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REF headshot revised 200 pixelsTemple Israel's Chavaya program, Religious School, is proud to be under the capable leadership of Rebecca Elkus-Ferst who began her work here in July 2012. Rebecca has developed the Chavaya program since its inception and worked alongside our clergy and team of Chavaya educators to ensure its relevance and accessibility in children’s lives.

She is committed to working with staff, parents, and children to find unique and innovative ways to ignite passion for Jewish life and learning. Her experiences being a madricha (educator's assistant), working alongside her synagogue's B'nai Mitzvah tutor, participating in youth group and summers spent growing up at Tamarack Camp, lead to her desire to pursue a Master's degree in Jewish Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York.

While in graduate school Rebecca interned at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and assisted in the creation of the Coming of Age During the Holocaust, Coming of Age Now pilot program. She served as the Assistant Director of Education/Youth & Family Programming at Congregation Habonim in Manhattan following her graduation from JTS from 2009-2012. During this time she piloted the congregation's teen learning, social and social action program and developed curricular guides for the religious school. Rebecca is a past fellow of the Leadership Institute: Shaping Congregational Leaders and Learners. She is a current participant in the Matan Institute for Education Directors, working on a communal approach to helping children with special needs.

Rebecca’s educational approach is rooted in her time spent as a participant in religious school and years in youth group and camp. Her goal is to provide a space where Jewish children connect with one another, their religion and the greater Jewish community. Rebecca attended college at Michigan State University and holds a BA in Journalism and a specialization in Jewish Studies. In between college and graduate school she spent a year studying in Israel. Rebecca has made her home in New Rochelle with her husband Judah and son Noah.

Please contact Rebecca here to learn more about our Chavaya program.

Purim 2017

Purim 2016

Saturday, March 11, 2017 • Erev Purim
7:30 pm    Purim Shpiel & Megillah Reading - “What’s My Megillah?”

Sunday, March 12, 2017 • Purim
11 am    Purim Family Service
11:30 am    Purim Carnival (open to children 5 and under)
12 pm    Purim Carnival (open to all)

We ask each Temple member to bring in a box of macaroni and cheese to  use as a grogger  during  all of  Temple Israel’s Purim services.
This food will then be donated to HOPE Community Services.

Purim is a holiday for laughter, costumes, noisemakers and giving treats. Mishloach Manot is the Purim Mitzvah of sending small gifts, usually of food, to friends, neighbors and the community.

Surprise your friends and family with Mishloach Manot gift bags. Each decorated package contains an assortment of Kosher candy and snacks, hamentaschen, and a grogger. Please also consider donating Mishloach Manot to the United Hebrew or Sarah Neuman Nursing Home.

Why should you purchase Mishloach Manot this year?
• It is a Mitzvah to gift baskets of food to family and friends.
• Mishloach Manot sales are an important fundraiser for Chavaya.

Click to order Mishloach Manot this year and support Temple Israel of New Rochelle by Friday, February 17th!

Coming Up


02.17.2017 - 02.20.2017


02.22.2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


02.23.2017 9:15 am - 11:00 am

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