Oh, those Jewish divisions

The different movements within Judaism — Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist — can be at odds on so many things.

I sometimes wonder if the divisions may, at some point, overwhelm what holds the Jewish world together.

The Westchester chapter of the American Jewish Committee apparently wonders the same thing. It will present a program — “Does our unity still outweigh our divisions?” — tomorrow (April 30) at Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains.

The 7:30 p.m. program is open to the public, but space is limited. To attend, call 914-948-5585 or email Westchester@ajc.org.

The panelists representing the four teams:

In the Reconstructionist corner, Rabbi Lester Bronstein of Bet Am Shalom Synagogue in White Plains.

For the Reform, Kol Ami’s own Rabbi Shira Milgrom.

Batting for the Conservatives, Rabbi Jeffrey Segelman of the Westchester Jewish Center in Mamaroneck.

And standing in for the Orthodox, Rabbi David Israel of the Bi-Cultural Day School in Stamford.

The referee (moderator) will be Rabbi Noam Marans, the AJC’s associate director of contemporary Jewish life.

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.