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When the COVID-19 pandemic descended upon New York in March 2020 it landed right before Easter, one of the holiest periods for Protestants and Catholics, a time when family and friends gather in close proximity in their homes and houses of worship to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Chris…

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Westchester Reform Temple celebrated Purim this year Sunday, Feb. 28 with Purim Palooza: Drive Thru Edition! More than 100 cars and families experienced the holiday story, music and games — all from their cars.

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Salvatore Minardi thought he would have more than enough time to reserve his seat for Christmas Eve Mass. He had already attended some of the in-person masses at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Scarsdale during the pandemic, so he was well versed in the ins and outs of reserving a seat. L…

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Dyan Atkins was church shopping. Though she was raised Catholic, she had stepped away from organized religion and stopped following much of the church’s dogma, rules and rituals. She wanted to find a church she connected with, so every Sunday she would make the rounds, testing out different …

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On Saturday evening, Nov. 21, the installation by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of Immaculate Heart of Mary Scarsdale's newly assigned pastor, Monsignor Luke Sweeney, took place. They signed the official papers on the altar at the 5:30 p.m. Mass at IHM. The cardinal (socially distanced, of course) …

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At noon on Oct. 28, 29 and 30, leading up to All Saints Sunday, Nov. 1, a day on which Christians are invited to honor all saints, martyrs and loved ones departed, the Rev. Dr. Kelly Hough Rogers, senior minister at the Scarsdale Congregational Church, tolled the church bell 225 times (75 ea…

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For Monsignor Luke Sweeney, quarantining inside the rectory at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church with limited personal interactions became a time of great self-reflection as he slowly unpacked his things and entered a new routine of prayer.

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Nearly 50 people, along with quarantined Pastor Luke Sweeny from the window of his room, gathered in the parking lot by the shrine of Our Lady to recite the rosary at noon Saturday, Oct. 10, in honor of the 103rd anniversary of the miracle of the sun on Oct. 13, 1917. On that day Our Lady pe…

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Looking out over Post Road, Father Thomas Lynch took a seat at a plastic children’s picnic table outside of Immaculate Heart of Mary’s school building. The sun was blistering, and the heat was stifling. The shade from a large tree behind him offered a little relief, with only speckles of sun…

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Extraordinary times such as these call for effective leaders — leaders such as Rabbi Deborah Hirsch, who has been appointed interim rabbi of Temple Israel of New Rochelle for the next year. Although she only began there this month, she has already immersed herself in the synagogue, meeting w…

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As the sun was about to set Thursday, March 26, the Goldrich family of five gathered around a laptop in their Edgemont home, poised to celebrate youngest son Henry’s bar mitzvah service. But it was not a typical ceremony. Instead, the simcah took place online with 154 guests tuning in via Zo…

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Father Thomas Lynch likes to walk around the parking lot of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and pray the rosary. Times are different with social distancing guidelines in place due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and some days, Lynch said, he feels like he’s “living a little more like a monk” than …

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On Sunday, March 8, Scarsdale Synagogue held a Purim celebration and carnival. Although there were fewer participants than in years past, gathering together to share some Purim silliness, particularly in light of the virus-related concerns, lightened the mood.

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The Maccabi Games have been instrumental in creating lifelong friendships and celebrating Jewish life since 1982, and will continue bringing together teens and families from a diverse range of Jewish communities this summer in Westchester.

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The annual holiday event at Davis Park on Dec. 8 was well attended by friends and neighbors who came out for the hot chocolate, holiday cookies and songs, tree lighting and a visit from Santa Claus. Katie Rich led the crowd singing all of the season’s favorite holiday songs. Santa arrived at…

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The worship leaders of the Scarsdale-Hartsdale Interfaith Association held an interfaith Thanksgiving service Nov. 24 at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church. This year’s sermon was offered by Rabbi Jonathan Blake of Westchester Reform Temple. The event was sponsored by Greenville Community Church,…

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The Temple Israel Center of White Plains welcomed new Senior Rabbi Annie Tucker for her first day of work on July 15. Tucker is taking over for Rabbi Gordon Tucker (no relation) who served as senior rabbi for 24 years before retiring in 2017.

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Over the past few years St. Pius X has been undergoing renovations to make the church and surrounding buildings modern and welcoming. The late Rev. John O’Brien started this initiative, and after his passing the Rev. Francisco Sebastian Bacatan took over. So far the church has renovated the …

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Jazz and show tunes will highlight “Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered,” a cabaret style show June 8 at St. James the Less Church, featuring Dakota Martin and Keiji Ishiguri. Martin, who is the office manager at the church, along with Cheryl Smith, the nursery school director, will turn th…

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The religious education program at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church run by Fr. Thomas A. Lynch, 8th grade and Deanna Ricciardi, 7th grade put on a Christmas pageant in the IHM auditorium Dec. 10.

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Scarsdale resident Daniel Reingold, president and CEO of RiverSpring Health, brought light and love to the Pittsburgh Jewish community Nov. 13 with the gift of a handcrafted menorah from Israel. Reingold was invited to speak to the members of the Jewish Association on Aging following the Tre…

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Rabbi Lester B. Bronstein has been named the new president of the New York Board of Rabbis, the largest interdenominational rabbinic body in the world. Bronstein will be installed as president Thursday, October 25, at Bet Am Shalom, 295 Soundview Ave. in White Plains.

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In February 2017, the JCC of Mid-Westchester and Shames JCC on the Hudson received phoned-in bomb threats that prompted their administrators to evaluate and expand security efforts.

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Rows of tables groaned under the weight of fixings for sandwiches as little children and their parents assembled sandwiches and snacks on a recent Sunday morning at Westchester Reform Temple.