December 12, 2015 A stage reading of the Pulitzer Prize winning play Driving Miss Daisy will be performed at Congregation B’nai Yisrael of Armonk on Sunday December 13 at 3:00 p.m.
The play is set “at a time of segregation, [when] a Jewish woman is reluctantly put together with a black man who helps her get from one place to the next. These two people develop a deep-rooted affection for each other during the 25-year span of the show. This masterpiece is a delicate depiction of racial tensions, the passage of time, and the experience of aging. The playwright creates two outsiders who come to a mutual respect grounded in each one’s independence, strength, and stubborn integrity.”
Following the reading, there will be by Q & A featuring the cast of Louise Kaminer, Tom Kramer, George Croom, and the director Mara Mills.
On the eighth night of Hanukkah there will also be candle lighting and light refreshments will be served.
July 31, 2015 Congregation B’nai Yisrael of Armonk is opening its doors to the community on Sunday August 2 from 10:00 a.m. to noon to introduce their new rabbi and educator. New members and old friends will be treated to brunch, children’s activities and ice cream. Prospective new members are also welcome.
Cantor Hayley Kobilinsky spoke with Melissa Cohavi, the temple’s new Director of Education. Kobilinsky asked Cohavi about running an educational program “to help create the next generation of Jewish adults.”
“There are many different ways to look at Judaism,” said Cohavi. “There’s the religion piece, the rituals, and then there’s cultural Judaism of holidays, foods, and music. Bringing all of these pieces together and creating positive Jewish experiences is important. Our children should look back on our time at CBY, thirsting for more.”
Born in Westchester, most of Cohavi’s years have been spent in Rye where she graduated from Rye Country Day. She attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and has a Bachelor of Arts in Judaic Studies. She also spent years living in Israel. The CBY Armonk website mentions her additional degrees: a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work; a Master of Arts in Religious Education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from SUNY Purchase. She is also a licensed social worker in the State of New York.
Cohavi and her husband have two children, an 18-year old daughter and a 15-year old son. She says she is passionate about Judaism, Jewish education, and building community by working together with families.
“I always knew I wanted to work in the Jewish community,” she answered Kobilinsky when asked what made her want to become a Jewish educator. “Once I got into the classroom, I absolutely loved it. Working with the kids and meeting the parents is important work. Family involvement is a key component in education as parents are their children’s role models. When children see their parents occasionally learn with them in the classroom, it’s engaging.”
She spent ten years at Temple Sinai in Stamford, CT and said she looks forward to bringing different types of programs to Congregation B’nai Yisrael. “Social gatherings are intended to build relationships and friendships, encouraging young families to get to know one another better.” She said doing Havdalah and desserts with adults at people’s homes focuses on different groups within the community.
Cohavi is looking forward to meeting the Congregation’s members. “My door is wide open. I will be reaching out to all of you. Please come in and say ‘Hi.’”
Congregation B’nai Yisrael is located at 2 Banksville Road at Route 22 in Armonk. For more information please visit their website.
Christmas Services Sunday Dec. 20: 10 am Christmas Pageant and Eucharist 5 pm Service of Lessons and Carols 6 pm Christmas Party at the Rectory Thursday Dec 24: 5 pm Candlelit Eucharist of Christmas Eve Sunday, Dec 27: 10 am Service of Morning Prayer with Hymns
Sunday 8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. 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.