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Remembering Dr. King’s days in Riverdale By ANDREW WOLF Each year, as we celebrate the national holiday to commemorate the birth of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we should recall the very special connection Dr. King had with The Bronx, especially Riverdale. Most of the King Legacy here was positive, and a bit was less seemly, things we know about only because of the constant, perhaps illegal, and certainly reprehensible surveillance of the great civil rights leader. Dr. King came to Riverdale because it was the home of Clarence B. Jones, a transplanted Californian who lived here during the most productive part of King’s career. Jones was an attorney who acted as Dr. King’s private lawyer, advisor and speech writer. In his writings (Jones, born in 1931 is still alive and lives today in California), he describes how he obtained bail money for Dr. King, imprisoned down South, from the late New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller. Rockefeller arranged for the main branch of the Chase Manhattan Bank, then controlled by his family, to be opened on a Saturday (at a time when no bank ever departed from the traditional “bankers’ hours), and aides doled out the necessary cash. To the discomfort of Jones, he was made to sign a promissory note to get the cash that, to his relief, was returned to him later marked “PAID.” Presumably thanks to the Governor.

Clarence B. Jones, Dr. King’s lawyer and close adviser, was a Riverdale resident. Jones came to Riverdale, which he describes as a suburban enclave in the West Bronx, looking for good schools both public and private. He lived in a house he described as near West 254th Street complete with Hudson River views and just blocks from the Riverdale Metro North station. His location in New York made him the perfect go-between for Dr. King and perhaps the civil rights leader’s closest friend and advisor, Stanley Levison. Levison was a white businessman with strong left-wing ties. In his youth he was a member of the Communist Party USA, and he was said to have maintained those ties over the years. It was suggested that he may have acted as a conduit for funding the party, presumably with cash

from Moscow. The relationship between Dr. King and Levison was thus a subject of great interest to J. Edgar Hoover, then the all-powerful Director of the F.B.I. Most saw the domestic Communist Party as a toothless, burned-out remnant of a once powerful movement that peaked in the 1930s and was a shadow of what it once was by the 1960s. Under constant surveillance by Hoover, any linkage between the Communists and the nascent civil rights movement was of interest. And for different reasons, that interest extended to U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, and his brother the President, John F. Kennedy. The administration in Washington was pro-Civil Rights and wanted to give Dr. King their full support. But they feared that any linkage between the Civil Rights leadership and the Communist Party, would undermine the movement and its leadership. So Dr. King was told in no uncertain terms by the Kennedys to break off his relationship with Stanley Levison, and he reluctantly agreed. It fell to Clarence Jones to act as an intermediary. Usually, meetings and messages would be between Jones and Dr. King or Levison, separately, or if they met in person it would be in Jones’ home. In 1963, serious planning took place for the historic March on Washington. It was decided that Continued on Page 2

Clarence Jones, pictured above center, coordinated the efforts that resulted in Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered at the 1963 March on Washington.

Israeli rabbis relent: Will accept testimony of Rabbi Avi Weiss

By JEREMY SHARON Courtesy of the Jerusalem Post Reversing its earlier stance, the Chief Rabbinate of the State of Israel has formally decided that testimony from prominent U.S. rabbi Avi Weiss regarding individuals’ status as Jews will be accepted by the Israeli body. The Jerusalem Post has learned that in recent days Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett became personally involved in the issue and spoke to the relevant parties to help bring about the resolution. In addition, local Congressman Eliot L. Engel, the senior Democratic member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement after the Israeli Chief Rabbinate reversed course and agreed to accept the religious credentials of Rabbi Avi Weiss. “I was heartened to learn of the Chief Rabbinate’s reconsideration of Rabbi Avi Weiss’ halachic credentials, which will again allow him to submit Jewish status letters on behalf of Jews wishing to marry in Israel.  While in Israel to attend the late Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s funeral, I had the opportunity to express my concerns regarding Rabbi Weiss’ treatment face to face with Ash-

kenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau.” “While I am encouraged to see the decision concerning Rabbi Weiss resolved in a positive manner, I would note that the broader issue of how Diaspora Jewish communities and their religious leaders are recognized by Israeli state institutions remains largely unresolved. The Israeli government has taken recent positive steps to help foster a more inclusive environment for the multitude of Jewish religious practices and traditions in Israel – a trend which I hope continues.”   In a letter dated January 15 to Weiss’s lawyer, the Chief Rabbinate’s legal adviser wrote that after an internal meeting and “further clarifications on the matter,” the rabbinate reached an agreement to accept Weiss’s testimony on Jewish and personal status. In October, it was discovered that the Chief Rabbinate had rejected the credentials of Rabbi Weiss for providing this kind of testimony, after receiving reports from Orthodox rabbis in the US that said Weiss did not adhere to an Orthodox interpretation of Jewish law. Weiss is a Modern Orthodox rabbi who leads an Orthodox congregation. Some of his activities have

aroused controversy in the Orthodox world, however – particularly his establishment of a seminary for women that ordains women as rabbis. The rejection of his credentials generated outrage in the Orthodox Jewish community in the US, as well as from Modern Orthodox groups in Israel, and strained relations between the Diaspora and the religious establishment in Israel. NGOs such as ITIM, Tzohar and Ne’emanei Torah Va’avodah argued that it was unacceptable for the Chief Rabbinate to make decisions based on hearsay and gossip, and threatened to petition the case in the High Court of Justice. Bennett, who is also the Religious Services Minister, has treated the issue as one of great importance, due to the impact it was having on Israel- Diaspora relations. The Bayit Yehudi leader met with Chief Rabbi David Lau last week, and it is believed that they discussed this issue. Jewish immigrants to Israel frequently need a rabbi from their community abroad to testify that they are Jewish, and cannot marry in Israel without a rabbi’s Continued on Page 3

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Dr. King prepared for famous speech here in Riverdale Continued from Page 1 Dr. King needed to devote his full attention to the business at hand. When at home in his Atlanta headquarters, his time was often squandered handling the small day-to-day problems that were brought to him to resolve. It was decided that the ideal place for Dr. King to work was at Clarence Jones’ Riverdale home. In order to make room for Dr. King, Jones and his family temporarily took up residence at the Fieldston home of Peter and Cora Weiss, as the Weiss’ vacationed for three weeks in Martha’s Vineyard. On the weekends, Jones’ wife Anne and their children would head to Mrs. Jones’ mother’s home in Connecticut. Jones was even also charged with renting a temporary home in Riverdale for Dr. King’s top aide, the Rev. Ralph Abernathy. Dr. King, Rev. Abernathy and Jones, as well as Stanley Levison and other key aides made Riverdale their headquarters for organizing the March on Washington. That included drafting Dr. King’s speech. Jones cleverly negotiated with the March organizers for Dr. King to speak last, to guarantee that he would suffer no time constraints. At a final key meeting Jones was sent out with all of the notes and ideas for the speech, and asked by Dr. King to summarize them. Jones did this and presented them to his friend. All that awaited was how the work completed in Riverdale would translated by Dr. King into a memorable speech. As Jones later recalled, “I remember when it was all over but the final act. As I stood some 50 feet behind the lectern, march Chairman A. Philip Randolph introduced Martin, to wild applause, as ‘the moral leader of our nation.’ And I still didn’t know how Martin had pulled the speech together after our meeting. “After Martin greeted the people assembled, he began his speech, and I was shocked

when these words quickly rolled out: ‘It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check.’ “Martin was essentially reciting the opening suggestions I’d handed in the night before. This was strange, given the way he usually worked over the material Stanley and I provided. When he finished the promissory note analogy, he paused. And in that breach, something unexpected, historic and largely unheralded happened. Martin’s favorite gospel singer, Mahalia Jackson, who had performed earlier in the day, called to him from nearby: ‘Tell ‘em about the dream, Martin, tell ‘em about the dream!’ “Martin clutched the speaker’s lectern and seemed to reset. I watched him push the text of his prepared remarks to one side. I knew this performance had just been given over to the spirit of the moment. I leaned over and said to the person next to me, ‘These people out there today don’t know it yet, but they’re about ready to go to church.’ “What could possibly motivate a man standing before a crowd of hundreds of thousands, with television cameras beaming his every move and a cluster of microphones tracing his every word, to abandon the prepared text of his speech and begin riffing on a theme that he had used previously without generating much enthusiasm from listeners? “Before our eyes, he transformed himself into the superb, third-generation Baptist preacher that he was, and he spoke those words that in retrospect feel destined to ring out that day: ‘I have a dream ...’ In front of all those people, cameras, and microphones, Martin winged it. But then, no one I’ve ever met could improvise better. “The speech went on to depart drasti-

Clarence Jones has written several books about his relationship with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King was a frequent guest at Jones’ Riverdale home. cally from the draft I’d delivered, and I’ll be the first to tell you that America is the better for it. As I look back on my version, I realize that nearly any confident public speaker could have held the crowd’s attention with it. But a different man could not have delivered ‘I Have a Dream.’” There is an ugly downside to Martin Luther King’s time spent in Riverdale. The time that Dr. King spent in Riverdale in the weeks leading up to the March on Washington were supposed to be a closely-held secret. But FBI files indicate that that they knew: Jones, King and other close aides were the victims of extensive surveillance including wiretaps. And it was not just political matters that interested J. Edgar Hoover. Apparently, on some occasions stayed at the Riverdale Manor on Broadway and West 254th Street, which was a conventional hotel during the early 1960s. Dr. King’s room was bugged, yielding tapes of romantic interludes involving Dr. King. These tapes were sent to Coretta Scott King anonymously, apparently with the intent of causing the greatest possible damage to Dr. King’s personal life. Some have even suggested that the intent was to cause so much contention that Dr. King would actually commit suicide.


Dr. King was assassinated in 1968, and a national holiday declared by Congress shortly thereafter. It should not be forgotten that this great but flawed man spent many of his most productive days right here, in Riverdale in The Bronx.

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Continued from Page 1 confirmation of their marital status. But in recent months, there have been increasing numbers of Orthodox rabbis whose credentials the Chief Rabbinate has rejected, particularly from the US but also in Europe. But other than Weiss and Berman, none have spoken out. Rabbi Seth Farber, director of the ITIM religious services advisory group that has worked extensively on this issue, welcomed the rabbinate’s decision on Rabbi Weiss but said that much remained to be done to solve the broader issue.

“The travesty that began six months ago with a couple who turned to our offices to arrange their marriage registration has now been resolved,” Farber said. “However, the wider issue of a public governmental body capriciously rejecting rabbis’ letters still remains open, and ITIM calls upon the Chief Rabbinate to formulate criteria which will be transparent and not rely on hearsay. “Although the Rabbi Weiss saga is behind us, there are other rabbis whose letters were rejected, including Rabbi Scot Berman. ITIM sees this battle as going beyond one rabbi or group of rabbis. ITIM

Engel blasts GOP for ignoring the unemployed

Congressman Eliot Engel took to the House floor today to urge House GOP to extend unemployment insurance for the 1.3 million Americans who lost it when the extension expired on December 28, 2013. He said it was a failure of government to ignore those who are still recovering from the worst recession since the Great Depression. House Republicans, in mid-December, blocked an effort by Democrats to extend the program before the cut-off, when 137,315 New Yorkers lost their unemployment insurance. Rep. Engel said, ‘This bipartisan Omnibus spending bill reflects a good-faith effort to return to sensible governing at a time of divided government. However, the GOP’s refusal to extend unemployment insurance is a blemish on the deal, and a failure to continue rebuilding our economy. Americans deserve better. House Speaker John Boehner should allow the House to vote, so we can extend this vital relief to those who lost their jobs through no fault of their own.’ The federal unemployment insurance program - formally called Emergency

Unemployment Compensation - has been reauthorized several times as the economy incrementally recovered. Despite the progress the economy has made since its near collapse in 2008, there are still 1.3 million fewer jobs than there were before the recession. The long-term unemployment as a percentage of the unemployed is 37 percent, far higher than during previous recessions. On average, nationwide, the program provides about $300 a week to recipients. Rep. Engel said, ‘Now is not the time to abandon our workers and their families. Congress should extend this program until the economy has fully recovered.’ He said the failure to extend federal unemployment insurance would also hurt job growth, costing the economy 240,000 jobs nationwide, including almost 20,000 in New York, according to the White House Council of Economic Advisers. ‘Losing even more jobs is not the answer for a recovering economy. Helping families through extended unemployment benefits is the proper course to follow.’

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has put a proposal in front of Chief Rabbi Lau which would enable the rabbinate to recognize institutions rather than individuals. This proposal would put an end to the irresponsible policy of the rabbinate.” Negotiations to create a reliable and transparent process for the authorization of the credentials of Diaspora rabbis are ongoing between the Chief Rabbinate and the Rabbinical Council of America, an association of Orthodox US rabbis, but an agreement has yet to be reached. The Ne’emanei Torah Va’avodah moderate national religious organization that was also heavily involved in working out the deal, and whose lawyer negotiated on Weiss’s behalf, welcomed the agreement. It said the decision represented “recognition of the life work of Rabbi Avi Weiss” and “the halachic legitimacy of Modern Orthodox rabbis.”

Shmuel Shattach, director of Ne’emanei Torah Va’avodah, added: “We hope that this decision will represent a historical change in policy and recognition of Modern Orthodox rabbis. The whole issue proves the necessity of the communal model as the correct way to conduct Israel’s religious services and institutions.” Weiss himself expressed thanks for the “overwhelming support I received from all over the world,” and said an injustice had been corrected. Like ITIM, however, Weiss said that the issue was broader, and that the approval of his credentials was just a first step. “This was never about me personally,” the rabbi said. “I will continue to speak out until all rabbis of the International Rabbinic Fellowship and the Rabbinical Council of America will be formally recognized for this purpose.”



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Beloved SAR asst. principal is leaving for a new and bigger job By DEENA NERWEN On December 6, it was announced that Dr. Rivka Schwartz, the Assistant Principal of the SAR High School will be leaving SAR at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year to assume the position of Director of General Studies at The Frisch School.” Throughout the school day, the news began to spread. Rumors started flying concerning possible incidents that might have caused the move. Yet, most students were simply in disbelief. Dr. Schwartz is to SAR as, for example, the Annex is: It’s vital. It’s a part of us. What was SAR even like without it? However, it’s exactly this notion that Dr. Schwartz finds troubling. “Students think of teachers like furniture… It’s unsettling for students to say, ‘I’m going to come back to visit school and Rabbi Kroll won’t be there.’ But we are also people with our own personal and professional goals and things we want to accomplish and things we want to do.” She chose to take the job at Frisch, not because of any antagonism towards SAR, but because it was an chance for her to further her career as an administrator. “Sometimes, you step back and take stock and say, ‘Where am I professionally? Where would I like to be professionally? What opportunities exist, and do I want to go for them?’” Though, in reality, Dr. Schwartz did not “go for” her new position at Frisch. Last year, a search firm approached her, having been charged by Frisch to look for candidates for an administrative

position. At first, it seemed as though they were looking for someone for the 2013-2014 school year. She declined, as Rabbi Kroll was already leaving the school. However, they later got back to her, saying that in fact, Frisch was just beginning the process very early, and instead wanted her to begin in the 20142015 school year. This was followed by a series of discussions, and in the beginning of this year, Dr. Schwartz let Rabbi Harcsztark, the school’s principal, know that she was considering the position. Eventually, she accepted the post of Director of General Studies at Frisch (essentially becoming their Dr. Shinar). Frisch isn’t only getting one new administrator. In fact, there will also be a new head of school. This complete transition might “allow for more of an all-at-once assessment of where things are and where they might be going,” says Dr. Schwartz. Along these lines, she has begun to think about what types of ideas and reforms she’d like to bring along with her from SAR. “There are many things about my tenure at SAR that I feel I learned a great deal from and I value tremendously and that whether or not specific things get instituted or don’t get instituted in different schools, they’ve helped shape who I am as an educator and how I think about things,” she says. One particular aspect of SAR’s educational approach that she appreciates is that SAR’s General Studies teachers don’t only teach; they help to shape the school’s religious environment and further SAR’s mission

as well. She hopes to take this approach with her as she heads the General Studies department at Frisch. “I have a sense that there’s room to bring that approach and foster growth so that everybody is engaged in the school’s mission,” she anticipates. Still, even with thoughts such as these, Dr. Schwartz intends to be cautious about the way in which she institutes change. “One of the things I have increasingly learned over my career is that I don’t know as much as I thought I knew.” She hopes to spend “meaningful time learning the culture” rather than launch a complete RPS takeover. “I don’t think it’d be a very good model to go in and say, ‘Well, I have answers and I will now dump them in your lap,’” she explains. As she prepares to move on from SAR, Dr. Schwartz reflects on her last nine years. However, rather than state individual contributions that she has made to the school, she focuses primarily on how much she has learned from being a part of a group that had the “remarkable experience” of working at SAR in it’s beginning and formative years. One example of an significant aspect of SAR that she has participated in is Senior Exploration. “I think something that those of us who were involved in are actually pretty proud of is Senior Exploration, which I was involved in from the first year. Senior Ex didn’t come from anywhere. There wasn’t a thing. Then we made up a thing and tweaked the thing and fixed the thing and tried to get the thing to work… Now, it’s like, ‘Oh, Senior Ex, that’s what we do in SAR.’” Similarly, Dr. Schwartz was part of the first crop of GLCs. That forced her, as

well as the other GLCs, to think about such questions as: What does it mean to be a GLC? What does the role look like? How do you fill that role? Dr. Schwartz views her role in SAR over the past nine years as a part of the development of an institution, something much bigger than anything she did single-handedly. “It’s not as though this is the thing that I brought, as much as it is that we, a whole bunch of us, together, have helped shape the institution that is SAR,” says Dr. Schwartz. But this is not to say that Dr. Schwartz hasn’t left her own unique, distinct impact upon the school. “In addition to her enthusiastic and engaging approach to classroom teaching, we will miss Dr. Schwartz’s wry humor, her endless aphorisms and her late night election events,” writes Rabbi Harcsztark. Most AP U.S. History students are all too familiar with such phrases as “Are you all with me here, folks?” and don’t think twice if she happens to stand on a desk every once in a while. She has also been The Buzz advisor for years, and she will be sorely missed. Indeed, it will be difficult to fill her (fashionable) shoes. When Rabbi Kroll left, instead of hiring someone new, the administration simply reallocated responsibilities to existing administrators. However, at this point, there will be too many roles to reallocate. Thus, there is a search underway for a new administrator, and candidates have already been interviewed. At this point, the the school is still unsure whether next year’s administration will be made up of five or six people. More information will follow in future articles on the administration-to be and the reallocation of roles for the 2014-2015 school year.

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Tehillah sponsors seminar for caretakers

Caring for Caretakers Winter/Spring Seminar sponsored by Congregation Tehillah: Jan 26, Feb 23, Mar 30, May 4, June 8. Join Linda Jaffe Caplan, PhD in an informal setting, as we share our experiences about caring about our parents and other loved ones that emerge over the course of time. Share in the discussion of love and loss and the changing nature of our intimate relationships as loved ones age, may become ill, struggle with chronic illness and ultimately, may die. Join family and friends discuss memories and bittersweet moments. Attention will be paid to the evolving changes in our relationships with parents, spouses, children, friends and beloveds. Attendence is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Individuals who have experienced a recent loss also are welcome. The first meeting will be hosted by Debbie and Ed Eisman. Please contact CONGREGATION TEHILLAH to register and receive location specifics.

Pop-up Texas Kosher BBQ @ HIR

One year after Riverdale hosted the first Texas Smokehouse BBQ Pop-Up Restaurant, we are pleased to be joining forces with the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale - The Bayit to bring you our next installment of NYC’s only Kosher BBQ Pop-up. Our award winning BBQ menu will include come to the Bayit (3700 Henry Hudson Parkway East) on Sunday, Jan. 26th, between 12:00pm - 9:00pm or on Monday, Jan. 27th between 4:00pm - 9:00pm. A portion of the proceeds will

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HIR Community Choir to resume rehearsals

The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale Community Choir resumes rehearsals on Wed. night Jan. 29th at 7:30 P.M. at 3700 Henry Hudson Pkwy, downstairs in the social hall. Former, present and new members are invited to attend. Music is sung in 4 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and English. The ability to read music is helpful but not necessary. All songs are transliterated and everyone receives a CD of their part. Performances are scheduled for May. For further information, contact music director Jonathan Dzik at JFDzik326@aol. com or at (718) 549-8520.

Engel: Unemployment rate drop a sign of recovery

Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, called the addition of 74,000 new jobs and the decrease in unemployment from 7% to 6.7% in December a good indication that the economy remains on the path to a sustainable recovery. December marked the 45th consecutive month of job gains. Rep. Engel said, ‘The last time unemployment numbers came in below 7% was in November of 2008. Although the number of jobs added in December was lower than expected, this continued decrease in unemployment is a clear indication that the economy continues

to improve despite lack of Congressional action on job creation legislation. Imagine what recovery would look like with a bipartisan jobs bill.’ ‘The Labor Department reported gains across several industries including professional and business services and manufacturing for the fourth straight month. These are all good indications of recovery.’

RNH to hold annual meeting

The Riverdale Neighborhood House (RNH) will host its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, January 28th 2014 at 8 p.m. RNH will honor GrowNYC. Additionally The Celia and David A. Stein Award for the Teen of the Year will be presented by Richard Stein, Treasurer of the RNH Board. All are invited to attend. RNH is located at 5521 Mosholu Avenue, across from the Riverdale Library. Since its founding in 1872, Riverdale Neighborhood House (RNH) has partnered with the residents of the Northwest Bronx to build and sustain a healthy and productive community. RNH delivers first-rate educational and social services to the entire community: children, teens, seniors and families. RNH programs strengthen the social fabric of our community and enhance the quality of life for our neighbors.

Fieldston Dance Rep to perform

The Fieldston Dance Company’s 2014 repertory project will present the work of dancer and choreographer Alexandra Beller in a concert on Friday, January 24th at 7:30 PM in the Fieldston auditorium. Working alongside the company, Alexandra took movement ideas and spoken word from the young dancers and generated a re-envisioning of her signature work ‘other stories.’ Accompanying the dance

will be guitar virtuoso Robert Poss, who will enhance his original electronic score. Four original short films and a documentary will be included as part of the concert. These films were created by Fieldston film students under the mentorship of Martijn Hart, a professional filmmaker who has worked with Beller. Rounding out the program, five professional dancers from Beller’s company Alexandra Beller/Dances, will preview ‘Give Up...’ a work-in-progress that reveals the humor that can emerge as words fail dance. The evening promises to be an artist’s banquet, featuring collaboration between dancers, poets, musicians, filmmakers, and photographers. Tickets are $7 and the event is open to the public.

Schervier Center sponsors trip to Atlantic City

On Tuesday, January 28, 2014 Schervier Home will sponsor a Day trip to SHOWBOAT CASINO at Atlantic City. Cost is $30.00 per seat, with casino cash back of $25.00. The bus picks up from Schervier Apartments at 2995 Independence Avenue, Riverdale @ 8:55amand Knolls Crescent @ 9:00am. Returns at 8:30pm with drop offs at 230thst. & Kingsbridge Ave.; 232ndst. & Henry Hudson Parkway; Knolls Crescent and Schervier Apartments. For reservations please call NELLIE KENNY @646-269-4906 or @718-543-0237

St. Margaret’s Club trip to sponsor trip to Lancaster

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Thursday, January 23 Spuyten Duyvil

TODDLER TIME 10:30 a.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street A 30 minute program for 18 month olds to 39 months old in the company of a parent and/or caregiver. The program is conducted on a ticketing basis (first come, first served). The program content consists of books, music, rhymes, shakers and /or scarves. Please try to arrive at the library by no latter than 10:15 a.m. For more information, call 718-796-1202.


OPEN COMPUTER LAB 11 a.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Do you need to learn how to open a free e-mail account or practice going online and exploring the Internet? How about learning how to save a document or copy and paste text? Come to this open lab and ask questions and learn from doing. First come, first served. For info, call 718-549-1212.


CB8 MEETING 7 p.m. Community Board 8 5676 Riverdale Avenue Meeting of the Law, Rules & Ethics Committee of Community Board 8. For more information, call 718-884-3959.

Friday, January 24 Riverdale

FOREIGN FILM 10 a.m. Riverdale Y Senior Center 5625 Arlington Avenue Featuring the film, ‘The Flat,’ a Hebrew documentary. A delicious and nutritious lunch will follow. No reservations needed. Suggested contribution for lunch $2.25. For more information, call 718-548-8200.


TEEN ADVISORY GROUP 4 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Let your voice be heard in the Kingsbridge Library’s Teen Advisory Group! TAG meetings will be held on Friday afternoons from 4-5 pm. If you are a 7th -12th grade student, you are eligible to join. For more information, call 718-548-5656.


ALEXANDRA BELLER/DANCES 7:30 p.m. Fieldston School 3901 Fieldston Road Alexanrda Beller/Dances will preview “Give Up…” a workin-progress on the Fieldston stage. And the Fieldston Dance Company will be presenting Beller’s signature work “other voices” with live accompaniment by virtuoso guitarist and electronic music pioneer Robert Poss. Also accompanying the dance will be four original student films created under the mentorship of Martijn Hart, a collaborator of Ms. Beller’s. The evening will conclude with an audience talkback involving all the participants. $7.

Saturday, January 25 Kingsbridge

INTERMEDIATE MEDITATION 10:30 a.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Join us for an intermediate meditation class. This session is open to those who’ve been regularly attending the weekday beginner’s class for a couple of months. Learn to go into a deeper meditation and learn new techniques that will help your spiritual ascent. For more information, call 718-548-5656.

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ITALIAN MUSIC 2 p.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street Though the emphasis will be on Italian/Neapolitan songs, there will also be selections from musical theater, popular standards & more. All presented by Salvatore Chiarelli & Elga Johannes. Come for an afternoon of marvelous music! For more information, call 718-796-1202.


SATURDAY FAMILY MATINEE 2 p.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Parents and children are welcome to come to the library to enjoy family friendly films in a relaxed environment. For more information, call 718-549-1212.

Sunday, January 26 Riverdale

TEXAS KOSHER BBQ 12 p.m. Hebrew Institute of Riverdale 3700 Henry Hudson Parkway Texas Smokehouse BBQ Pop-Up Restaurant will be joining forces with the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale - The Bayit to bring you their next installment of NYC’s only Kosher BBQ Pop-up.

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eBOOKS FOR TABLETS 9:30 a.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street Did you know we have a plethora of lending options for our ebooks? Your tablet can display NYPL ebooks using Overdrive, 3M Cloud Library and even the Kindle app! Come find out how with our free class. For more information, call 718-796-1202.


PAJAMA NIGHT 5 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Read Aloud, Craft, and light refreshments for children ages 5-12 yrs. old. Pre-Registration is required. For info, call 718-548-5656.

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CREATIVE WRITING 5:30 p.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street The Spuyten Duyvil Creative Writer’s Workshop with Vanessa F. Hartman. The workshop is structured for writers of fiction, memoirs, & Non-fiction; professional or non-professional writers at all levels. To find out more about the workshop and to register, call 718-796-1202.

Tuesday, January 28 Riverdale

SCRABBLE 2 p.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue If words work you up and crossword puzzles keep you going, come to Riverdale and share your passion with friends every Tuesday afternoon for a lively game of Scrabble. Pre-registration required. For more information, call 718-549-1212.


RNH ANNUAL MEETING 8 p.m. Riverdale Neighborhood House 5521 Mosholu Avenue The Riverdale Neighborhood House (RNH) will host its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, January 28th 2014 at 8 p.m. RNH will honor GrowNYC. Additionally The Celia and David A. Stein Award for the Teen of the Year will be presented by Richard Stein, Treasurer of the RNH Board. All are invited to attend.

Wednesday, January 29 Riverdale


TAI CHI 11 a.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue This tai chi (Sun Style) includes agile steps and exercises that may improve mobility, breathing and relaxation. Tai chi has been show to reduce pain and stiffness, increase flexibility, enhance muscle strength, improve concentration and memory, and help people cope with stress and depression. For more information, call 718-549-1212.


TEEN MOVIES 4 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Come join us for this monthly program in which we’ll be showing great feature films selected by our Teen Advisory Group! This month, we’ll be watching Iron Man 3 starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow. For ages 13 to 18 years. For more information, call 718-548-5656.


HIR CHOIR REHEARSAL 7:30 p.m. Hebrew Institute of Riverdale 3700 Henry Hudson Parkway The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale Community Choir resumes rehearsals. Former, present and new members are invited to attend. Music is sung in 4 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and English. For further information, contact music director Jonathan Dzik at or at (718) 549-8520.


TOASTMASTERS CLUB MEETING 7:30 p.m. Riverdale Neighborhood House 5521 Mosholu Avenue Bronx Toastmasters Club of Riverdale invites new members to join in at their free meeting. For further information, visit their website or call 917-583-2679.

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CB8 MEETING 7:30 p.m. Kingsbridge Hts. Community Center 3101 Kingsbridge Terrace Meeting of the Health, Hospitals & Social Services Committee of Community Board 8. For more info, call 718-884-3959.



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Governor Cuomo to the rescue

The idea of institutionalizing all-day Universal Pre-Kindergarten is a good one, universally accepted by Democrats and Republicans alike. Even within the Democratic Party there are gradations of opinion. The disputes turn on the issue of taxation. Mayor DeBlasio believes that there should be new taxes to pay for the program. Governor Cuomo believes as we do, that New York can ill afford to raise any tax, for any purpose, no matter how noble. We agree with him, New Yorkers are the highest taxed in the nation. At the same time our expenditures for education exceed those of every other state. The answer is not more taxes. Governor Cuomo has vowed to fund the program using existing state funds. This is both generous and responsible and the Governor deserves our support and thanks. At the same time having an all-day Universal Pre-K program is not enough. It has to rise to the level of being a good, educationally sound program. It was disappointing to see Mayor DeBlasio load his advisory committee on the matter with social worker types who all-toooften view these programs as free babysitting for parents and not as education for children. We need to do better than the failed head start programs that have become over the years as much derided model for failure. We are not entirely comfortable with the uber-progressive touchy feely education models advanced by newly installed Chancellor Carmen Fariña. She has historically favored so-called “progressive” methodologies such as whole language (AKA “balanced literacy”) and constructivist (fuzzy) math. There is a price to be paid for this type of teaching. Now at least we now have a chancellor who can at least advocate for different educational models and understand what they are, even if in the end she makes the wrong choice. And we are confident that Ms, Fariña will show our teachers the4 respect they deserve for the important work they do. The answer is not more testing to evaluate teachers, but rather using tests for what they are designed to do, diagnose the strengths and weaknesses of individual students. Tests must be used to inform the child’s education and not punish teachers or schools. We can succeed in our schools. The way is by better teaching. Thus we do not fear the rigor of the common core, but rather we embrace it. We know we can do better and we will do better. We are confident that our children can handle a real curriculum and absorb real knowledge. The days of Bloomberg, Joel Klein, Dennis Walcott are over. While Ms. Fariña was not our first choice as chancellor, we wish her well. So we look ahead to a better tomorrow. Universal Pre-K is a good start, but it is only the beginning. There will be no miracles. But we don’t want to see our economy further crippled by over-taxation. Governor Cuomo has the right attitude and deserves our support. Mayor DeBlasio must understand that way to bring about economic equality is to raise incomes and preserve jobs at the bottom, which does not happen by giving incentives for job contraction and wage pressure by beating down the affluent, but already over-taxed. We are reminded of an interesting episode from early in Mayor Bloomberg’s term. There was much distree over the gap between the academic performance of blacks and Latinos on one hand and whites and Asians on the other. At one memorable press conference, Chancellor Klein proudly announced that the gap had been closing. How was this accomplished? It seems that the score of blacks and Latinos was flat, but the scores of whites and Asians dropped. The result: a narrowed gap that benefitted no one. The way to succeed is to lift all boats, perhaps some more than others. This is what we should strive for, and the place to begin is in our schools, and with our youngest children.

Gala dinner fetes 22 years of Chabad in Riverdale The Garden Terrace Room at the New York Botanical Garden was filled to capacity this past Saturday evening, January 11, 2014, as 300 supporters, friends, and Chabad Early Learning Center parents gathered to celebrate Chabad of Riverdale’s 22nd anniversary. Among the distinguished guests were Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Councilman Andrew Cohen, and Senator Jeffrey D. Klein. In an eloquent speech, Spiritual Leader, Rabbi Levi Y. Shemtov, noted that the evening’s celebrations coincided with the date that the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, OBM, assumed leadership in 1951, just six years following the devastation of the Holocaust. Despite the disillusionment and depression that pervaded world Jewry in the wake of World War Two, the Rebbe made it his mission to spread the sweetness of Judaism to each and every Jew. In that vein, the Rebbe sent emissaries wherever a Jew may be found, in order to uplift fallen spirits and advance Jewish education and observance. The Rebbe’s mission is alive

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and well in Chabad of Riverdale today. The evening’s theme, the Aleph Bet of Jewish Life, drew a connection between 22 years of Chabad in Riverdale and the 22 letters of the Hebrew Alphabet. This year’s unique and exquisite dinner journal was the product of community collaboration as each page was dedicated to a letter of the Hebrew alphabet and its accompanying theme. Treasured members of the Riverdale community - old and new faces, Early Learning Center and Camp Gan Israel parents, shul and committee members, devoted volunteers, JLI students, Shabbaton participants, Jewish Women’s Circle members - joined together in this journal to share their own unique perspective of each facet of Jewish life at Chabad. Rabbi Shemtov remarked in his speech that ‘the spirit of unity and diversity that characterizes the journal truly exemplifies life at Chabad.’ Rachel and Daniel Friedlander, the Guests of Honors, were recognized for their contribution to the rich tapestry of Jewish life both in Chabad and beyond. During the dinner, Daniel gave a heartfelt speech describing how the Jewish

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community of Riverdale is blessed to have Chabad of Riverdale’s leaders, Rabbi Levi and Sorah Shemtov. On both a personal and communal level, the Shemtovs have enriched Jewish life in Riverdale and the Bronx. Elissa and Steven Seltzer were honored as Parents of the Year. Of their two children, their eldest child, Daniella, age 3, is in her second year at Chabad’s Early Learning Center, and eight-month-old brother Judah is looking forward to joining his sister in good time. Since Daniella started attending the CELC, Elissa has served as class mother, chaperoned on trips, and organized gifts for the teachers. In his speech, Steven Seltzer paid glowing tribute to the Chabad Early Learning Center: ‘Songs are always in the air at CELC-there is a spirit of music that permeates every classroom-whether it is in their daily activities, in preparation for a holiday, learning the aleph bet.... I am amazed at how much Daniella has learned through song. We truly are grateful to CELC for all they have done to make the school a warm and caring environment. It is a place where Daniella loves to go-she is always skipping off in the morning, happy all day long.’ A stirring and captivating video that highlighted Chabad of Riverdale’s inspiring programs moved guests to tears as they watched a father and son enjoy a celebratory dance at Chabad one Sunday morning as the sixteen-year-old boy donned Tefillin (phylacteries) for the first time Continued on Page 15



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Tuesday, January 28 Somers

STORYTIME TUESDAY 1 p.m. Muscoot Farm Route 100 All ages are invited to hear stories on the farm every Tuesday through the end of March. Free admission. For more information, call 914-864-7282.

Thursday, January 30 Somers

WINTER EXPLORATION 10 a.m. Muscoot Farm Route 100 Youngsters and their adults can explore the world of nature during winter. Fee $10 per child; pre-register at (914) 864-7284.


DISCOVER ITALY 6:30 p.m. Westchester Italian Cultural Center One Generoso Pope Place Take a virtual journey that will uncover the little known treasures, explore the traditions and culture of some of the towns that we’ll be visiting during our First Journey to Italy: Parma, Siena and San Giminiano Whether or not you planning to join us on Our First Trip to Italy Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about these charming towns, the people, the life, their medieval walls, castles, and palaces. Professor Joseph Spedaliere will provide more information about the trip and will be able to answer any questions you might have. To register please call 914-771-8700.

Friday, January 31 Somers

MINIATURE TERRARIUM WORKSHOP 10:30 a.m. Lasdon Park Route 35 Create a mini tropical paradise that is beautiful, educational and requires minimal care. Fee $15; pre-register at (914) 8865108 or

Saturday, February 1 Croton-on-Hudson

PROJECT FEEDER WATCH 8 a.m. Croton Point Park Croton Point Avenue Watch and learn about birds, photograph them and record the birds at the feeders each Saturday and Sunday through March. For more information, call 914-862-5297.


ART EXHIBIT 10 a.m. Marshlands Conservancy Route 1 Submit Artwork for “A Different Point of View” Art Exhibit.

Paintings, sculpture, all artwork inspired by Marshlands is welcome. Paintings must be framed and wired for hanging. For more information, call 914-835-4466.


ALMOST GROUND HOG DAY 10 a.m. Lenoir Preserve 19 Dudley Street What Will Punxitawney Phil see tomorrow? See what’s wonderful and new coming up, almost spring. For more information, call 914-968-5851.

Cross River

IT’S GROUND HOG DAY! 10 a.m. Trailside Nature Museum Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Make a ground hog mask, a puppet and treats. Fee $2 per child; pre-register at (914) 864-7322.


MAKE A GOURD BIRD HOUSE 10:30 a.m. Lasdon Park Route 35 Create a gourd house to provide shelter for our feathered friends. Meet in the greenhouse. Fee $15; pre-register at (914) 886-5108 or

Sunday, February 2 Croton-on-Hudson

PROJECT FEEDER WATCH 8 a.m. Croton Point Park Croton Point Avenue Watch and learn about birds with members of the group, and photograph and record birds at the feeders. For more information, call 914-862-5297.


WILDLIFE IN WINTER 2 p.m. Greenburgh Nature Center 99 Dromore Road Come for an hour of fun as a naturalist shows off some of our favorite animals. This entertaining and informative program allows visitors to hear, see, and touch many of our fascinating furry, feathered, and scaly friends. Best for ages 5 and over. Members $5, Non-Members $8. For info, call 914-723-3470.

Tuesday, February 4 Somers

STORYTIME TUESDAY 1 p.m. Muscoot Farm Route 100 All ages are invited to hear stories on the farm every Tuesday through the end of March. Free admission. For more information, call 914-864-7282.

Saturday, February 8 Croton-on-Hudson

PROJECT FEEDER WATCH 8 a.m. Croton Point Park Croton Point Avenue Watch and learn about birds, photograph them and record the birds at the feeders each Saturday and Sunday through March. For more information, call 914-862-5297.

Chabad gala dinner Continued from Page 14 in his life. They also listened to Suzanne Haray, a loyal and passionate member of the community, describe how Chabad has transformed her life immeasurably. ‘When I showed up at Chabad, I connected with Rabbi Levi and Sorah Shemtov right away. I didn’t know a lot. They weren’t fazed at all. They said, ‘That’s what Chabad is. It’s a place where you can come, learn, and be yourself.’” Suzanne ended her interview with these powerful words: ‘Chabad of Riverdale has totally opened up a new world for me. At Chabad of Riverdale, no Jew is left behind.’ The evening ended on a high note as guests were wiping their eyes - this time with tears of laughter - after 45 minutes of enjoying comedian Joel Chasnoff’s unique brand of Jewish humor based on positive experiences of Jewish life. The electric atmosphere felt in the room during the event erupted at midnight in spirited dancing and singing. This was accompanied by the special warmth and love that are the trademark of Chabad.

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