Chabad comes to…Putnam

A great part of Rabbi Menachem Schneerson legacy as leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic sect was his call to bring non-Orthodox Jews to Orthodoxy.

Many hold that he believed that by saving Jews from secularism he would accelerate the coming of the messiah.

Regardless, his call was incredibly effective. Chabad has a worldwide presence, with its rabbis set up in small community after small community to reach out to whatever Jews might be around.

That goes for Putnam County.

An announcement today begins: “Rabbi Avi & Michal Korer, and their two children have recently arrived in Brewster to establish the Chabad Jewish Center of Putnam County which will be serving the Jewish communities of Brewster, Patterson Carmel, Mahopac, Cold Spring and some of the other surrounding towns.”

A Putnam Chabad “website”: is up, with contact info.

The Korers most recently served as spiritual leaders of the Greystone Jewish Center in Yonkers.

They will host their first holiday program, a “Super Chanukah party,” on Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Mahopac Public Library from 2 to 4 p.m.

What else will they be doing? The announcement says:

The Korers are available for classes with Jews interested in studying about their heritage, as well as to answer questions about anything in Judaism. They are also planning programs and classes for children, adults and seniors, including, adult education classes, Hebrew tutoring, and a Jewish Art Zone for children.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.