‘American Idol’ for Westchester rabbis

You often hear about newcomers to the suburbs going “shul shopping” or “church shopping,” trying to find the right house of worship.

Jews who want to get a feel for eight Westchester rabbis now have a relatively easy way to do so!

The Rosenthal JCC in Pleasantville is beginning a 15-class “Introduction to Judaism” series this Tuesday (Jan. 13). It will cover all the Big Stuff — Torah, the sages, keeping kosher, holidays, lifecycle events, prayer, Kabbalah and more — and will be taught by the following rabbis:

  • Rabbi Joshua Davidson of Temple Beth El
  • Rabbi Steven Kane of Congregation Sons of Israel
  • Rabbi Douglas Krantz of Congregation B’nai Yisrael
  • Rabbi Seth Limmer of Congregation B’nai Yisrael
  • Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman of Temple Beth El
  • Rabbi Jason Nevarez Temple Shaaray Tefila
  • Rabbi Mark Sameth of Pleasantville Community Synagogue
  • Rabbi Jeremy Winaker of Bet Torah

So come try ’em out. The whole series costs only 36 bucks.

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.