Wishing everyone a very healthy, safe and happy 2021.

The RIJC continues to serve the community via Zoom, and is now planning our Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 calendar, which will include some In-Person Shabbat services and classes.

We hold services, celebrate holidays, observe life-cycle events and more, virtually via Zoom, hopeful for good health, vaccines, and the eventual return to in-person activities later this year...

Until then, please join us for any or all of the activities scheduled below. 

Please check your email or this site for further information.


Friday nights at 6:30 pm:
November 19th — Via Zoom AND In-Person / Location to be Announced.
December 3rd —    Via Zoom only.
December 17th —  Via Zoom AND In-Person / Location to be Announced.
Covid-precautions / protocols remain in place for In-Person Services.
Additional info / updates coming via email.

Below is the link for the Friday Night Sim Shalom Siddur:

 Friday Night Sim Shalom Siddur

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If you need a hard copy of the Sim Shalom, please call or text Nina at 917-375-1139 to arrange a pick-up today from 531 Main.


ZOOM Information Friday Night Programs

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Meeting ID: 849 1761 5726

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At Last!  Schmoozing with the Rabbi returns:
Starting Friday, November 19th and December 17th, 5:30 pm

In-Person/Rivercross Community Room & Via Zoom
Please use Friday night Zoom link as appropriate.
Covid precautions & protocols remain in place for In-Person activities.
Additional info / updated info coming via email.


Please check this page, and your emails for new dates and times when Havdalah resumes.

Zoom Information:

Topic: RIJC - Saturday Night Programs

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Meeting ID: 897 3768 3676

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Topic: RIJC Adult Learning Sessions





Meeting ID: 814 0269 4576


1.  Thursday, November 18 — via Zoom, 7:30 - 8:45 pm: 

Antisemitism and the Extreme Right


RIJC member Federico Finchelstein will discuss his academic work related to antisemitism, populism and fascism.  He is Professor of History at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College. Federico has taught in the History Department of Brown University and received his PhD at Cornell University.  He is also the author of seven books on fascism, populism, Dirty Wars, the Holocaust and Jewish history in Latin America and Europe.  His books have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Hungarian, Korean and Turkish.

Professor Finchelstein’s new book is A Brief History of Fascist Lies (University of California Press, 2020). 


Mr. FInchelstein is a signatory to the 2020 Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism (JDA), a resource for strengthening the fight against antisemitism, produced by a group of international scholars in antisemitism and related fields.  The JDA is meant to be used as a resource for education and raising awareness about when speech or conduct is antisemitic — and when it is not.


2. Wednesday - December 15th, Via Zoom, (& possibly In-Person) 7:30 - 8:45 pm:

Group Book Discussion on Dara Horn’s People Love Dead Jews: Reports from the Haunted Present


Rabbi Joel will lead a book group discussion on this book, a series of essays about antisemitism, set in the present. The book is available both in hard copy and via Kindle.

From Ms. Horn’s web site: “A startling exploration of how Jewish history is exploited to flatter the living: Reflecting on subjects as far-flung as the international veneration of Anne Frank, the blockbuster traveling exhibition called ​“Auschwitz,” the Jewish history of the Chinese city of Harbin, and the little known ​“righteous Gentile” Varian Fry, Dara Horn challenges us to confront the reasons why there might be so much fascination with Jewish deaths, as emblematic of the worst of evils the world has to offer, and so little respect for Jewish lives, as they continue to unfold in the present.”

Ms. Horn is an American novelist, essayist, and professor of literature.  She received her BA in comparative literature, summa cum laude, in 1999 and her Ph.D. in comparative literature in Hebrew and Yiddish in 2006, both from Harvard University.  She finished her master’s degree in Hebrew literature at Cambridge University.  She taught classes in Jewish literature and Israeli history at Sarah Lawrence College and the City University of New York. She held the Weinstock visiting professorship in Jewish Studies at Harvard, teaching Yiddish and Hebrew literature. Horn served as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Yeshiva University during the 2019–2020 academic year. She has also been a contributor to the New York Times and The Atlantic. A review of her book appears in the November 7, 2021 NY Times Book Review. 


3.  Early January - Date & Location TBA  -

Rabbi Joel will lead a conversation on the theme - “What should we — individually and collectively — be doing about antisemitism?”

CHANUKAH 5782 / 2021
Sunday, December 5th, 4:00 pm (approximately) —
In-Person / Outdoors by the Picnic Tables by Good Shepherd Chapel - weather permitting OR Indoors/Location to be Announced
Let’s celebrate the last night of Chanukah together with candle lighting, songs & stories, dreidels & gelt, Refreshments & more...
Please check your emails in the coming weeks for details & how you can help.

COVID-19 Compliance and Guidance:

Please Note: 

1.  All outdoor, in-person activities are “weather permitting”; please check your emails and this website as appropriate.

2.  Proof of vaccination is required for all in-person participants over age 12 for all services/activities both indoors in the Cultural Center/Sanctuary, and outdoors.

3.  Face coverings/masks are required for all in-person services/activities in the Cultural Center/Sanctuary;  they should be worn for our outdoor services/activities especially when physical distancing is not possible.