- About the Synagogue
Welcome to the Young Israel of Scarsdale, a Modern-Orthodox Synagogue and a vibrant, caring community. We are firm believers in the principles of Achdut – Unity, Kehilla- Community, and Areyvut – Responsibility for all Jews. We seek to engage and inspire through a variety of means: from soulful moments of Prayer, to stimulating discourses of Torah Study, and creative children’s programming. We foster an atmosphere of spiritual growth and continued commitment to Halacha, Am Yisrael, and Eretz Yisrael.
Sat, 6 February 2016
27 Shevat 5776
Baruch Dayan HaEmet - Robin Goldman
It is with profound sadness that we inform you of the tragic and untimely passing of Robin Goldman. As a community, we are grief stricken and our hearts are filled with pain to know that Robin, who was so good, so sweet and so pious has so suddenly been taken from us.
May the family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem, and may our community come together to support Robin's children, Jenna, Alyssa and her husband Joey, Adam and his wife Ariana and their 4 children, in this most difficult time.
Rabbi Jonathan Morgenstern
Michael Mandel & David Rivkin
If you would like to make a donation in memory of Robin Goldman please click here.
Coping and dealing with what's happened: Some ideas and strategies
This is a challenging time for our community and as we struggle to cope with the sudden loss of our beloved friend and neighbor, Robin Goldman, we understand that people process events like these in different ways. There is no right way or wrong way to deal with these unsettling feelings and difficult emotions. If you are feeling out of sorts, are experiencing difficulty sleeping, are easily startled or can't stop thinking about the event that has shaken us all - you may benefit from speaking to a mental health professional who specializes in crisis counseling. In this light, we wanted to provide you with a number of resources that may be helpful to you at this time.
For confidential 24-hour crisis counseling, contact:
Chai Lifeline General Crisis Hotline: 1-855-3CRISIS; Email - email@example.com
If this event has made you concerned or fearful in your current home/family life, please don't hesitate to contact:
My Sister's Place Crisis Hotline: 1-800-298-7233 (SAFE)
Ohel Crisis Response Hotline:718-686-3165
For more on domestic safety, see this link: http://www.thehotline.org/is-this-abuse/abuse-defined/
This event also can be especially frightening for children. Therefore, we have attached a detailed document from Chai Lifeline about how to listen to and respond to our children's concerns at this time (click here). Also, this Friday morning, from 8:15am to 9:15am Westchester Day School invites all area parents to meet with Dr. Naomi Adler, School Psychologist, to discuss concerns about the impact on our children and how to support them - all YIS parents are welcome. If you would like to attend the session at WDS, please RSVP to Jmalka@westchesterday.org.
Finally, as we continue to grapple with this as a community, we are currently working with other area mental health agencies to provide on-site counseling at the Shul for those who are interested, more details on that to follow. We will also convene a community dialogue with Dr. Norman Blumenthal, Director of the Ohel Crisis Response Center, Wednesday night, Feb. 3rd at 8pm entitled:
"Thinking about the Unthinkable: Dealing with Darkness in our Communal Lives."
Of course, while we have provided you with a variety of resources and outlets to address whatever needs you may have, as your Rabbi, I am always here for consultation and spiritual guidance in whatever way I can be helpful to you and your family. While at times like this, there are so many questions we have and so many things that seem uncertain, there is one thing that I am certain about. We will emerge through this dark time together. We will conquer our doubts and our fears by rallying around each other - supporting Robin's beautiful family and bestowing eternal Kavod on a woman who did so much to honor and support all who knew her.
With a heavy heart and with love,
Rabbi Jonathan Morgenstern
P.S. Special thanks to all those who have assisted in formulating this community-wide mental health response.
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Scarsdale Bnei Akiva is part of a worldwide movement that inspires young Jews to: SUPPORT Am Yisrael, ADVOCATE for Eretz Yisrael, & EDUCATE in Torat Yisrael
If you have any comments or suggestions, or would like to take a more active part in Bnei-Akiva, we are available by email or cell.
Excited and looking forward to see everyone,
Gitit and Avia,
Rebecca, Zohar, Eliana, Alissa, Jessica, Shoshana, Adina, Andy, Jenny, Danielle Plowy, Corey, Dalia, Ariella Giugui, Jonah, Ariella Gentin and Daniel Shenwick.
Do you have guests for Shabbat or Yom Tov who can't walk to Shul on their own?
Is someone in your family recovering from an accident?
The Young Israel of Scarsdale is pleased to launch its "YIS ASSISTS" borrowing/lending program offering to lend the following items to YIS families:wheelchairs, transporter chairs, walkers and canes.
Please contact the Shul office to borrow any item or call or email Howie Bryks
(firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or would like to donate additional items
"YIS Assists" was established by Chanie & Howie Bryks in memory of Chanie's mother, Thelma Herskowitz, Tova Leah bat Yitzchak
Tzvi Hacohen and by Sharon & Harold Aspis in memory of Sharon's father, Israel Friedrich, Yisroel Meir ben Mordechai.