Welcome to the website of the Young Israel of New Rochelle led by Rabbi Reuven Fink.

A member of the National Council of Young Israel, YINR has grown dramatically in recent years and serves 380 member families of all ages. YINR and the greater New Rochelle Jewish community provide a wide range of programs, services and other infrastructure.

We are located in the Wykagyl section of New Rochelle, often referred to as the “Queen City of the Sound.” New Rochelle is just 30 minutes to New York City by train or car and was recently selected by Business Week as one of the best places to raise kids.

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Chanukah – Rosh Codesh Tevet
(30 Kislev 5782 I December 3 – 4, 2021)

Friday
Candle Lighting: 4:09pm
Mincha: 4:15pm

Saturday
Mincha: 4:05pm
Shabbat ends: 5:13pm

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Join our email list and view our FAQ section if you have questions about receiving your email. 

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Please remember to begin saying “v’tein tal u’matar livracha” at Maariv on Motzaei Shabbat.

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CHANUKAH PROGRAMMING

Click here to read Rabbi Axelrod’s Laws and Customs of Chanukah.

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Chanukah Soiree (for Adults). Motzaei Shabbat, December 4, 8:30-11:00pm. Featuring live music, wine and cocktails, fresh donuts, cheese pairings and ice cream. RSVP required. Sponsorships available. Click here to RSVP and click here for the flyer. 

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Chanukah Puppet Show. Sunday, December 5 at 10:15am in the Social Hall for 1st graders and younger. Click here for the flyer. 

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3V3 Charity Basketball Tournament. Both adults and teens are welcome. Held in the WDS Gym on Sunday, December 5 at 1:00pm, and there is a $10 fee. Click here for the flyer.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Women’s Initiative for Jewish Studies (WIJS). The next WIJS lecture will take place Tuesday, December 7 at 8:00pm via Zoom with a presentation by Dr. Michal Raucher, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies, Rutgers University, entitled “Books and Babies: Reproductive Literacy among Haredi Women in Israel.” Click here for the flyer.
If you are interested in sponsoring a future WIJS lecture, please click here

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Ruach. Ruach will meet on Wednesday, December 8 at 12:30pm for lunch and a program entitled, “The Songs of Naomi Shemer,” presented by Richie Katz.
​​​​​​​If you are interested in sponsoring Ruach, please contact Vera by clicking here.
If you plan to attend Ruach this week, please RSVP by Monday by emailing Vera Koppel at southernmansions@aol.com. Please click here for the December flyer. 

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YINR Blood Drive. YINR is proud to once again host its annual blood drive on Sunday, December 12 from 9:00am – 3:00pm in the YINR Social Hall. Blood levels are critically low and every donor can make a difference. If you would like to volunteer to help on the day of the drive, please contact Ari Bunim​​​​​​. Click here ​​​​​​​ to make an appointment.

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Thanksgiving Meals for New Rochelle Police and Firefighters. The New Rochelle Police and Fire Departments were grateful for the Thanksgiving meals that we delivered last week. 
Thank you to everyone who worked on making this year’s ‘Operation Turkey’ a wonderful success. Through the community’s generosity we were able to provide traditional Thanksgiving meals to all the firefighters and police officers who were working on Thanksgiving instead of spending the holiday with their families.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

End of Year Stock Payments. Please consider gifting appreciated securities to YINR as payment for outstanding balances or as a new contribution.  Donating shares of stock or mutual funds that have appreciated in value since their purchase affords you a charitable income tax deduction equal to the fair market value of the securities at the time of donation and avoids the capital gains tax that would be incurred on a sale of these securities. Please contact the office when you are donating stock and include the estimated value. Any questions, please click  here  to contact the office. 

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YINR Security Codes. Please call or email the office (914-636-2215 x302 or executivedirector@yinr.org) if you forgot your security code to enter the building. There is a keypad at the front door entrance and the garage entrance. Every member has their own code. Remember to use # sign before entering the 6 digits. If you are a new member and have not been assigned a code yet, please contact the office and we will assign you one.

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YINR’s NEW Toddler-Parent Room! Parents now have a dedicated space in shul to play with their toddlers on Shabbat morning in Room MP5, across from the Social Hall! YINR Mother’s Room is upstairs on the third floor and is available for any mothers who want to nurse their babies. Please call the office if you need the code to enter the room.

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YINR Career Learning Series (CLS). We are very excited to launch CLS, a new program designed to empower our young adults to make more informed choices regarding career opportunities. To make this program a success we are now recruiting panel participants! Click here for the list of potential career categories and for more information.

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COVID PROTOCOLS. Masks are REQUIRED inside the Shul building (1149 and 1228) for all those who are unvaccinated, in accordance with CDC guidance as adopted by New York State. Click here for the CDC’s Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People. 

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Upcoming Smachot. To place your upcoming smachot (wedding, aufruf, bar or bat mitzvah) on the YINR calendar, please email or call the office at 914-636-2215 x302. Bar or Bat Mitzvah dates can be reserved up to two years ahead. To reserve a room for any event, please fill out the simcha registration form and return it to the office.

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Bikur Cholim. Bikur Cholim is available to support our members who may want visitors while in a hospital, rehab facility or at home. We can also provide additional support services once back home. If you know someone who may benefit from Bikur Cholim, or can volunteer to help on the committee, please reach out to Ruth Levy and Yehudit Sarah Waller at bikurcholim@yinr.org.

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Antisemitic Incidents. If you come into contact with any antisemitic event, please notify the NRPD at 914-654-2300 as quickly as practical with as many details as you can convey. Also, please email the same information to securityincident@yinr.org to alert the Shul’s security team.

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COMMUNITY NEWS AND EVENTS

New Rochelle Torah Center. The Kollel meets in the Shul Social Hall every Sunday-Thursday, 8:30-10:00pm. The Girls Mishmar Program of the NRTC meets once a month and is open to women of all ages. Please email Rav Etan Epstein for more information. 

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A Talk About Sefer Breishit. 10th yahrzeit presentation of the Sheldon Rudoff Memorial Lecture (Simone Semer’s father), delivered by Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, President, Yeshiva University. Wednesday, December 8 at 8:00pm via Zoom. Click here for the flyer. 

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Raising Courageous Jews: A Guide Through the Cultural Minefield, A Conversation w/ Liel Leibovitz, Jonathan Silver, and Eric Cohen. Monday, December 13, at 8:00pm,
hosted by the Young Israel of Scarsdale. Join Us In-Person or on Zoom! Click here to register. 

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Westchester/Riverdale i-Shine needs drivers!  If you’re available to transport SAR HS volunteers on Wednesday afternoons at 3:50 pm from SAR HS to WDS, that would be great. The teens have all been vaccinated.  It’s a one-way trip only!  We are also looking for drivers who can drive elementary school children to and from WDS.  Please click here to contact Daphne Rawson if you can help.

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​​​​​​​HOPE Community Services Kosher Food Pantry. Volunteers are needed to pack, give out and deliver food.  For more information and to sign up for shifts, click here.

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Westchester/Riverdale i-Shine Announces Its Chanukah Fundraising Drive.  Now in its fourth year, Westchester/Riverdale i-Shine helps families who are facing life-changing events such as illness or the loss of a family member.  i-Shine provides afternoons of fun, activities, homework help, snacks and dinner to elementary and middle school students from schools in Westchester and Riverdale and meets weekly at Westchester Day School.  High School volunteers, from SAR HS, WHHS, The Leffell School and Harrison HS are a vital part of the program, brining love, friendship, attention and smiles to our kids’ faces.  There is no cost to families; we are staffed entirely by volunteers.  To help with the many costs involved in maintaining i-Shine, please consider making a donation to our Chanukah Fundraising Drive.  Special sponsorships are available:
1.      Weekly program costs…$360
2.      Birthday Bash…$72
3.      Outside entertainment/off-campus trips…$1000
4.      Teen volunteers’ Thank-You gifts…$360
5.      Chanukah gifts…$500
6.      Purim costumes…$180
Contributions in any denomination will be truly appreciated.  You can donate by going to: http://www.chailifeline.org/ishinewr.  For more information about i-Shine, please email: ishinewestriv@gmail.com

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OPEN HOUSES

SAR Information Sessions for Early Learning Center, Lower School, and Middle School:
December 1 and January 12. Register at saradmissions.org/infosession. For questions: call (718) 548-1717 x1251 or email admissions@saracademy.org

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THE MIKVAH OF NEW ROCHELLE

The  Mikvah of New Rochelle is open by ADVANCE appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please text 914-646-4578. Please click  here  for the most up-to-date information on the Mikvah. 

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Kaylim Mikvah. Please note that the Kaylim Mikvah in 1149 is open whenever the building is open. No appointments are necessary.

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OU Kosher Alerts and Advisories.Click here to read the latest information released by the Orthodox Union’s Kosher Division. 

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Shiurim , Meetings & Events Recordings. If you missed any of our Shiurim, Meetings or Events, the recordings can accessed by clicking here.

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 Hotline Numbers. NYS DOH: 833-626-7662 and 855-626-7662.
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 Cholim List.  Click here to view the list of cholim for our tefillot.
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 YINR on Facebook. Check out our revived Facebook page – Young Israel of New Rochelle – for latest news and photos.
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 Join the YINR Minyan WhatsApp group. Be alerted to minyan time and location changes and shiva minyanim. To join, please contact Harold Rosengarten. 
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 Reflective Gear. For your own safety, please be sure to wear reflective gear when walking at night. 
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Stock Payments. 

Please consider gifting appreciated securities to YINR as payment for outstanding balances or as a new contribution.  Donating shares of stock or mutual funds that have appreciated in value since their purchase affords you a charitable income tax deduction equal to the fair market value of the securities at the time of donation and avoids the capital gains tax that would be incurred on a sale of these securities. 
Please contact the office when you are donating stock to identify yourself, the stock listing symbol, and the estimated value. Any questions, please click here to contact the office. 

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