • A conversion and 56,000 square-foot enlargement of a part of the existing Skilled Nursing Facility to eliminate 150 beds and create approximately 75 Assisted Living Apartments • A new 47 unit Age Restricted Residence (with dedicated underground parking) • A new below-grade parking structure for approximately 340 cars underneath the proposed residential development.

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Continued from Page 1 Reingold committed to preserving as much open space as possible and maintaining accessibility to the riverfront. He also vowed to incorporate the Greenway initiative into the home’s plans. “We’re also hoping to use this project to develop a master plan for what will now be a 32-acre campus which will create better traffic flow through the community, lowered use of cars and regular use of mass transportation.” Although the information session yielded more details than expected, Reingold insisted there was plenty of opportunity for the community to provide input. He said two public open house events held in the coming weeks will allow residents to have a dialogue during the design process and air their concerns and thoughts about the plan. The first open house is scheduled to take


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