Tag Archives : Rockland County

Securing Our Future

This is my latest piece. As head of the marketing and PR committee for the Jewish Community Campus capital campaign, Ensuring Our Future, I have worked with Jill Ofer and the JCC’s graphic designer, Karen Babat, to create this piece. Unfortunately, the way I can post it here on the website doesn’t begin to do […]

Champion of social action

Community mourns passing of Rabbi Louis Frishman Rabbi Louis Frishman, who came to Spring Valley in 1951 and built a small 150-member Reform congregation focused on social action and community involvement into a 900-member synagogue with a waiting list, died on Feb. 6 after a long illness. He was 89. He inspired his congregants to […]

Poised for power

Nita Lowey’s call to serve stems from Jewish values, background Rep. Nita Lowey grew up immersed in Jewish values. To this day, they inform the Bronx-born legislator’s decisions. “We grew up with tzedakah, charity and helping others, with a strong sense of tikkun olam, making the world a better place,” said Lowey, a 24-year veteran […]

Scared and proud

Monsey man trades yeshiva studies for IDF service Sgt. Chaim Silber was waiting for the order — the one that would take him and his unit, the 202nd Airborne, also known as the Vipers, into Gaza. While Silber waited, so did the world — to see if a fragile, brokered ceasefire between Hamas and Israel […]

Five years and counting

How a new campus helped transform Jewish Rockland During a December snowstorm in 2007, more than 5,000 people showed up at the new Rockland Jewish Community Campus on West Nyack Road. Shuttling from overflow parking, they packed the 135,000 square foot former Champion International tech center, which had been transformed into a home for local […]

Lola Kaufman

The hidden children

Remembering a childhood of fear and separation by Marla Cohen & Sara Gilbert It was 1990, and New City resident Lola Kaufman was reading an article in New York Magazine that caught her breath. Organizers of a conference were looking for “hidden children,” those youngest Holocaust survivors who had spent the war years sheltered and ultimately […]

The end of an era

This year to be Gittelman’s last Virginia Feldman stood before the crowd in a room that serves as Reuben Gittelman Hebrew Day School’s gym, cafeteria, and auditorium — a room that had staged middle school plays, siddur and chumash ceremonies, basketball games and graduations. As president of Reuben Gittelman Hebrew Day School’s board of trustees […]

Michael Rosen, dedicated to community service, dies at 71

by Marla Cohen  There were three things Rosen wanted to do before he died: return to Israel, participate as an honoree in JFS’ fall gala, and see the birth of his newest grandson. He was able to do all three, participating as the sandek at his grandson, Evren’s bris. Michael J. Rosen, a man deeply involved […]

Building community from Y to J

by Marla Cohen It’s been through several names, and many homes, but after 22 years JCC Rockland has become a center and fixture in the Rockland Jewish community. And perhaps no other organization is as closely associated with the Jewish Federation of Rockland County, which founded it, as is the JCC. The Federation started 25 […]

Rubin "Ruby" Josephs at RJCC

Champion of charity

Rubin Josephs, philanthropist and developer, dies at 82 by Marla Cohen Rubin “Ruby” Josephs, philanthropist, developer and Holocaust survivor, known in equal measure for his generosity, his determination in business and the inability to accept the word “no” for an answer, died on Feb. 27 at his home in Piermont where he had lived since […]