Saturday 5:30 pm Sunday 10:00 am With Choir, and Sunday School for children ages 4 - 13 years of age. Nursery Care is available for younger children. Please join us for coffee hour after the service.
The Children's Jewish Education Group SUNY Purchase Campus 735 Anderson Hill Rd. Purchase, NY (914) 864-1267 www.cjeg.org
CJEG Presents an Alternative to Traditional Jewish Education By Alice Levine
Updated March 3, 2014 Armonk resident Steven Harrison was looking for something different from a traditional Hebrew-school experience for his younger son. His older son had attended Hebrew school at a traditional temple and had become a Bar-Mitzvah, but Steven felt a less traditional education made more sense now. After attending an open house at Children’s Jewish Education Group (CJEG) last year, he felt he had found the right match.
CJEG, founded in 1961, is a cooperative school for children from kindergarten through seventh grade that was developed and is currently run by parents seeking an alternative to temple-based Hebrew school. Their goal is to provide students with a foundation to experience the “joy, pride and appreciation of being Jewish, while discovering the richness and uniqueness of the Jewish heritage.” CJEG in Westchester is housed on the SUNY Purchase campus and conducts classes on Sunday mornings, while also hosting families for holiday celebrations.
“I wanted a more informal education for my younger son. CJEG offers a less traditional, more grassroots approach to creatively teaching kids about traditions and culture. The experience has been really enjoyable for my whole family. And when I see that my son actually looks forward to attending Sunday school classes there, I know I made the right decision,” said Steven.
President of CJEG Peter Romeo is very proud of their school. “We have paid teachers and staff but our parents are also an integral part of our school. CJEG offers a significantly less-expensive alternative to traditional temple membership, and while we’re not based in a temple, we utilize the sanctuary at Hawthorne Cedar Knolls for our high-holiday services. And we also have a teacher who offers additional classes for students who decide to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, and individual tutoring is another option available to our students.”
For the many families who celebrate the holidays together, CJEG offers an intimate, fun environment. On Sukkot, always a favorite holiday, children and parents build and decorate the Sukkah together. With parents so involved at CJEG, the kids enjoy a very special experience celebrating the holidays.
CJEG is planning an open house at their school at SUNY Purchase on March 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information, please visit their website at www.cjeg.org or call Randi Sperber at (914) 864-1267.
June 15, 2013 After 19 years of service at St. Patrick’s Church, Reverend John Quinn is retiring. He has dedicated his life to living and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Father Quinn has felt a higher calling since high school. After graduating from Fordham University with a degree in US history, Father Quinn continued his education at St. Joseph’s Seminary School. Father Quinn began his career as a religious mentor in the classroom, teaching US history and religion at Stepinac High School and later, at Maria-Regina High School. After a fulfilling experience as an educator, Father Quinn commenced his ecclesiastical duties at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in White Plains.
In July 1994, Father Quinn brought his 21 years of experience to St. Patrick’s Church. During his tenure as Reverend, he has been a critical part of the flourishing church community. As the town’s population increased, so did attendance at mass. Last Christmas Eve, there were so many people at the service that the church almost ran out of holy communion! This sustained growth gave Father Quinn an ample opportunity to positively impact the community’s religious followers. Father Quinn adopted a policy of “Total Parish Catechesis,” which serves to enhance the faith of members of all ages. Father Quinn strongly believes that God’s school is always open and strives to provide resources that allow for further religious development.
When asked to describe Father John Quinn, parishioner Allanna Hasselgren stated, “He is known around here fondly as JQ. He’s informal, approachable, and open.” The congenial reputation Father Quinn has earned has enabled him to reach members on a personal level. Father Quinn reflected on the particularly difficult period in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. He asserted that in times of crisis, his job was to strengthen people’s faith in the Lord.
Father Quinn’s admirable personality encouraged others to take action. Church members formed the lay ministries Project Embrace and F.I.A.T. (Faith in Action Task Force). On June 26, the parish CYO basketball program will receive a sportsmanship award from the Archdiocese of New York. Mr. John Sinon, the coach of St. Patrick’s team, developed the motto “CYO- Not Just Basketball,” which refers to mandatory social ministry that now accompanies the friendly games.
Father Quinn’s legacy will continue through the members of his parish. Even in retirement, he will continue to be a role model for future generations of Catholic citizens. His sermons preached universal acceptance, morality, and gospel nonviolence, which will leave a lasting impression on those around him. The epitome of Father John Quinn’s passion for spreading a positive feeling can be surmised by his “catch phrase”, “God Bless the Whole World, and No Exceptions.”
North Castle's Middle Patent Church Holds Yearly Advent Service
December 14, 2013 The Advent service celebrated at the Middle Patent United Methodist Church on December 8 of this year may have been much like the one in 1848, when neighbors and friends of the community gathered in the front of the small church at the corner of Bedford Banksville and Middle Patent Roads. They listened to carolers standing along the few steps in front of the historic building. The group then moved inside and upon entering the chilly church were quickly warmed by the spirit of the holiday and the dozens of people in attendance. Everyone remained bundled up, some wrapped in blankets, as the organ was played between the prayers and singing of Christmas carols. The single-room church is simply designed with handsome oak wood pews, pulpit, and the original oil lamps along the walls and gallery.
"This was our 43rd Advent service," said Chris Daillak, a Trustee of the Middle Patent Church. "I believe I might have attended all of them."
In a 1993 booklet from the The North Castle Historical Society, the late Richard N. Lander, a church trustee, Town historian, and life-long resident of North Castle, wrote that the church had an active musical program dating back to the early 1860's.
"Middle Patent Church has no congregation and only a few services a year, with the Advent service being the main event. The church has been in such a state of flux this year with the death of both the past presidents, Jean Lander and Missy Taylor White," said Daillak. "Jean had run the church for more than 35 years and Missy took over under Jean’s direction for the last several years. Their deaths, in combination with the closing of the Armonk Methodist Church, left the remaining trustees unsure if we would be able to have a service this year." The Middle Patent Church was originally an offshoot of the Armonk Methodist church on Bedford Road in Armonk.
The Advent service brought participants back to many such services in the past. Everyone recognized their good fortune that Terry Kimball, a lay leader of a neighboring church, offered to conduct the service so the Advent tradition could continue. Once again, the future of the Middle Patent Church is uncertain, but its extensive history still holds a special place in the community.