All around New York, boomers are getting engaged.

UJA-Federation of New York’s Engage Jewish Service Corps is for boomers and beyond who want to effect powerful change within the Jewish community through hands-on activities.

This new model of volunteering is perfect for the generation of game changers looking to reshape society at every stage of their lives.


As an Engage volunteer, you can use your skills, expertise, passion, and leadership to address issues like poverty, hunger, joblessness, education, the isolated elderly, and children with special needs – in a way that fits your schedule and lifestyle.

Join the movement. Become part of a community like-minded people who want to find real solutions to real problems.

You can click here to sign up online or download this form and return it to us.

For more information contact Susan Gilbert @ gilberts@jccmw.org or call 914-472-3300 x703


The JCC Mid Westchester is always looking for volunteers to help with senior programming, Arts & Talks, Sunday Funday, office help, and more. If you have some time–an hour a week, two hours a week, an hour a month–whatever works within your schedule, please contact Susan Gilbert @ gilberts@jccmw.org or call 914-472-3300 x703.  


Upcoming Events At JCCMW and in Westchester

Second Acts: Baby Boomers and Beyond

Baby Boomers and Beyond gives dynamic women 50+ the chance to socialize, have fun, and think about the “next steps” for new phases of life.

5 Wednesdays BEGINNING March 1st (Last chance to join is March 22nd)

Dates are:  March 22, March 29, April 19, May 3), 1:30 pm – 3:00pm
JCC of Mid-Westchester/Social Hall 3

Can we tap into our creativity? What are the unique bonds that women share?  How do we see the next five or ten years? What are the next life lessons?  Let’s join together and examine the challenges and rewards of the next phase of life with women in the same phase of life– boomers and beyond.  Our objective will be to assess our strengths and develop a plan for our personal goals as we transition into Act 2!

Co-led by Harriett Shenkman, Ph.D. and Lenore Rosenbaum, M.S.

Program is FREE but registration required:

RSVP to Susan Gilbert  gilberts@jccmw.org or (914) 472-3300, ext.703

3:00-5:00 pm
Interfaith Food Pantry
300 Main Street, Mt. Kisco
Please join us for this Engage group service event, a joint project with teens from the Mann Center.  We’ll be processing food collected by the Bedford School System, i.e. checking expiration dates, weighing and shelving items. This is a time-sensitive project as the food arrives that day and must be sorted at once. We need volunteers to help in this effort.
The Interfaith Food Pantry is located at the Bedford Presbyterian Church.  The pantry entrance is through the back parking lot.
Please wear closed shoes.
SAVE THE DATE–April 6th, 11-12 PM
Join Engage volunteers and read The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman.  In this beguiling novel, Elinor Lipman charts her heroine’s fixation with a small bastion of genteel anti-Semitism, a fixation that will have wildly unexpected consequences on her romantic life.
Be a part of the group and bring a new or slightly used book to be donated to area shelters and hospitals.
 RSVP to Susan Gilbert at gilberts@jccmw.org
This month Engage Westchester awarded 3 grants to area synagogues who will promote volunteer initiatives focused on tikkun olam, reaching out to boomer and beyond congregants to work side-by-side with Engage volunteers on unique and important community service projects.  After a comprehensive review of many competitive and admirable proposals, the 2017 grantees are:
  • Beth El Synagogue in New Rochelle
  • Congregation Sons of Israel in Briarcliff Manor
  • Temple Beth Abraham in Tarrytown
Projects include 2 Shabbat evening Memory Minyanim at Beth El Synagogue in New Rochelle for individuals with early onset dementia and their families.  Other projects are Giving Back through Jewish Farming, in at Congregation Sons of Israel in Briarcliff Manor which will bring together volunteers with children from the Ossining Children’s Center and an Interfaith Seder for the Rivertowns’ Jewish, Black and Christian communities at Temple Beth Abraham in Tarrytown.
Our first Engage Synagogue Initiative program is with Temple Beth Abraham in Tarrytown (“TBA”) in collaboration with Foster Memorial AME Zion Church and Christ Episcopal Church. On Sunday April 2nd, TBA will host an Interfaith Seder from 5:00-7:00 pm to celebrate and share the rich traditions of Passover with members of the Rivertowns churches. Volunteers will be an integral part of the success of this welcoming and embracing community program by setting up for the seder, greeting guests as they arrive, serving as hosts at each of the tables and helping to clean-up.  Volunteers are also needed to be part of the decorations team to work on the centerpieces and seder plates and to sing! Engage In Song welcomes all volunteers to be part of the Interfaith Seder Chorus!  This is an opportunity not to be missed to make an appreciated difference among neighbors in our local community.
You MUST REGISTER to volunteer.  RSVP to Melissa Baer at melissa.baer@jcconthehudson.org
Later in April, volunteer at the first Memory Minyan, the next program of the Engage Synagogue Initiative in collaboration with Beth El Synagogue in New Rochelle, Seivah and WJCS. On Friday April 28th at 6:00 pm (and again on Friday, June 16th) synagogue and Engage volunteers will gather together for a joyful Shabbat service and Shabbat dinner welcoming people with dementia and their families and care partners. The Memory Minyan is based on the idea of the “Memory Café,” which is a meeting place where people with mild to mid-stage dementia and their caregivers can “go out on the town” among others sharing their experience, free from the risk of embarrassment and the bewildering crush of most public places. Around the world Memory Cafés bring a sense of normalcy and social connection to thousands of families affected by dementia. Help us provide a meaningful Shabbat experience by welcoming and offering support to the families in attendance and assisting with Shabbat dinner. Together, we can provide service to Westchester’s most vulnerable populations, and bring a positive change to our community.
You MUST REGISTER to volunteer.  RSVP to Susan Gilbert at gilberts@jccmw.org
You’ll feel happy by giving a child a HAPPY BIRTHDAY
For the next month, drop by the JCC of Mid-Westchester in Scarsdale (ask for Susan Gilbert’s office) or
the Shames JCC on the Hudson in Tarrytown to donate any of the following:
  • Package of cake mix
  • Can of frosting
  • Birthday-themed paper plates
  • Birthday-themed paper napkins
  • Birthday-themed gift bag
  • Wrapping paper
  • Box of birthday candles
to be assembled into birthday kits for children in programs run by Westchester
Jewish Community Services and Family to Family in Hastings. (Items dropped off at the Shames JCC will be part of the Almost Home Program Drive for Family to Family.)
The Happy Birthday Collection will run until March 20th.
For questions or more information, please contact Susan Gilbert gilberts@jccmw.org


Experience the joy of singing with others.
 Join Engage In Song!!
New singers ALWAYS welcome!!
Contact Debra Cerbini  debra.cerbini@jcconthehudson.org


Monthly meeting on MONDAY, MARCH 20th
1:00 PM
Engage Mount Kisco
27 Radio Circle Drive, Mount Kisco
Monthly meeting on MONDAY, MARCH 27th
1:00 pm
Shames JCC on the Hudson
371 South Broadway, Tarrytown
Join Engage In Knitting and knit/crochet for others less fortunate.
Email Karen Newman at knwm64@gmail.com
Please contact Karen Newman at knwm64@gmail.com for details.
Monthly meeting WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29nd
(last Wednesday of every month)
6:00 – 7:30 pm
JCC of Mid-Westchester
999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale
W Connection is a national organization which connects widows to each other. It was founded on the principle of widows helping one another rebuild their lives through their shared experiences.
You can join the group at any time.  RSVP to Susan Gilbert at
before a stimulating Sunday afternoon conversation:  
After the 2016 Election – A Post Mortem Discussion
1:15 pm
JCC of Mid-Westchester
999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale
Few could have foreseen the unpredictability of the 2016 election. For this program, Professor James L. Coll, adjunct professor of American and Constitutional history at Hofstra University and founder of ChangeNYS.org will analyze what worked and what didn’t for the candidates, the mood of the electorate and why this election-more than any other in recent history-will shape the four years that follow and beyond.
Discussion (2:00 – 3:30 pm) – $15. Registered Engage members receive a $5 discount.  To receive the discount, pre-reservations are required: RSVP to
Susan Gilbert at gilberts@jccmw.org 



11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Apple Store at The Westchester
125 Westchester Avenue, White Plains
Join us on a field trip to the Apple Store in The Westchester for a special class offered by Apple for Engage with a focus on maximizing the potential of your iPhone and iPad.  Bring your questions and your device/s.  We’ll meet at the store.
Help others through the Verizon Wirelss HopeLine program by donating your old, discarded cell phones.  We will collect them and donate them on your behalf.
Space is limited so please RSVP as soon as possible!
Contact: Debra Cerbini at debra.cerbini@jcconthehudson.org


10:00 – 11:30 am
Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester
2125 Westchester Avenue, Rye
Brighten the day of a senior!  Volunteer to deliver a package and visit with an older person.  Orientations at 10:15 am and 11:00 am. There will be arts & crafts for the kids. ALL volunteers must bring photo ID to participate. Your ID number will be recorded.
RSVP to Melissa Baer at melissa.baer@jcconthehudson.org 


Rabbi Pamela Wax
MUSSAR–The Path of Living Consciously
Refining Qualities of Heart and Soul
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Engage Mt. Kisco
27 Radio Circle Drive
(Corner Lexington Ave. Entrance on Radio Circle Drive, 1st Floor)
Mussar is the contemplative Jewish practice of refining one’s “middot,” qualities of heart and behavior (or “virtues”). Rabbi Wax will introduce us to the history, literature, and experiential implementation of this practice. You will leave with lots of food for thought!
Rabbi Pamela Wax is the Spiritual Care Coordinator at Westchester Jewish Community Services where she runs the WJCS Jewish Spiritual Healing Center. She has been studying, practicing, writing about and living Mussar for 17 years.
RSVP to Debra Cerbini at debra.cerbini@jcconthehudson.org
Mark your calendar and invite a friend.  Lunch will be served.