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January  Social Action Calendar

Key: ⬥ Family-Centered

Watch Shared Legacy

January 10-12

The film link will be sent by email once have registered for the January 19th discussion. There will be 72 hours to view the film between January 10-13. In order to get access to the film link please email Liz Schonfeld at

Mount Kisco Martin Luther King Day Memorial Service

January 18th

Please join Rabbi Brusso for the Mt. Kisco Martin Luther King Memorial Service at 5 PM. In preparation, the community is asked to “Share Your Dream” by writing it on a paper bag which will be luminated on the lawn of the village green. You can pick up a bag outside Bet Torah, and drop it off before 10 AM on Monday. More information go to Mt. Kisco MKLDay


United Against Racism: Pursuing Justice as a Multiracial Jewish Community

January 12th, 8:00 p.m. 

Justice for All Series kicked off last month by Rabbi Brusso continues with guest speaker Amy Feinman, Anti Defamation League’s  Northeast Area Civil Rights Counsel. 

In Pirkei Avot, Rabbi Tarfon writes: “You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it.”  In this moment of racial reckoning, as our nation grapples with the insidious ways in which the legacy of slavery and institutionalized racism continues to infect our institutions and our policies, our faith must compel us to action.  Join us for a frank conversation with ADL regarding how we can continue to actively participate in campaigns for racial justice that have been led by communities of color, including Jews of Color, for decades.  How can we support the Black Lives Matter movement as multiracial Jewish community, and how do we resist those who seek to use antisemitism as a tool to distract and divide us in this moment?

Join us for a frank discussion about how we as Jews can take action towards Racial Justice. 

This event requires registration. Click here to register

Shared Legacies

January 19th, 7:30 p.m.

Shared Legacies: The African American – Jewish Civil Rights Alliance is a documentary on the often-forgotten story of the coalition and friendship between the Jewish and African-American communities during the Civil Rights Movement. Bet Torah will have a link for this film on January 10 for 72 hours. 

Bet Torah is co-sponsoring a countywide discussion of this film with Westchester Jewish Council and AJC

Reverend Doris K Dalton of the Westchester County Human Rights Commission will moderate a panel including the film’s producer and director, Shari Rogers; Susannah Heschel, Chair of the Jewish Studies program at Dartmouth (and daughter of Rabbi Abraham Heschel featured in the film); and Tiffany Hamilton, Chief Diversity Officer at Pace University.

This event requires registration. When you register you will be given the zoom link as well as access to the film from January 10th-13th. Click here to register

AJC Anti-Semitism in America: AJC Survey

February 9th, 2021, 8 PM

Please join Rabbi Brusso and the Social Justice Committee for Part 3 of the Justice for All Series. We will welcome Myra Clark-Siegel, AJC Director Fairfield/Westchester who will address Anti-Semitism in America and the recent AJC survey.
Registration and Link will be posted here and in the weekly once it is available. For questions, contact

Volunteer to Deliver for Our Shabbat Meal Program

Each Friday

Drivers and donations of funds welcomed. Meals prepared by Chef Rene Leon.

About Social Action

Bet Torah has a robust Social Action Program, which includes our Caring Committe for our own congregants, our Community Service Committee efforts for our neighbors in need, our Interfaith Committee which seeks to build relationships and understanding across faith based groups, and our Social Justice Committee which seeks to promote the rights of all people.