Westchester Jewish Center

Welcome to Westchester Jewish Center

  • WJC: Center of Learning for All Ages


    We encourage our members to gain an appreciation for how to live life fully as modern Jews by exploring all aspects of our traditions, history and religious practices.

  • WJC: Center of Culture


    We invite members to experience, participate in, and celebrate the richness of our heritage and rejoice in its relevance today.

  • WJC: Center of Prayer & Celebration


    We come together for the worship of God, study of Torah and discussions that connect us to the religious spirit and practice of Judaism.

  • WJC: Center of Personal Spirituality


    We have a free and open setting designed to encourage all members to explore their Jewish spirituality and personal relationship with God.

  • WJC: Center of Community


    We foster a sense of belonging and warmly welcome all Jews seeking to share and enrich our spiritual, religious, and cultural experiences.

  • WJC: Center of Caring for the World


    We participate in Tikkun Olam - embodied in our individual and communal responsibility to serve, support and improve the lives of others and the world around us.

Home Tabs

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 7:15pm
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 9:30am
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 11:00am
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 7:15pm
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 7:30pm
Friday, April 25, 2014 - 8:00pm
Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 10:00am

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See you at the Speakeasy Soiree!

Celebrate at WJC on June 1st

This year's Dinner Dance will be celebrated during the 90th anniversary year of WJC. Two wonderful couples, Neil and Arlene Wexler and Swain and Jo Ann Weiner, are this year's honorees! Join us at the "Speakeasy Soiree" on June 1st for an evening of celebration and community! Click here to RSVP, submit a Journal Ad, and read more about this year's Dinner Dance celebration!



Cantor Search

Update from the Cantor Search Committee

Building on the work of the Strategic Planning Committee, and in light of Cantor Sokoloff's upcoming departure, the Cantor Search Committee has begun the process of finding a prayer leader to serve as our Cantor. Learn more about the Committee and their current efforts.



Community Day of Service

Mitzvah opportunity for sixth graders

In recognition of Earth Day, all WJC families with sixth grade children are encouraged to join us on April 27th from 11am to 1pm in our first ever Community Day of Service. For WJC Religious School families, this event is in place of regular Religious School and for credit as a synagogue-wide event. Meet at the "Potting Shed" at 687 Weaver Street. Coffee and donuts will be provided!



Sabbatical Davening

Participate in leading our Shabbat services!

We're looking for lots of congregation participation on each Shabbat morning - read Torah, chant a Haftarah, lead davening. Great opportunity for you or your teen to learn a new skill or stay in practice. The Rabbi will be glad to help you prepare. For more information, contact Cindy Heller through the WJC office at 914-698-2960.



Davenology 101

Online Learning with Rabbi Segelman

Davenology is the study of the meaning and practices of Jewish prayer. In this recorded program, Rabbi Segelman explores insights into prayers, helping break down barriers that may keep some from entering into the amazing world of Jewish prayer. Click here to listen to Rabbi Segelman's complete Davenology program.



A Message from the Rabbi:

Past and Present Prayer at WJC  

Stained Glass

Click here to read Rabbi Segelman's discussion of past and present prayer services at WJC, and the principles that inform his vision of the future.


College Outreach

Let us send WJC care packages to your college student!

Help us stay in touch with your college aged child by registering for College Outreach 2013-2014! We will send care packages throughout the year, with fun goodies to help them celebrate the holidays, along with letters from the Clergy. We will also stay in touch throughout the year with articles, notes, and programs for when your child is visiting home.



Tikkun Olam Handbook

A Guide to B'nei Mitzvah Projects

Click here to access a newly published guide to tikkun olam, the repair of the world, prepared especially for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah by the Social Action Committee.


Featured Events

Meet the Author: Eric A. Goldman

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The American Jewish Story Through Cinema

All are invited to a special program with Eric A. Goldman, Ph.D., a noted educator and lecturer on Yiddish, Israeli and Jewish film, and film reviewer for "The Jewish Standard". Mr. Goldman has written extensively on the Jewish experience in film, and will be speaking to us at 7:30pm about his new book, The American Jewish Story Through Cinema. Reception and book signing will follow.



Israeli Dance Classes

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Israeli Dancing

Join us for a special Wednesday edition of Israeli dancing! Dance with world famous choreographer Shmulik Gov-Ari and come together for "Israeli Dance: Great for Body, Mind and Spirit!". No experience necessary for our beginner's class from 7:30pm to 8:45pm. Intermediate class will be offered from 8:45pm to 10:00pm. All teens (ages 13-18) dance FREE!



Yom HaShoah Program

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The WJC Holocaust Learning Center presents Dr. Samuel D. Kassow, Yom HaShoah speaker for 2014. An esteemed author and historian, his book "Who Will Write Our History?:Emanuel Ringelblum, the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Oyneg Shabes Archive,"  has been widely acclaimed. Our program begins at 10:00am with a Yom HaShoah remembrance ceremony at the WJC Holocaust Memorial, and is followed by our speaker at 11:00am. At 12:00pm, participate in our synagogue-wide art project, a community collage.


Music at WJC


Rhythm and Ruach

Friday, April 25, 2014

A moving, spirited, and uplifting musical Kabbalat Shabbat service accompanied by musical instruments. Begins at 8:00pm. Click here to listen to some of the tunes that we'll be using at our next service!



Shira Chadasha

Friday, May 2, 2014 

An a capella Kabbalat Shabbat service featuring favorite tunes, new harmonies, and niggunim - wordless melodies. Begins at 7:15pm.



Contemporary Shabbat Service

Saturday, May 3, 2014

An abbreviated, casual, instrumental Shabbat morning service filled with music, singing and spiritual teachings. Begins at 10:30am.



Renewal Service

Sunday, May 18, 2014

A music filled hour of great music, communal singing and soulful praying, guided by the sounds of guitar, piano and voice. Begins at 7:00pm.


Early Childhood

Now Enrolling for all 2014-2015 Programs!

Early Childhood Center

Registration is now available!.  WJC Early Childhood offers Mommy & Me, in addition to programs for 2, 3, 4, and 5 year-olds.  Browse our website to learn more about our Early Childhood programs or call 914-698-2767 for more information.



Early Childhood Education

We are a community of teachers, parents and children and offer an Early Childhood Education program that supports children's physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth - all in the context of a Jewish environment.  Please come visit our newly renovated, state of the art facility and meet some of our energetic, experienced staff.



Baby Group at WJC

Classes are forming now!

Baby Group

Join Ellen Ferber, M.Ed., L.C.S.W., as we discuss ways to support the healthy growth and development of your baby and learn new things about your baby's capacities.  In addition you will gain insights into the importance of your nurturing relationship with your developing baby.  Ellen Ferber has been working in the field of early childhood for 30+ years as a teacher, director and consultant in early childhood programs.  For the schedule and for more information please contact Doris in the Early Childhood Center office, at ecsecy@wjcenter.org.



Photos & Video

The Green Committee
Tree Planting

 Tree Planting

WJC Celebrates Purim!


Rick Recht Performs
Live at WJC!


WJC Wins
Softball Championship!

Religious School

During the past school year, the Dan and Beverly Cannold Religious School unveiled a new Religious School program that innovatively combines formal classroom instruction with enrichment programs to provide an engaging and dynamic experience for children and families.  Please contact Aleza Kulp, Education Director, at 914-698-2966 for more information.



April 1

Shabbat Youth Services

Youth Services are offered on Shabbat for all ages groups.  Programs include Torah for Tots for children in Nursery School through Kindergarten, Junior Congregation for children in 1st through 3rd grade, Youth Services for children in the 4th - 6th grade and Teen Minyan for children in 7th grade through High School.



April 3

Sisterhood Gift Shop

 Shop at the WJC Sisterhood Gift Shop!

The Sisterhood Gift Shop at WJC is stocked with beautiful ritual items of every description and price range.

You will find a wonderful selection of jewelry, seder plates, menorahs, mezuzahs, tallitot, kipot as well as gift items and novelty items.

For more information, please contact Carol Fasman or call the office at 914-698-2960. Appointments available!