Rabbi’s Weekly Message & Emanumail

In a class I once taught about religion, a student (in his 70s) incredulously asked, “So what you’re saying is religion is a crutch?!” I replied, “Of course…and who doesn’t need a crutch sometimes?”

These are hard times and there are resources available through the congregation and the Jewish community to help.

First, remember that your clergy are always here for you. Need to talk? Contact Cantor Stone or me.

Next, our Director of Education, Naomi Fabes, and Jane Dubro have partnered with the Youth Mental Health Project to offer Mental Health 101: Parent Session. Learn to spot signs of emotional, mental, or behavioral health issues and help your kids get the help they need. Contact Naomi or Jane for information on this and several other programs in the coming months.

Finally, through our partnership with Westchester Jewish Community Services, all Emanu-El congregants have access to the WJCS Hub where they can access career services, mental health counseling, kosher home delivered meals, and referrals to community resources to assist with food insecurity, cash assistance, financial counseling and more. Get more information here.

Your Jewish community is a crutch for you…if you need it, please lean on us. We are all here for you.