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Jewish Museum Freedom Art Jam Family Day
Sunday, April 2, 2023 from 11:00am-3:30pm
Visit the Jewish Museum for a Passover extravaganza featuring art, music, and dancing! Set yourself free to the joyful sounds of Grammy-winner Joanie Leeds, craft a holiday work of art, create a freedom shaker, add to a giant mixed-media seder themed installation, explore the galleries, and more! Find out more HERE.

Support the Manhattan Eruv

An eruv creates a representative boundary that enables those who follow traditional laws of Shabbat to carry from a personal enclosed area into the public domain. At 18 miles long, the Manhattan Eruv is one of the longest eruvim in the world!! The Jewish community funds the eruv in Manhattan. Join Rabbi Gelber in showing support for this important Jewish practice and donate to the current crowd-sourcing event HERE.

Seeking Volunteers for Midnight Run

Midnight Run coordinates over 1,000 relief missions per year, in which volunteers distribute food, clothing, and other items to the homeless on the streets of NYC. These efforts create a forum for trust, sharing, understanding and affection.

Habonim is looking to do morning runs, but we need experienced leaders in order to do that! We are asking for volunteers to sign up to do runs with another organization and be trained to lead ours! Write to our office HERE if you are interested, and learn more about Midnight Run HERE.

Urgent Need for Blood Donation in New York City

For more information about the city's blood supply situation, click here .
Click here to find additional blood drive locations and dates in your neighborhood.  

Our hearts are with our Jewish communal family in Ukraine and all those in harm's way in the region.
The Joint Distribution Committee is working non-stop to provide food, medicine and diapers. To support the JDC in the Ukraine donate here .
We can also support Masorti Olami, our Conservative Movement international partner, in their emergency campaign  for the Masorti communities in Ukraine and the Schechter Institute , also a Movement Partner, in Israel, and Project Kesher. Here at home, we can support UJA Federation.


Vaccines and boosters continue to protect each of us and our community. Click here for current eligibility information.

To make an appointment go to or call 877-VAX-4NYC or 877-829- 4692.  

Click here for vaccination site locations

New York City Vaccine Command Center

From Rabbi Gelber:
If you have not yet participated in the Gift of Life Marrow Registry, I encourage you to Get Swabbed by registering here .
Testing is free for those 18-35 and you'll learn more about the ideal profile at that link. I have worked with patients with leukemia and other blood cancers for almost 25 years and have witnessed the power of the bone marrow registries in helping to preserve and save lives. Do your part and join the registry! For questions about Judaism and saving a life, be in touch with me at

Rabbi Gelber is honored to have her words included in the rapid-response book  Remember and Do Not Forget,  Rabbinic Testimonies of January 6, 2021: A Horrific Day in American History, edited by Rabbi Menachem Creditor and Rabbi Jessie Olitzky, with Foreword by Ruth Messinger. 

Table of Contents

 When We Turned Within, Volume 2 features writing by 107 contributors from around the world - Rabbi Lisa Gelber and Malkie Grozalsky among them. Co-edited by Rabbi Menachem Creditor and Sarah Tuttle-Singer, the paperback is available here and the Kindle version is available here.

Proceeds from book sales go to UJA-Federation of NY for COVID relief efforts.

Some of Rabbi Gelber's weekly writings to the Habonim community are included in the first volume of When We Turned Within: Reflections of COVID-19. 

Sun, April 2 2023 11 Nisan 5783