It is our pleasure to invite you to Fleetwood Synagogue’s annual Honoree Reception, to be held on Sunday, December 8th at 5:30pm at the Synagogue. This year, we will be honoring David A. Alpert, Senior Vice President of Riverside Memorial Chapel, life-long resident of the City of Mount Vernon and a good friend and member of Fleetwood Synagogue. We welcome the opportunity to acknowledge his many years of service to the Jewish communities of Westchester.

On the 25th Anniversary of the Mount Vernon Eruv, we are extremely appreciative of David’s

significant efforts which have contributed to the continued success of Fleetwood Synagogue. In 1988, David made it possible to construct the Eruv and enhance the religious observance of our members who reside in Bronxville and Yonkers, as well as Mount Vernon.

David played a major role in the dedication of the Jewish Chaplains Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. He serves as a REITS Fellow and is on the board of the Wurzweiller School at Yeshiva University, the Chair of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center in Westchester and Vice President of the Advisory Board of the New York Board of Rabbis. David is a member of the Board of the Westchester Jewish Council which presented him with a Distinguished Service Award earlier this year.

David and his wife, Leslie, are proud of their three children and three grandchildren. They are also members of Temple Israel of New Rochelle and Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester.

This Cocktail Reception is Fleetwood Synagogue’s main fundraiser and we request your contribution in David’s honor. Admission to the reception is $250 per person which entitles you to a name (supporter) or business listing. Please refer to the enclosed response form for more information. Our deadline is November 17, 2013.

Thank you in advance for your generous support. We look forward to seeing you at the


Ilene Davison and Irwin S. Davison Jack Lowenstein

Reception Co-Chairs President

Click here to download the ad http://www.fleetwoodsynagogue.org/Alpert_Reception_ad_blank.pdf

Best places to live in Westchester in 2013: Fleetwood, NY

Best places to live in Westchester in 2013: Fleetwood, NY

Mount Vernon’s slogan used to be “The City of Happy Homes.” Fleetwood could be nicknamed “The Enclave of Happy Commuters.” This busy, diverse, North Mount Vernon neighborhood has thousands of co-ops in pre- and post-war buildings as well as large, handsome homes with vintage pedigrees.

The business district on north Gramatan Avenue offers everything from sushi to bagels to bridal gowns. Maggie Spillane’s Ale House, a sister to the popular Spillane’s bars in Mamaroneck and Eastchester, opened in 2011.
But easy commuting is downtown Fleetwood’s main draw. It’s right off Exit 8 on the Cross County and a mile from the Hutch. The Metro-North station is blocks away—steps, if you live in a co-op by the tracks.
Darryl Selsey, broker/owner of Four Seasons Real Estate Center, says that Fleetwood attracts singles who work in the City; seniors, who can walk to everything, including their doctors; young couples looking for their first homes; and down-sizing older couples. “People will empty-nest from Bronxville and Pelham, where the taxes are higher.”
Susan Granata, a divorced mother of two school-age kids, owns a 5,000-square-foot, 1910 Dutch Colonial with stained-glass windows and a chauffeur’s quarters above the garage. She considers Fleetwood a great place to live “because you get away from the hustle and bustle of the City without being so far away that you lose that urban edge.”


Visit us at OU’s Community Home and Job Relocation Fair 2013

4th Annual OU Jewish Communities Home and Job Relocation Fair

Sunday, April 21, 2013 from 12:00 – 6:00 pmJCF Truck

Metropolitan Pavilion, 110 West 19th Street, New York City

Please join the Orthodox Union and growing Jewish communities from around the country for a day of information, introduction and imagining.

Pursue your dream of a professionally enriching, religiously and personally rewarding life in a community with affordable homes in a friendly, supportive neighborhood, helping to bolster the Torah environment.

Meet community representatives and learn about:

  • Affordable housing and tuition
  • Exciting and lucrative job opportunities
  • Close-knit and warm communities
  • Synagogues, day schools and yeshivot
  • Kosher stores and other communal resources

10th Annual Charles Sidlow Memorial Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat


FEB. 1-2, 2013

10th Annual Charles Sidlow Memorial Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat

Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Mordechai Kedar

Research Associate, Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies

Lecturer, Arabic Department, Bar-Ilan University


night: “Islam: A Culture in Crisis”

For fourteen centuries Islam has failed to fulfill so many of
its goals – to unify Muslims; to provide a good life for its adherents; to
shape a positive ruling system; and more. Millions of Muslims flee their
countries and prefer to live among the infidels. Where does Islam go?


morning: “Flawed Intelligence and Faulty Policy: The Fruit of Cultural Myopia”

Many failures of Western policy in the the Middle East have been, and still are, a
result of intelligence personnel and policy makers’ mistakenly using their own
Western culture and mindset in order to understand Middle Eastern societies.
History provides numerous examples.


Motza’ei Shabbat: “The Israeli Elections: What Happens Next?”

Kedar’s visit will take place only 10 days after the Jan.
22 Israeli elections, while negotiations to form a new governing coalition will
most likely still be proceeding.  This proximity provides us with an
opportunity to hear an expert’s real-time analysis of the election’s results and their


Fleetwood Synagogue Youth Program

We are delighted to announce that beginning in September Fleetwood Synagogue will be introducing, for the first time in many years, a formal youth program.  The increasing number of children coming to shul regularly on Shabbos has made this a very welcome and exciting new priority for our community, and we look forward to setting the foundations of a robust and meaningful program that will surely grow and flower in the years to come.

We are so gratified that our very own Noa Salzberg, who in her two years in Fleetwood already has a track record of planning and executing fun and meaningful activities for our youngsters, has agreed to take the position of Youth Leader for the coming year.  She will coordinate and lead two groups each Shabbat morning, one for pre-school-age children and one for younger elementary-school-age children.  For the latter, we are very pleased to have also hired Andrea Weiner, who of course has such a warm and close relationship with so many of our kids, to assist Noa with the management of the group.  We are grateful to Noa and Andrea for agreeing to take on these very important roles in our shul.

The Shabbat morning groups will begin Sept. 1, and will run weekly through June 22, 2013, with the exception of Chol Ha-Mo`ed Sukkot, Chol Ha-Mo`ed Pesach, and Thanksgiving weekend.  The older group, for grades 1-5, will meet at 10:15am, and the pre-school group will meet at 11:00am.

The various Sunday pre-holiday children’s programs that we have always held several times during the course of the year will continue as before, and we thank the Sisterhood for their continued willingness to coordinate those events.
We thank Dr. Eugene Dinkevich and Mrs. Etti Hen, esteemed members of the shul and parents themselves, for agreeing to serve, together with the Rabbi and in consultation with the lay leadership, as the shul’s Youth Committee.  Although all parents were consulted regarding the vision and goals of our youth programming, this committee has been more closely involved in adopting the plans that we have put in place, and will be charged with overseeing and evaluating the success and progress of the program during the course of the year.  We ask anyone who has any ideas or comments about the program to please communicate them to a member of the Youth Committee, which will serve as a liaison between the membership and the youth leaders.

During the coming months the Youth Committee will also be working on devising programming for some of our older children who have grown beyond Shabbat morning groups, and we welcome any suggestions or input that anyone may have regarding this.

In addition, Brenda Davis will be returning in September to provide childcare services each Shabbat from 9:30-11:30am.

We all owe a very special thank-you to Drs. Rob, Rachel, Richard, and Eve Sidlow, who have jump-started this project with a significant financial contribution that will help subvent youth programming over the next several years.  Even with that initial foundation, much gratitude is due to the Finance Committee and to the Board of Trustees, who worked very hard to devise a budget which allowed for adding this new ongoing operating expense, and we thank them on behalf of the entire community for their wisdom, creativity, and devotion to our spiritual needs.

We imagine that Fleetwood parents along with the rest of the shul membership are as excited as we are about these developments, which signify the burgeoning vitality and energy of our community.  We trust that you are as determined as we are to build a successful youth program, and look forward to partnering with you in adding a whole new dimension to our collective shul experience.

ברוך שהחיינו וקיימנו והגיענו לזמן הזה
Barukh sh-hecheyyanu ve-kiyyemanu ve-higi`anu la-zeman ha`zeh.

–Rabbi Gedalyah BergerB”H

August 2012
Dear Friends,
It is our pleasure to be appointed Fleetwood Synagogue’s new Youth Coordinators.  Thank G-d, Fleetwood has seen a boom in the number of children coming through its
doors (thirty children age birth to high school!), making this a very exciting time in our shul’s history. Because of this, formal Shabbat programming is being reinstituted for the
children to build upon the Jewish identity that is fostered in their homes and schools.
We will be dividing the children into two separate age groups, allowing for the experience to be tailored to each group’s needs. The first group will be for the children
in elementary school, while the other will be for those children in pre-school and kindergarten.
With the older children, we will first conduct a formal tefillah, followed by an activity,
game or discussion with a focus on the week’s parsha or upcoming yom tov. We will begin at 10:15 am so this group will have enough time to be involved with the end of
Mussaf upstairs with the rest of the congregation. The younger children will meet at 11:00 am for their own special davening, activities,
stories and songs, about the yamim tovim/parshiot. Imas and Abbas are welcome to join us!
The groups will be starting, ..”., on September 1, ……… ….
We are looking forward to a fun and exciting year of Shabbatot with your children.

Noa and Andrea

Shavuot Learning Program

Tikkun Leil Shavu`ot – Saturday night

11:45pm – Once Upon a Mountain: Shavuot and Transcending Time – Meira Rubin
12:45am – If Ruth were Pregnant: Some Fundamentals of the Conversion Ritual Part 1 – Rabbi Berger
1:45am – TBA
2:45am – Is “Berakhah Le-vattalah” an Oxymoron? – Sarah Steinberg
3:45am – If Ruth were Pregnant: Some Fundamentals of the Conversion Ritual Part 2 – Rabbi Berger
4:30am – Odeh la-Kel
4:45am – Shacharit

First day of Yom Tov – Sunday

7:15pm – The Strange Roots of King David’s Legitimacy: Ruth, Boaz and the Mitzvah of Yibum – Meira Rubin
8:20pm – Rabbi Berger’s regularly scheduled shiur between Minchah and Maariv

Second day of Yom Tov – Monday

After kiddush (approx. 12:30pm) – What Robert Frost Didn’t Know about Shavuot: Appreciating an Agrarian Holiday in non-Agrarian Society – Sarah Steinberg
8:20pm – Rabbi Berger’s regularly scheduled shiur between Minchah and Maariv