Calendar of Events

Alexander Rutsch Film Screening @ Pelham Art Center
Feb 26 @ 7:00 PM
Alexander Rutsch Film Screening @ Pelham Art Center |  |  |

Learn about the life and art of Alexander Rutsch at a gallery screening of “The Inner Eye of Alexander Rutsch,” produced by IBM and directed by Roger Seiler.

Members of the Rutsch family will be present to discuss the film and the Alexander Rutsch Award Program, the bi-annual open, juried competition and exhibition at Pelham Art Center.

This event is presented as part of the Pelham Art Center’s 50th anniversary historical exhibition “Pelham Art Center: 50 Years”

Free & Open to the Public
Suggested Donation to Pelham Art Center

Jewish Response to Immigration @ Westchester Jewish Center
Mar 1 all-day
Jewish Response to Immigration @ Westchester Jewish Center |  |  |

In observance of Community Day, Westchester Jewish Center is holding an opportunity to introduce the community to the immigration and refugee crisis occurring around us here in Larchmont/Mamaroneck, and across the country on Sunday, March 1st at 10:30 am.

The panel will include:

Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz; Janna Diamond, Grassroots Campaigns Officer, HIAS, a Jewish organization supporting immigrants: on the history of immigration in the U.S. and the role of the Holocaust in current policy; Marti Michael, volunteer: on working with Arizona Jews for Justice at the border, her work with the Overground Railroad in Columbus Ohio, resupplying travelers and helping them navigate the bus system, and most recently her work in Matamoros, Mexico cooking and serving dinner, helping with the sidewalk school, and supplying the 1,000+ asylum seekers stuck in Mexico due to the new MPP policy; Stephanie L. Ramos and Janet Rolon from Community Resource Center in Mamaroneck, a 501 (c)(3) community-based organization founded in 1998 to promote the cultural, economic, educational and professional integration of immigrants to the already established larger community and to advocate for those in need. They aim to provide the tools to prepare new immigrant families to become self-sufficient and active members of the community. In addition, a newly arrived immigrant will tell their story.

Please bring a winter scarf to help immigrants living in our area. The program will continue with Community Day at 12pm where we will be making a pasta meal, sandwiches, preparing soup in a jar and baking and decorating cookies for Hope Community Services of New Rochelle.

We welcome members of all ages to help our Neighbors in Need! Westchester Jewish Center is located at Palmer Avenue and Rockland Avenue in Mamaroneck. Please bring an ID to get into the building.

Caring For Your 50+ Face – Fact & Fiction @ St. John's Episcopal Church
Mar 3 all-day
Caring For Your 50+ Face -  Fact & Fiction @ St. John's Episcopal Church  |  |  |

From creams and serums that you can purchase at your local pharmacy to fillers & Botox — Larchmont dermatologist Dr. Cynthia Yalowitz, MD, FAAD, will provide advice, answer all your questions and offer the latest on a range of options depending on what are your personal goals. This special event presented by The Center for Continuing Ed. and is part of the WIT series, Women, Ideas, Transition. $30 Register at or call The Center at 914.698.9126

Author Talk on Resilience, Mental Health & Creativity with TEDx Speaker Amy Oestreicher @ Mercy College
Mar 3 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Author Talk on Resilience, Mental Health & Creativity with TEDx Speaker Amy Oestreicher @ Mercy College |  |  |

Having been affected by both visible and invisible disabilities, Amy is committed to providing hope, help and wellness resources for students to develop leadership skills, and create inclusive campus communities which empower students.

As a survivor—and ‘thriver’—of sexual abuse, 28 surgeries, coma, organ failure, six years unable to eat or drink, and the PTSD that comes from a decade of trauma, starting from her senior year of high school, Amy discovered sources of resilience she didn’t know she had but it turns out we all possess.

In her recently published memoir, “My Beautiful Detour: An Unthinkable Journey from Gutless to Grateful,” she shares the story of her beautiful detour, empowering others to find gratitude in every setback and discover their own infinite inner strength. Amy’s journey is ultimately a celebration of ordinary and extraordinary challenges and miracles.

Doctors called Amy a “surgical disaster,” but after twenty-eight operations and seven years without a drop of liquid or morsel of food, Amy’s digestive system was miraculously reconstructed and she began healing from her visible and invisible traumas. Amy will share hard-won insight on the restorative power of creativity to forge a roadmap where none existed.

Oestreicher is a PTSD specialist, mixed media artist, Audie Award-nominated author, global speaker for RAINN, award-winning actress, and playwright. As a survivor and “thriver” of multiple traumas including nearly 30 surgeries and assault, Amy eagerly shares the gifts of life’s “beautiful detours” in her educational programming, writing, mixed media art, performance and inspirational speaking. Amy has toured her autobiographical musical, Gutless & Grateful, to over 200 venues since 2012 as a mental health and sexual assault education program for colleges, conferences and organizations. She’s a NSVRC representative, member of the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military, and in-demand speaker on topics relating to mental health, sexual abuse, resilience, PTSD and women’s issues. Her full-length plays, which explore the impact on trauma on communities and transgenerational trauma, have been presented across the country, and her story been featured on CBS, NBC and at Cosmopolitan and Seventeen. She is a SheSource Expert, a top writer for Medium and Huffington Post, and a regular lifestyle, wellness, and arts contributor for over 70 notable online and print publications. She is founder of LoveMyDetour, a movement inspiring others to thrive not in spite of, but because of obstacles.

Learn more at, and watch Amy’s three TEDx Talks at

Open to the Mercy College community and to the general public. Book signing to follow.

Amy Oestreicher, PTSD Specialist: My Beautiful Detour

March 3, 2020

2:00 p.m.
Lecture Hall, Main Hall
Dobbs Ferry Campus

Domestic Violence: What is it? What can we do about it? Are we doing it? @ Nautilus Diner
Mar 10 @ 7:45 AM – 9:00 AM
Domestic Violence: What is it? What can we do about it? Are we doing it? @ Nautilus Diner |  |  |

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: What is it? What can we do about it? Are we doing it?

Four panelists will discuss what the definition of domestic violence is. They will also give insight to the dynamics at work in offenders and victims within this cycle including demographics, (breaking untrue assumptions), and responses (safe houses, counseling, legal responses, offender rehabilitation and prevention)

– Kym McNair, Director of Community Education and Organizing, My Sister’s Place
– Quentin Walcott, Co-Executive Director, CONNECT
– Lt. Sandy DiRuzza, Mamaroneck Village Law Enforcement
– Susan Carroll, Director of Training, Outreach and Education, Pace Women’s Justice Center

All are welcome. $9, breakfast

Maximize Your Social Security-The Center for Continuing Ed @ Mamaroneck High School
Mar 10 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Maximize Your Social Security-The Center for Continuing Ed @ Mamaroneck High School |  |  |

Prepare for your retirement and learn how to maximize your social security benefits. Learn to manage longevity risk and strategies to maximize the amount of money you receive throughout retirement. Topics include spousal benefits, the impact of divorce, death, delaying benefits, early retirement, and taxation. Registered students receive Myths and Facts about Social Security and Social Security: What Should You Do at Age 62.* Tuesday, March 10, 6:30pm-8pm. $25

Westchester Women’s Summit @ DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tarrytown
Mar 19 all-day
Westchester Women's Summit @ DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tarrytown |  |  |

A Day to Discover, Inspire, Empower & Grow

The Westchester Women’s Summit is an amazing event – a full-day program ­that brings together inspiring women to share their knowledge and life experience to spur positive change, and generate empowerment, self-discovery, growth, balance, and direction.

Keynote Speakers

Gretchen Carlson
Author & Empowerment Advocate


Susan Rice
National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama & U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

Signed copy of Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For by Susan Rice for all attendees!

The Making of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish @ Westchester Jewish Center
Mar 22 all-day
The Making of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish @ Westchester Jewish Center |  |  |

On Sunday, March 22nd, at 10 am, Motl Didner, the Associate Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, will trace traces the history of “Fiddler on the Roof,” the landmark production from the roots of Yiddish theater at Westchester Jewish Center in Mamaroneck, New York. The multiple award-winning revival just closed a historic 18-month run in New York City and will shortly begin touring the US and internationally. He will also discuss the development of the American Broadway Musical, earlier dramatic adaptations of the Tevye stories by Sholem Aleichem, the unlikely success of the 1964 debut, and the even more unlikely Yiddish production in Israel in 1965, as well as give a sneak peek behind the curtain.

There will also be a special Appearance by Bruce Sabath, Yiddish “Fiddler on the Roof’s” Leyzer-Volf, performing “If I Were A Rich Man” on the piano.

Didner’s other directing credits include serving as co-director “The Golden Bride” (Drama Desk Award Nominated: Outstanding Revival of a Musical and Outstanding Direction of a Musical, “The Sorceress,” “Fyvush Finkel Live!” (Drama Desk Award-nominated: Outstanding Musical Revue), Robert Brustein’s “The King of Second Avenue,” “The Megile of Itzik Manger,” “The Pushcart Peddlers,” and “The Marriage Contract.” He was the Yiddish coach on “An American Pickle,” starring Seth Rogen, “The Immigrant” at George Street Playhouse, and New York City Opera’s “Angels in America.” Didner was also an inaugural Translation Fellow at the Yiddish Book Center and teaches Yiddish language classes and theater workshops at the Workers’ Circle.

Bagels and lox will be served, and there is no cost to attend this event.

Westchester Jewish Center is on the corner of Palmer and Rockland Avenues in Mamaroneck, New York. Please bring your ID to enter the building.