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Where to Worship for the High Holidays: 2017

appleshoneyThe High Holidays are upon us with erev Rosh Hashanah on Wednesday night September 20th and Yom Kippur, beginning at sundown on Friday September 29. If you are not a member of a synagogue and you're looking for a place to worship, here are some services at local temples that are open to the public. See below for instructions about attending these services:

Chabad of Scarsdale will hold their High Holiday Services at the Scarsdale Woman's Club at 37 Drake Road in Scarsdale. Services are free of charge and walk-ins are welcome. RSVP is appreciate at info@chabadofscarsdale.com. Or visit their website at Chabadofscarsdale.com. Here is their schedule of services:

Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday September 20:
Services 7:00 pm

Thursday September 21:
Services 9:30 am
Children's program 10:30 am
Shofar 11:15 am

Friday September 22:
Services 9:30 am
Children's program 10:30 am
Shofar 11:15 am

Yom Kippur

Friday September 29:
Kol Nidrei 6:15 pm

Saturday September 30:
Services 9:30 am
Children's program 10:30 am
Yizkor 11:45 am
Neilah 5:15 pmchallah

Congregation Kol Ami at 252 Soundview Avenue in White Plains invites the public to the following High Holiday Services that are open to the community. Be their guest as they welcome in a sweet New Year.

Rosh Hashanah Family Service
September 21, 3: 15-4:00pm Reception following

Second Day Rosh Hashanah Service
September 22, 10:00-12:00pm Reception following

Yom Kippur Afternoon Service (Schulman Chapel)
September 30, 3:00-4:00pm

Yom Kippur Family Service
September 30, 3: 15-4:00pm

Yom Kippur Memorial and Concluding Service
September 30, 5:00-7:00pm

A limited number of High Holy Day tickets are still available for purchase to other services. For more info, call Jess Lorden, Executive Director at 914-949-4 717 x l01. Visit us at www.nykolami.org. 252 Soundview Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606

Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El, a reform congregation located at 2 Ogden Road, Scarsdale invites you and your family to join them and experience the joy of the High Holy Days at the following services that are open to the community:

Saturday, September 16
7:00 p.m.
Screening and discussion of the Tom Hanks film "A Hologram for a King"
Dessert and Selichot Service

Join friends old and new as they once again welcome in the High Holy Day season. They will begin by screening the 2016 critically acclaimed Tom Hanks film "A Hologram for a King," which explores themes of rebirth and redemption. The film and brief discussion of it will be followed by coffee and dessert, which will be followed by the brief Selichot service in which we will experience our High Holy day liturgy and melodies for the first time. And, we will share in the annual ritual of dressing our Torah scrolls in seasonal white. Bring a friend - all are welcome!

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Wednesday, September 20
8:00 p.m. - Evening Service

First Day Rosh Hashanah
Thursday, September 21
2:30 p.m.
High Holy Day Family Experience
Blessing for new babies

Second Day Rosh Hashanah
Friday, September 22
9:00 a.m. - Rosh Hashanah Family Program - Celebrating the New Year with a harvest of apples! Join us for a meaningful apple picking morning at Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard. $20 Family Fee. RSVP required in advance to families@sstte.org.
10:00 a.m. - Morning Service, Main Sanctuary

Shabbat Shuvah
Friday, September 22
6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service

Yom Kippur
Saturday, September 30
1:00 p.m. - Adult Discussion
1:30 p.m. - High Holy Day Family Experience
3:00 p.m. - Afternoon Service
4:45 pm - Yizkor followed by Neilah and Break Fast

Erev Sukkot
Friday, October 6
Shake it Up!: Sukkot Extravaganza
5:30 PM - Family Shabbat/Sukkot Experience
6:30 PM - Sukkot Dinner. RSVP to programs@sstte.org
7:30 PM - Shir Shabbat/Sukkot Service featuring our professional musicians

Erev Simchat Torah
Wednesday, October 11
4:00 p.m. - Religious School
5:30 p.m. - Simchat Torah Service
6:15 p.m. - Simchat Torah Dinner.

RSVP to programs@sstte.org
www.sstte.org. 914-725-5175.

Shaarei Tikvah is a friendly, vibrant congregation with an active, engaged membership located at 46 Fox Meadow Road in Scarsdale. The only synagogue in Scarsdale affiliated with the Conservative Movement, they warmly welcome individuals and families irrespective of personal religious practice, gender, race, or sexual orientation.

They invite you to their High Holiday services. Non-members may purchase tickets by calling the office at 914-472-2013 ext. 300.

Wednesday, September 20 – EREV ROSH HASHANAH

6:30 PM – Rosh Hashanah Evening Services

Thursday, September 21 – Rosh Hashanah First Day
8:30 AM – Services
10:45 AM – Tot Program
10:45 AM – Junior Congregation
11:00 AM – Teen Forum
11:30 AM – Learner's Service
1:15 PM – Tashlikh Services – Butler Woods

Friday, September 22 –Rosh Hashahah Second Day
8:30 AM – Services
10:45 AM – Junior Congregation

Friday, September 29 – Kol Nidre
6:15 PM – Services

Saturday, September 30 – Yom Kippur
8:30 AM – Services
10:45 AM – Tot Program
10:45 AM – Junior Congregation
YIZKOR (immediately following Rabbi's sermon)
11:00 AM – Teen Forum
11:30 AM – Learner's Service
4:50 PM – Mincha Services

Neilah Ends with Blowing of Shofar at approximately 7:30 PM

Tot Program
10:45 am -12:45 pm
Children (6 months-5 years) with parent or caregiver

Join us in celebrating Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with songs, prayers, a Torah march, story time, holiday friendly crafts. A snack of challah, apples, water and grape juice will be provided during the service.

Junior Congregation
10:45 am -12:45 pm
Children (K-6th grade)

The Junior Congregation service offers children an opportunity to explore the themes of the High Holidays with their peers. Led by our experienced and energetic group leaders, we will provide fun, educational programs for your children while you attend services. Each group will enjoy age appropriate games, stories, discussions, prayers and songs. A snack of challah, grape juice, honey and apples will be provided on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Shaarei Tikvah, The Scarsdale Conservative Congregation
46 Fox Meadow Road Scarsdale, NY 10583
www.shaareitikvah.org/ synagogue@shaareitikvah.org

Westchester Reform Temple, located at 255 Mamaroneck Road in Scarsdale, invites the public to the following services. Note: Services marked with an asterisk * are open to the community. Non-Member Entrance Cards must be requested in advance by calling (914) 723-7727.

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Wednesday, September 20
5:00 pm *Family Service - Beit Midrash (Non-Members are welcome)

Rosh Hashanah
Thursday, September 21
3:00 pm *Tot Service - Beit Midrash (Non-Members are welcome)
5:45 pm *Tashlich with Young Israel of Scarsdale (Carpenter Pond)

Rosh Hashanah
(second day)
Friday, September 22

10:00 am *Morning Service - Sanctuary
(Entrance Cards not required. Non-Members are welcome)
10:00 am *Alternative Movement Service – CJL

Kol Nidre / Yom Kippur
Friday, September 29

5:00 pm *Family Service - Beit Midrash (Non-Members are welcome)

Yom Kippur
Saturday, September 30

2:15 pm *Musical Meditation and Alternate Yizkor - Sanctuary
(Non-Members are welcome)
2:30 pm *Tot Service - Beit Midrash (Non-Members are welcome)
3:30 pm *Afternoon Service, Yizkor, Ne'ilah - Sanctuary
(Non-Members are welcome)

Sister District Project Connects Scarsdale Volunteers to Swing Election Districts

sisterdistrictThis November, as Westchester votes in elections for County Executive and a number of other local seats, the commonwealth of Virginia will hold elections for all 100 seats in their lower chamber, the House of Delegates. Activists have set their sights on the Virginia House races as the elections to watch in 2017, and volunteers from across New York's 16th Congressional district, including many from Scarsdale, are getting involved through the Sister District Project.

Sister District Project is one of a number of organizations formed in the days immediately following the 2016 elections. Stunned by President Trump's election and alarmed by the number of Republican "trifectas" (states where Republicans hold both legislative chambers and the governorship), Rita Bosworth, a 38-year-old former federal public defender from San Jose, California, thought there had to be a way to connect progressive donors and volunteers in solidly blue areas to swing districts, where Democratic candidates need reinforcements. Bosworth and her co-founders started Sister District Project to do just that.

One of only two states to hold state elections in odd years, Virginia has elected more Democrats in recent years (no Republican has won a statewide election since 2009), while Republicans have held control of both legislative chambers. After digging deeper into the 2016 election returns for Virginia, Bosworth and team made an interesting discovery: Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in seventeen Republican-held Delegate districts -- the same number of seats Democrats need to win in order to take back control of the Virginia House.

The 16th Congressional district's local team supports two candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates -- Chris Hurst, the Democratic candidate in the 12th House of Delegates district, and Karrie Delaney, the Democratic candidate in the 67th House of Delegates district. Close to 200 residents of the 16th district have volunteered for Sister District Project, and NY-16 volunteers have reached out to hundreds of voters through phone calls and handwritten postcards, and donated more than $2,000 to Hurst and Delaney's campaigns.

To learn more about Sister District Project and sign up to volunteer, visit sisterdistrict.com or email the NY-16 team for Scarsdale at ny16dc@gmail.com.

Annual Scarsdale Library Book Sale Kicks off September 8

sale2Volunteers are busy sorting and organizing thousands of donated books for the Friends of the Scarsdale Library Annual Book Sale that begins Friday, September 8, with a Friends' Preview and continues through Sunday, September 17. Buyers should stock up this year as the sale will be on hiatus for a couple of years during the planned renovation and upgrading of the library. The Friends will stop accepting donations this Friday, August 25.

Current and out-of-print books, including bestsellers, classics, biographies, fiction, parenting, cooking, art, graphic novels, humor, travel, self-help, drama, religion, philosophy, poetry, history, political science, and business will be available. There is also a large selection of children's books, DVDs, CDs, LPs, audiobooks and sheet music. A special attraction is the large category of highly collectible books, rare books, limited and first editions as well as autographed copies. Proceeds from the sale help fund library programs and key services.

The opening evening Friends' Preview on September 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. is open to members of the Friends. New members may join at the door for $25. Only cash and checks are accepted for the sale, no credit cards.

As the sale progresses, the price of books is reduced. The schedule is:

sale1Regular Sale - Saturday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 10, Monday, Sept 11, and Tuesday, Sept 12, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Half-Price Sale – Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Blow-Out Sale – Saturday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Scarsdale Library is located at 54 Olmsted Road, corner Route 22, Scarsdale. For additional information goes to scarsdalelibrary.org/friends.

Scarsdale Woman's Club Membership Drive Open House

scarsdalewomansclubWelcoming members from all communities, The Scarsdale Woman's Club will hold a Membership Drive Open House on Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 1-4 pm at 37 Drake Road, Scarsdale.

Membership in the club provides opportunities for learning, friendships and fun.

The club offers sections that cater to many different interests: Art, Music, Community Affairs, Food and Dining, Home and Garden, Literature, Music, Personal Investing, Pottery, Programs at Seven and World Cultures and Travel. As a new member, you can try each one!

Special Events and fundraisers include Holidays through the House, Candlelight Dinner, Winter Special Event, Rhododendron Luncheon and Clambake. These are great opportunities to meet other members and have a good time.

The Scarsdale Woman's Club programs focus on cultural, educational and philanthropic activities. Funds raised by the Thrift Committee are donated to local charities. Operation Bookshelf ships millions of books to schools and service organizations around the world.

Club membership is open to all. Current members reside in all Westchester communities, Rockland County, lower Connecticut, Manhattan and The Bronx. New members are welcome to join this dynamic group.

The Scarsdale Woman's Club is located at 37 Drake Road in Scarsdale with ample parking behind the house. Club members will be on hand to share their enthusiasm with displays and tours during this annual membership drive open house. Anyone unable to attend the Open House, can find the membership information on their website, www.scarsdalewomansclub.org.

Fallen Leaves: Don't Leave Them in the Street

leafvacuumDid you know that Scarsdale Village code prohibits leaf piles in the street? Why? Because leaf piles can cause a multitude of problems – blocking walkways and fire hydrants, becoming a slippery hazard to pedestrians and drivers, creating visual obstructions and clogging storm drains and catch basins.

That's why village code requires that leaf piles should be placed on the grass, near the edge of the curb –and not in the street.

However, this has proven to be difficult to enforce. Gardeners often blow leaves onto the street, onto neighboring properties, onto traffic islands and into the public right of way. Should the village get tougher about enforcing the rules?

That was the subject of a meeting of the Municipal Services Committee of the Scarsdale Village government on August 8, 2017. Public Works Superintendent Benny Salanitro explained that during leaf season, which runs from mid-October to late December, staff from the Highway Department vacuums leaves, and on average does seven pick-ups per location per season.

If twigs, branches or grass clippings are mixed into the leaf piles, they cannot be vacuumed and may damage the vacuum equipment. As an alternative leaves can be put into biodegradable bags which will be collected by the Village.

The Village currently takes several measures to inform residents and landscapers about proper leaf disposal, mailing a flyer of "Do's and Don'ts" to the 408 contractors that are known to work in Scarsdale. In addition the flyer is posted in the newspaper, on the village website and on cable television. If police notice leaf piles in the streets they too assist with enforcement of the rules.

To those who don't comply, warning notices are distributed to homes where leaves are present in the roadway, usually about 300 per year. However, no legal summons have been issued.

At the meeting the Trustees discussed the possibility of stepping up enforcement. Should the Public Works department create "door knockers" to be placed at homes that abuse the policy – or should legal summons be issued to residents and landscapers who pile leaves in the streets? At the conclusion of the meeting, Trustees agreed to ask Village Staff to recommend ways to step up enforcement and reduce the dangers of leaves being piled in the street.

And what has come of the many discussions of mulching in place, i.e. mowing over fallen leaves and leaving the remains on the lawn? For now that discussion and the move to eliminate leaf vacuuming by the Village seems to be on hold. The Cornell Waste Management Institute is currently doing a study to assess the effect of mulch mowing on the tick populations on lawns. The initial study showed no increased incidence of ticks on mulch-mowed lawns. The NYS Department of Health advises that lawns be kept mowed to create a "tick-free zone around your home."

How can you help? Rake your leaves to the edge of the lawn and ask your gardener to do the same. If not, you may receive an unpleasant notice from the Highway Department!