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Hanukkah Film Festival: Eight nights of films beginning November 28

Habonim is proud to support the Hanukkah Film Festival. Your ticket purchase provides limited-time digital access to this series of 11 films, plus exclusive filmmaker discussions and more, with new content added each night of Hanukkah.

Just $36 for eight nights with special Habonim promo code: BRACHA  

There is a competition for which organization has the most registrations.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

2021 Turkey Challenge

The Turkey Challenge is ending, but the West Side Campaign Against Hunger continues to provide meals to hungry New Yorkers. Click here for more information and to donate. Congregation Habonim is a member of the Turkey Challenge Community Coalition. 

Please join us on Sunday, December 5 for a day of chesed and giving back to the community. 
We have partnered with the organization One Block to pick up trash in our neighborhood. We will gather outside Habonim at 10:30 am to clean up the surrounding blocks. All ages welcome! Gloves, bags, and garbage grabbers will be provided. Sign up here

Please note - this event is weather-dependent. If there is inclement weather we will alert you that morning and reschedule.

Our clean-up will be kicked off at 10 am with a
Hanukkah Musical Celebration (for all ages).

66th Street Plaza along Riverside Boulevard (weather permitting).  
Come celebrate Hanukkah together with a musical concert by Jessica Futran and Rob Silverbush. Enjoy festive treats and warm drinks. All are welcome to attend! 

Conversations Between Sisters Workshop 3: Conversations Between Conservative and Masorti Sisters

Sunday, December 12, 1 pm

Go here for more information and to register for Workshop 3

Summer Program in Israel:

Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students: TRY (Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim) is offering a six-week summer program in Israel, including four weeks in Jerusalem and the opportunity to earn 3 college credits. Click here for more information.

Scholarships for Jewish Studies and Sacred Music Students

Generous 4-year scholarships are available for Fall 2022 incoming Jewish Studies majors/Jewish sacred music students at Indiana University. Click here for more information. 

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.  


Vaccine eligibility is expanding regularly. 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. 

Lincoln Center at Home Memorial for Us All, a secular community remembrance honoring and celebrating those who have died from COVID-19. The series is over but the concerts can be viewed on Lincoln Center's  website and on the New York Board of Rabbis  Facebook  page.  

Wed, December 1 2021 27 Kislev 5782