Introducing…the Westchester Jewish Council

The Westchester Jewish Conference, a venerable consortium of synagogues and Jewish groups from across the county, has decided to rename itself.

The conference has become a council, the Westchester Jewish Council.

According to a statement: “The change was made to better reflect the Jewish community relations council function of the organization, and to bring the name into alignment with its 100 sister organizations nationwide.  This name change is the first step in a major new effort to more dynamically portray the organization in all communications and interactions with the community.”

Fair enough.

Council President Ronald E. Burton explains:  “We felt that WJC deserved a ‘larger’ name; the word ‘Council’ sounded good to us from the first time we tried it.   So far, the response from the public has been overwhelmingly positive.  To me, it reflects this notion of well-intentioned people sitting around the table for the common good of the Westchester Jewish community – that’s not only the hope, but it’s also the expectation – it’s what we do.”

The group also notes that the word “conference” makes one think of a regular or semi-regular gathering of people, and the group is clearly more than that.

The WJC’s website, which does not yet reflect the new name, notes that the group was once known as the Jewish Community Relations Council of Westchester. So the new name is a return to the group’s roots.

But the WJC gets to keep its initials, which is always nice.

Making friends in the ‘kitchen’

Nothing brings people together like breaking bread, right?

Next Thursday (April 15), Jewish and Muslim women from Westchester will talk and eat at Chef Central in Hartsdale to share traditional recipes and “cooking customs.”

The Westchester Jewish Conference is setting things up and the American Muslim Women’s Association, a Westchester-based group, is taking part.

According to a release:


imagesThe demonstration chef at Chef Central will make a Biryani, a traditional Muslim dish of fish, rice, and vegetables with spices and infused oils, and Baba Ghanoush (pictured), a traditional eggplant side dish. The chef will also demonstrate a savory noodle kugel, or casserole, and Kasha varnishkes, buckwheat groats and noodles, representing traditional Jewish dishes from Eastern European. Challah bread, flatbreads, and tea will be served alongside these dishes.


I’m getting hungry. What’s for lunch?