Jewish Family Congregation
Jewish Family Congregation (JFC) is a warm and vibrant community that fosters a sense of Jewishness, coupled with pride and delight. Our worship style is informal, with a lot of congregational participation. And congregants love to sing. JFC was established in 1981 by families in South Salem NY and neighboring towns who wanted to create a congregation where Judaism would be more than practiced, it would be celebrated. As a Reform congregation belonging to the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC), we welcome the equal participation of men and women in our religious life. One of the greatest values of Judaism has always been education. At JFC, Jewish education is a lifelong process for learners of all ages and abilities encompassed by the Early Childhood Program, Religious School, and Adult Education. The Early Childhood Program, with its nursery school and parenting center, helps create a special bond between parent and child and help preschoolers to grow socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. Jewish Family Congregation’s Religious School is unrivaled in its personalized attention to each student and his/her individual needs. Its innovative curriculum and programs are intended to give students a feeling of love, pride and respect for their heritage, and the desire to embrace Judaism. At JFC education does not end upon Bar or Bat Mitzvah. In grades 8 and 9, the Confirmation Class explores contemporary issues and current events from a Jewish perspective with the rabbi. Adult Education at the synagogue offers adults learning experiences that inspire, empower and challenge adult learners. The performing of mitzvot through social action helps members appreciate what they have by giving some of it to those in need. JFC’s social action activities include: Food and clothing drives in support of the Katonah Community Center; an annual blood drive; the monthly Midnight Run to distribute sack lunches and clothing to the homeless living on the streets of Manhattan; Share-a-Shabbat monthly visits to a nearby group home for developmentally disabled adults; and Adopt-A-Highway, where twice a year congregants can be seen wearing bright orange safety vests and carrying orange garbage bags, clearing debris from a two-mile stretch of Route 35. There are numerous ways to make a difference at JFC. The Board of Directors welcomes new members onto its committees, which include Ritual, Education, Membership, Facilities, Fundraising, Rabbi-Congregational Partnership, Publicity, and Social Action. The JFC Youth Group is a program for teenagers in grades 9 through 12 to meet twice monthly to socialize, to participate in social action, and to go on outings to places of interest such as the Jewish Museum. The Women’s and Men’s Groups invite members and non-members alike to participate in a variety of exciting programs and activities. The Judaica Shop offers a fine selection of ritual objects, jewelry and housewares to enrich the Jewish experience.