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Apple Picking and Sukkot Celebration with Congregation Habonim Sunday, September 26

Meet at Dr. Davies Farm, Congers, NY at 10:00 am
Open to all!

Please reserve your 10:00 am booking to pick apples at Dr. Davies for your family here  

Please RSVP to so we can bring a sweet treat to share with you.

$12 per person for 1/2 peck bag  or $47 for up to 6 people for 1/2 bushel bag.

Please note: Dr. Davies only takes CASH - please bring enough with you to cover your apples and any other activities you want to do there:


Habonim recently used Bender Fund assets to donate the money necessary to provide High Holiday food packages to elderly Holocaust survivors who are clients of Self Help Community Services.

The Bender Fund was created almost 50 years ago in conjunction with our Brotherhood, and is dedicated solely to helping elderly, blind, and needy members of the Jewish community.

Self Help reports that everyone who received the packages was so very appreciative and sends their thanks to all the members of Congregation Habonim for their generosity and kindness. Each year we help provide food packages to Self Help clients on Pesach, the High Holidays, and Hanukkah.

Habonim Happy Hour Hang Out
Many thanks to those who joined this past Monday evening. It was a pleasure to mix and mingle outdoors together.  We hope to host future hang outs, so stay tuned.

Annual Honey from the Heart Fundraiser

We encourage you to order honey online here.  We are once again unable to accept paper orders or checks due to the closure of our office.  If you are unable to order online, please fill out this form and email it to Beth Bornstein at or contact her with questions. Again, we are unable to accept paper checks this year. 

First Book Group Meeting in the Fall: Wednesday, October 6, 7-8:30 pm

We're reading The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties that helped create modern China by Jonathan Kaufman.

Additional book group dates (all on Wednesdays, 7-8:30 pm):

2021: November 17

2022: January 12, February 23, April 6, May 18

Seeking a Volunteer with Graphic Design Skills

Do you have graphic design skills? Professional experience not required. The membership committee is looking for some creative design assistance (nominal time) for an upcoming project. Contact the committee at 

Habonim Highlight: Shlissel Challah

Another intimate and meaningful evening of baking and learning, led by Rina Cohen Schwarz.  We learned the history of why we bake a "key" challah for the first Shabbat after Pesach.  Then we experimented with assorted ways to bake in the shape of a key and to bake a key into our actual challahs. Enjoy these pictures of some of our culinary successes.

More events to come!  Please share feedback, ideas, your own talents we can showcase or just reach out to join our committee:

The Membership Committee's mission includes improving the membership experience by building on existing relationships through community "self-care" to make Habonim a welcoming destination for existing and new members.

Learn more about using your Shulcloud account. Topics include: Updating your information, making payments and donations, and accessing the Habonim member directory.

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. 

Seeking volunteers (of all ages) to help Habonim community members connect online and organize dial-in information for weekly prayer services and programs, as well as with other needs. Contact Susan Grant at .

Fri, September 17 2021 11 Tishrei 5782