Our membership rolls list over 400 families, representing a broad, cross-section of the Westchester Jewish community. We have a heterogeneous congregation in both age and religious background. We draw our congregational family from a broad spectrum of interesting, energetic people from a diverse professional world. We consider ourselves to be an inclusive congregational family, welcoming everyone who desires a positive, uplifting and dynamic Reform Jewish experience in which there is ample opportunity for individual participation and involvement.
When you become a member of Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, you become part of a vibrant and caring Jewish community where you can grow spiritually and intellectually, enrich your Jewish identity, engage in meaningful acts of social justice, share holidays and joyous occasions with your multigenerational congregational family, and count on its support in times of need, and make lifelong friends. Benefits of membership at Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester include:
- The privilege of pastoral care, including the services of our clergy for lifecycle events and in times of difficulty and bereavement
- Complimentary tickets for High Holy Day worship services
- Eligibility for enrollment of your children in our religious school
- Subscription to our EmanuMail and bulletins
- Membership in the Union for Reform Judaism, the national organization of the Reform Movement
- A broad array of worship, educational, cultural and social opportunities for members of all ages
For additional information please contact Abbie Levitt.
A Place of Innovative Worship
Whether it is the weekly Shabbat Services or the seasonal holidays, the worship experience at Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester is both inspiring and uplifting. In the spirit of Reform Judaism we take new and innovative approaches to the worship experience whether through the liturgy or the musical accompaniments. In addition to the traditional prayers, the rabbi incorporates readings from a variety of religious and secular sources. Our Cantor enhances the spoken word with both modern and traditional music. Through the beauty of her own voice, she encourages the congregation to join with her in the traditional responses and also teaches new and exciting melodies for communal participation.
A Source of Creative Education
Led and directed by our dynamic educator, Marcie Aiuvalasit, the religious school is a place of creative teaching using a curriculum that inspires our children to develop their Jewish identity in an enjoyable and fun filled setting. Using the latest in technology, as well as the tried and true methods of pedagogy, our teaching staff motivates our children in the challenges of a dynamic religious heritage. Whether the subject is Hebrew, history, the Bible, holidays or customs and ceremonies, our teaching staff seeks creative and innovative ways to present the subject matter. Techniques ranging from computers to field trips and retreats, supplement the normal classroom experience.