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The Beauty of Unity

April 6, 2022

Friday evening, April 15, 2022, is the start of the Jewish holiday of Passover. The holiday spans eight days, ending Saturday evening, April 23. Some of the Passover observances include not eating leavened bread, and having a Seder (Passover meal) complete with matzah, bitter herbs, and 4 cups of wine on the first two nights of the holiday (Friday and Saturday ...

Renowned Cellist and Pianist Pair to Perform at Congregation Shir Shalom

RIDGEFIELD, C.T. - Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray, under the auspices of Congregation Shir Shalom, in Ridgefield, Connecticut, is thrilled to bring the music of renowned Cellist Julian Schwarz and pianist Marika Bournaki to 46 Peaceable Street to perform a selection of Jewish Classical music and accompany her in a creative musical worship service on Friday, April 8, from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Julian ...

Chabad at the Epicenter of Humanitarian Relief in Ukraine

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Due to the recent, most unfortunate world news, tens of thousands of Ukraine’s weary citizens are leaving their homes, forced by a war not of their making to flee towards neighboring Poland, Moldova, and Romania, where they are seeking refuge in Europe or boarding chartered flights to safer destinations. Some are not able to leave.

The humanitarian effort to help ...

A Very Somers Christmas

SOMERS, N.Y. - The community gathered on Sunday, Dec. 5 for the dedication and blessing of the town Nativity scene outside the Elephant Hotel.

There were remarks from Supervisor Rick Morrissey, Fr. John Lagiovane of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Fr. Michael Watson of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and Fr. Hal Roark of Good Shepard Episcopal Church. Jennifer Burkart led the ...

Festival of Lights

SOMERS, N.Y. - It may have been cold and dark, but the atmosphere was filled with warmth and light as a crowd gathered at Somers Town Hall this weekend to mark the start of Hanukkah.

The eight-day “festival of lights” started on Sunday, Nov. 28, and ends on Monday, Dec. 6.

Rabbi Yehuda Heber of the Chabad of Yorktown and Somers circulated among the cheerful crowd of bundled-up ...

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Boxed in

May 23, 2022

My friend who has just moved and I were sharing horror stories the other day, and she was still shaking almost 10 days after the event. No matter how much one plans, moving does not go smoothly. My worst move lasted eight months of living among boxes.

My husband, daughter, son and I returned to North America and rented a small house north of Toronto while I looked for a house to buy. My ...

Tales of Ties and Tails

That headline-grabbing, delinquent supply chain has now wormed its wayward way into graduation ceremonies, of all things. In some cases, cases of caps and gowns and hoods (those sash-ish affairs that denote academic degree) are backlogged in production or in transit, leaving schools to scramble to ensure their alumni-in-waiting are decorously adorned, as tradition dictates.

Shortages of sashes ...

Phelps Hospital once again receives prestigious Baby-Friendly® designation continuing the highest standards of infant feeding care

May 25, 2022

SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY – Phelps Hospital announced today that it has again earned the highly prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly® birth facility for upholding the highest standards of infant feeding care in the precious first days of the child’s life.

Every five years the hospital, which delivers nearly a thousand babies each year, goes through a rigorous review ...

Your Next Chapter: Estate Planning Considerations for the Newly Retired

Congratulations on your retirement!

Like many, you probably have a bucket list of things you would like to accomplish such as travel the world, spend more time with your grandkids and take up a new hobby. While these are all excellent ambitions, the milestone of retirement is also a good time to ensure your finances, beneficiary designations, estate planning, and long-term care strategy are in ...