Major Programs


48th Anniversary Gala

The Council’s 48th Anniversary Gala took place on Saturday, January 27, 2024.  Here is a video about the Council’s work which was created for this gala –  To view the journal, click here. To view photos from the evening, click here.

47th Anniversary Gala

The Council’s Annual Gala was held in person on Saturday, February 4th, 2023 at Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains, NY.  We honored Pam and Bruce Wexler, Steven L. Young and Alan Weissman of Alfred Weissman Real Estate, LLC.  Click here for more photos.  To view the journal, please click here.

To view the video of honorees speeches and member organization tributes, click here.

46th Anniversary Gala

The Council’s Annual Gala was held in person and virtually on Saturday, February 5th, 2022 at Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains, NY.  We honored Marc Klee and Jen Sokol, Council Board members and RPW Group, Inc., Robert P. Weisz and Andrew Weisz.  Six13 entertained us with their music.


45th Anniversary Gala

The Council’s Annual Gala was held virtually on January 30, 2021.  We honored Council President, Lisa Roberts, Harriet Kaplan Suvall and Marc Suvall.  Entertainment included a welcome message from WABC meteorologist Lee Goldberg and  music from Broadway actor Bruce Sabbath and Music Director, Dan Micciche.

This event brings together the community for fun and entertainment while raising necessary funds for the ongoing work of the Council including coordinating our community wide effort to fight hate, build bridges and secure Jewish Westchester.

To view the Gala video in its entirety, please click here.

To view the 2021 Online Gala Journal, please click here.

44th Anniversary Gala

To view the entire Gala Journal 2020, click WJC 44th Anniversary Journal Final Lo-Res

To listen to the honorees speeches, click here.

List of past honorees:

Debra Abrahams Weiner
Lisa Roberts
Sue Baer, Sheila Friedland, Stuart Kolbert
Joyce Claar and Marty Rogowsky
Ron Burton
Nancy Zaro and Martine Fleischman
Elliot Forchheimer
William Schrag and Harriet Schleifer
Paul Warhit and Jeff Kohn
Betsy Bernstein, Michael Karnes and Gary Trachten
Tracy Bilski, Elizabeth Lampert and Harry Mamaysky
The Singer Family, David Alpert and Arlene Kleinberg
Lisa Roberts, Harriet Kaplan Suvall and Mark Suvall

Marc Klee. Jen Sokol and RPW Group, Inc., Robert P. Weisz and Andrew Weisz

Pam and Bruce Wexler, Steven L. Young and Alan Weissman of Alfred Weissman Real Estate, LLC


The Hon. Samuel G. Fredman Leadership Development Institute (LDI)

This biennial program brings together emerging volunteer leaders from various member synagogues and organizations with a goal of developing future leaders.  It provides access to established leaders who present on a range of topics and it creates a network of peers who can exchange ideas about common issues.  The current cohort includes 18 participants who began their training in January 2022.  These emerging volunteer leaders meet monthly to learn about a variety of leadership topics including “Introductions and Getting to know Westchester” by David Eppinger and Elliot Forchheimer, “Engagement” presented by Rachel Klein and “Marketing” presented by Stu Seltzer. The Institute was recently named in memory and of the 3rd president of the Westchester Jewish Council, the Hon. Samuel G. Fredman.

The Class of 2019/2020


Julian Y. Bernstein Distinguished Service Awards

How do we thank our community volunteers?

Every spring, the Westchester Jewish Council honors deserving member organizations and their leaders with the Julian Y. Bernstein Distinguished Service Award (DSA). Julian Y. Bernstein was a former Westchester Jewish Council board member, who was a visionary communal leader. Julian believed that doing tzedakah was just as important as giving tzedakah. In tribute to his passion and devotion to the Jewish community, we honor those who follow in his footsteps. Member organizations are invited to nominate an honoree from within their organization whose dedication and leadership has enriched our Westchester community.

This year’s program took place on  Tuesday, May 7th, 2024.  Click here to view the journal.

*Photo credit: Aggie Photography
Last year’s program took place on Tuesday, May 9, 2023.

The 2023 honorees:

Visit this year’s DSA Booklet here – DSA Booklet 2023 V8.

To view the gallery of photos, please click here – DSA Photo Album 2023


For a history of past Julian Y. Bernstein Award Recipients, please click here.


Night of Jewish Learning and Celebration

The Night of Jewish Learning and Celebration 2023 took place Saturday, November 18, 2023 at Beth El Synagogue Center.  Thank you to the following Rabbis for providing a very meaningful program for the community –

Thank you to the following Rabbis for engaging the community:

Aaron Brusso

Joshua Strom

Ben Goldberg

Jay Stein

Atara Lindenbaum

Leora Frankel

Benjamin Renick

Adam Baldachin

Daniel Reiser

Jesse Gallop

Cornelia Dalton

Jonathan Blake

Lester Bronstein

Zack Sitkin

Evan Hoffman

Howard Goldsmith

Dina Rosenberg

Howard Siegel

Ethan Linden

Morris Barzilai

Leora Londy

Annie Tucker

Menachem Creditor

Daniel Rockoff

Jeffrey Arnowitz

Molly Karp


The Biennial Night of Jewish Learning and Celebration took place virtually on Saturday, November 20th, 2021.  There were 20 different class offerings from 20 different Rabbis with over 350 registrants taking part in this community learning experience.

The 2019 Night of Learning took place on  November 23, 2019 at Beth El Synagogue Centerpresented by the Westchester Board of Rabbis and Westchester Jewish CouncilWith 31 Rabbis and hundreds of community members in attendance, the night was a wonderful way for the community to connect through learning and celebrating. Thank you to the Westchester Board of Rabbis for presenting this biennial program along with the Council. Special thanks to Beth El Synagogue Center for hosting and to Rabbi Ethan Tucker of Council member Hadar for presenting the community lecture to conclude the evening.


Afternoon of Music

The joy of music brought us together on Sunday, November 20, 2022. Over 400 people gathered together to hear the beautiful voices of the Kol Hazzanim/The Cantors of Westchester. We were thrilled that we could host this program once again in person. Thank you to all of the participating cantors for illuminating the room with your songs and to Westchester Reform Temple for hosting.

The following Cantors/Hazzanim took part this year:

Gaby Schvartz, Beth El Synagogue Center, Margot Goldberg, Temple Beth Abraham, Mia Fram Davidson, Westchester Reform Temple, Melanie Cooperman, Community Synagogue of Rye, Chair Kol Hazzanim Robin Joseph, Temple Beth Shalom of Hastings, Amanda Kleinman, Westchester Reform Temple, Event Co-chair, Lilah Sugarman, Congregation B’nai Yisrael, Shoshi Levin Goldberg, Temple Israel Center of White Plains, Danielle Rodnizki, Westchester Reform Temple, Meredith Stone, Congregation Emanu-el, Jack Mendelson, Temple Israel Center of White Plains, Isaac Sonett-Assor, Westchester Reform Temple ,Anna May, Greenburgh Hebrew Center, Rita Glassman, Temple Israel of New Rochelle, Fredda Mendelson, Larchmont Temple, Event Co-chair Lauren Phillips Fogelman, Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, Katie Oringel, Larchmont Temple, Ethan Goldberg, Westchester Jewish Center, Ellen Dreskin, Sarah Zemel, Melissa Puius

Night of Jewish Music

The biennial Night of Music and Joy took place virtually on Saturday, November 21, 2020 and was attended by over 600 people.  Presented by the Westchester Jewish Council and the talented Cantors of Kol Hazzanim – the Cantors of Westchester, the theme of the evening’s music was “Together at Home”.  The night began with a lovely Havdalah service and then transitioned into the concert which showcased a beautiful mix of Broadway tunes, spiritual, and traditional music.

Click here to view photos from the 2016 event.

Click here to view 2014 event photos
Click here to view 2012 event photos


Jewish History and Heritage Month

The Westchester Jewish Council celebrates Jewish History & Heritage Month at an annual event organized by the Westchester County Board of Legislators.

The 2024 program included remarks and acknowledgments from Chairman Vedat Gashi, an invocation from Rabbi Sruli Deitsch, Chabad Jewish Center of Eastchester and presentations of proclamations to Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center (HHREC) and Jill Ratner, M.D. (Bet Torah, Mt. Kisco). Legislator Judah Holstein and Council Vice President Marc Klee presented to Mitchell Ostrove (HHREC Board member and Council board member) on behalf of HHREC. Legislator Erika Pierce presented to Jill Ratner, M.D. Click here to view the program.  Click here to view the press release.

In 2019, we honored Anti Defamation League – Evan Bernstein, NY/NJ Regional Director and John B. Harris, National Executive Committee Member and J-Teen Leadership