Holocaust Survivor Albert Linder to Host Four-Part Series on Judaism
February 25, 2016 Holocaust Survivor Albert Linder is to teach a series of lecture classes at Congregation B’nai Yisrael of Armonk starting on Tuesday March 8, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Learn about What is Judaism and What Does it Mean to be a Jew in the 21st Century?
Linder was born in Chernowitz, Romania in 1936. Deported to an Ukraine concentration camp in 1941, the Linder’s spent three years there before making their way to Italy in 1945.
Their destination was Palestine, but they were unable to get there because of the British Blockade.
During his four years in Italy, Linder went to schools in a displaced persons’ camp that was run by former Jewish brigade volunteers from Palestine. The curriculum was taught in Hebrew and identical to what Jewish kids in Palestine studied.
With help from the Jewish underground, the Linder’s made contact with their family in the United States and arrived in the U.S. in 1949. By the time Linder arrived in the U.S., he had detailed knowledge of Palestinian history and geography, as well as the Hebrew culture.
That experience has left an indelible impression with a strong interest and love for Israel. He has made it his life’s goal to share his experiences and love for Judaism.
Linder's professional career was spent in the computer and telecommunications industries working for ITT, RCA and IBM. He held various management positions in sales, marketing and product development.
The Judaism classes will be held as follows:
March 8 Session 1 Leder’s own story as a Holocaust survivor and the framing of the 20th century history of the Jewish people.
March 15 Session 2 The story of the Hebrew people in the Bible, starting with God’s call to Abram.
March 22 Session 3 The history of Jews of Spain in setting the context for Judaism in the Middle Ages. Some of the greatest scholars and thinkers of the time came out of this period of history.
April 5 Session 4 Jews are learners. A focus on the Talmud, what it is, and methods of study for which Judaism is famous, such as the chevruta style of learning.
The community is invited to come to one or all of the sessions which are independent of each other. The cost is $10 per session for CBY members and $18 per session for non-members. Please sign up at cbyarmonk.org.
Founded in 1970, Congregation B’nai Yisrael of Armonk is a Reform congregation with nearly 400 family members.
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March 9, 2016 Purim celebrates the deliverance of the Jews from persecution over 2,000 years ago in the Persian Empire as told in “The Book of Esther,” the Megillah. The reading of the Purim story and its celebration, which is one of the most joyous Jewish holidays, will be held at a variety of local locations.
The day before Purim, Wednesday March 23, is a day of prayer and fasting. During the daylight hours of Purim on March 24, it’s customary to give money or food to at least two needy people. The importance of friendship and community is also shown by sending gifts of food to friends. On Purim day, the tradition is to send a package of at least two different ready-to-eat food items and/or beverages to at least one Jewish acquaintance during the daytime. Family gatherings celebrate Purim with a festive meal and rejoicing while children dress in costumes, such as the good and cheerful characters Queen Esther and her cousin, Mordechai.
Congregation B’nai Yisrael of Armonk will begin their Purim celebration on Sunday March 20 at 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The event will begin with the Megillah reading: congregants and community members can hear and watch the story of Esther acted out by a zany cast. Immediately following will be a carnival with games, a bouncy castle, prizes and plenty of treats. All are welcome.
Temple Shaaray Tefila in Bedford Corners is hosting a Purim Around the World event that is open to the community on Sunday March 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Services for families with children under 5 are from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.; services for families with children ages 5 and up will be held between 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The carnival will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Click here for more information and admission fee.
Pleasantville Community Synagogue (PCS) will hold their Purim celebration on March 23 at 6:00 p.m. The PCS event will include pizza and a Purim celebration for the little ones who are invited to come in costume. Starting at 7:00 p.m., there will be the Megillah reading and stand-up comedy.
Chabad of Bedford presents a Purim event on Wednesday March 23 and Thursday March 24. Hear the reading of the Megillah on Purim eve, Wednesday March 23 at 7:30 p.m. and again on Purim day, Thursday March 24 at 5:00 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Their Purim party and dinner will be held on Thursday March 24 at 5:30 p.m. Costumes, prizes, live music, dancing, and more celebratory events will take place. Click here for more information and admission fee.
A Holocaust Survivor Tells His Story
March 8, 2016 Rabbi Nissen Mangel was a 10-year-old child when he came to the Nazi Death Camp of Auschwitz. In this moving and powerful talk about transforming darkness into light on March 17, Rabbi Mangel will talk of the unique power of Jewish strength and survival. He tells his firsthand account of the Holocaust and how he witnessed unspeakable atrocities. But he also witnessed amazing fortitude and acts of faith, and found joy and meaning in a world of chaos.
Rabbi Mangel will speak of our ability to overcome challenges. He is a renowned inspirational speaker, author, translator and authority on Jewish mysticism. It is truly and honor to have him visit Chabad in Armonk.
The event takes place on March 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Brynwood Golf & Country Club, 568 Bedford Road, Armonk. The fee is $18. For reservations and more information, please call: 914-273-9770 or visit www.chabadacp.org.