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Celebrate Purim with CSAIR 
Thurs. & Fri., February 25 - 26
Purim 2-D Style due Thurs., February 18
Mishloach Manot pick up starts Sun., February 21

There are many ways to celebrate Purim with us this year!

Find out all your options of how to bring joy to your Purim celebrations this year. 
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Shabbat Across CSAIR
Friday & Saturday, March 5 - 6
We can’t wait to celebrate Shabbat with you in person, but until then we can celebrate Shabbat simultaneously and be together in spirit. 

Our first-ever Shabbat Across CSAIR (the week after Purim!
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CSAIR Movie Night: Aftermath
Monday, March 1, 8:00 PM

Aftermath is a powerful drama set in modern-day Poland. The movie depicts events that have their genesis some 75-80 years earlier during World War II. Steve Gleit will facilitate a conversation about the movie. Please watch the movie beforehand. It's available on Amazon, Vudu, and Hoopla.

Click here for a review and here for some historical basis. 

Intimate Voices Concerts

This season the musicians of Intimate Voices cannot be together to play the collaborative chamber music we love best and have brought to CSAIR for 11 seasons. But although current technology will not allow live chamber music from multiple locations, live music-making can still continue, and we plan to share some wonderful music, as always a mix of the new and the familiar, from Baroque to contemporary, in real-time, not pre-recorded, from our homes to yours. These programs will be under 1 hour in length and are offered free to all. Please join us. 

Sunday, March  7, 8:00 PM
Join James Wilson (cello) and Carsten Schmidt (piano), playing together from their home, and Sheila Reinhold (violin) for a program including Bach, Grieg, and more.

Free. For more details, click here.



Torah for Today
with Rabbi Katz and Rabbi Greenberg
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

For generations, Jews have lived their lives in conversation with Parshat HaShavua, the weekly Torah reading. Reading about the relationships of our ancestors to each other offered us a perspective on our own families. Hearing how the ancient Israelites became a nation, gave us the language to talk about the Jewish people and our place in the world. Questions about God, morality, leadership. what it means to be a human being and live a good life are all raised in the sweep of the year’s Torah reading cycle.

Each week we will look at selections from the Parshat HaShavua for the coming weekend along with ancient and modern commentary. Our learning will focus on deep understanding and connecting the themes of the weekly reading to what is going on today in our lives.

No experience necessary. All texts provided in English along with Hebrew. 

Sponsored by the CSAIR Sisterhood.

Contact for more information.


Yiddish Vinkl
Sundays, 10:00 AM (approximately 90 minutes)
Enjoy the joys of Yiddish with a group that meets to schmooze together.
For more information and to confirm meeting dates, email
Charlie Goldfischer.


Hug Ivri
Sundays, 11:00 AM
A Hebrew discussion group to talk about politics, literature, current events, and more.
For more information and to confirm meeting dates, email
Yaakov Taitz.

programming for youth - teens

Contact Mason Voit for more information


Shabbat Scavenger Hunt
w/ Camp Ramah
Thursday, March 4, 6:00 - 7:00 PM 
3-4 graders and families

Camp Ramah in the Berkshires to lead events in 2021 as indicated!


Project Tzedek: A Social Justice Project for Teens by Teens

Monday, March 8, 7:00 PM
Are you a teen passionate about social justice issues? Do you want to learn about pressing matters and actively contribute to meaningful change? If so, Project Tzedek is for you.

A note from Project Tzedek founders, Jenna Tomkiel and Julia Gallent:

"We just wanted to remind you about our hygiene supply drive that lasts until this Sunday, February 21st. Please fill out this form to tell us what you can bring so we can get a sense of what we will be donating to New Alternatives to support LGBTQ+ homeless youth.

And please sign up here for our next meeting on March 8th at 7 PM where we will be learning about and discussing how to make an impact on “Fast Fashion”. 

Thank you so much,
Julia and Jenna


Pickled Practice w/ Camp Ramah
Sunday, March, 21, 11:00 AM-Noon



Sunday, May 23, 2021

Email Ellen Goldberg if you would like to get involved in the planning!

Communal Art Project!

Contact Mason Voit for more information.

There are so many foods associated with our Jewish experiences. They are connected to holidays and lifecycle celebrations. They remind us of people who are part of our Jewish lives and evoke powerful memories. These foods nourish our souls.

This community art project will focus on these themes.  We hope that collaborating on this project will bring us closer despite our physical distance and that when we return to our shul building, this art will remind us of our connection to one another and our Jewish tradition.  

Here's what we asked of participation:

What are the flavors, colors, smells? What experiences or memories are associated with these foods? Where and when did you prepare or eat this? Were you a child, at home, at a relative’s home, in a sukkah, at a Shabbat meal, in shul?

Think about how to represent this food and what it means to you. You may choose to take a photo of the food, preparing it, or of the ingredients. You may find an image online or from a book or magazine. You can draw it or paint it or write down the recipe. You can create a poem about it or write a descriptive paragraph about it. How you document this is your artistic choice. You can combine any of these suggestions or come up with your own!

Our Artist in Residence and
the Goal for the Art Project

Joy Langer is a teaching artist and member of our Hebrew School staff. She will create a slideshow gallery of the submissions and a mixed media work/collage comprised of our submissions in the project. We plan to share the piece when it is complete and have it ready to display when we are back in the shul building. Eventually, it will live in the kitchen, a place that we hope continues to be a place of gathering, learning, and community spirit.

You can see some of Joy’s work
here and on our Hebrew School Facebook page.

Thank you for being part of this project.

Barry Dov Katz, Rabbi
Mason Voit, Director of Jewish Education and Family Life
Joy Langer, Teaching Artist

Emunah Groups 2.0

Emunah groups have formed around a particular common interest and are welcoming new members. They meet approximately once a month.

Theater and music facilitated by Deborah Lupkin Ungar
Cooking/baking facilitated by Leona Chudy
Literature facilitated by Sharon Kern-Taub

Please email Abby Pitkowsky to be added to any of these groups.


Community Emergency Resource Guide
The Riverdale Clergy Conference has put together a document with resources for the community to utilize during this pandemic. The resources compiled in the document deal with many issues including domestic violence, worker's rights, childcare, financial needs, food assistance, housing, mental health resources, and more. Please click here.

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