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Croton Jewish Center is a Conservative, egalitarian congregation. Our members are committed to the ideals of chesed (loving kindness), diversity, fellowship, and the values of Jewish life.

Our members are our most cherished resource.  We strive to create a traditionally genuine but unstuffy atmosphere so that all Jews  whether from highly traditional upbringing or no Jewish background at all  feel comfortable, valued, and inspired to learn and worship.

Directions to the CJC!

How to find the Croton Jewish Center at 52 Scenic Drive, Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

  • Saw Mill River Parkway to Exit 26 (Taconic Parkway) Take 2nd right on exit (Rte. 9A/100). Follow Rte. 9A for 9 1/2 miles to Montrose-Buchanan Exit.  At light make a right turn. Go 2/10th mile to Furnace Dock Road (Watergate Motel, on left) and make left turn. Go 1/4 mile to right turn onto Scenic Drive. Follow Scenic Drive 1/4 mile to Croton Jewish Center on right. You may need to park on road at entrance of drive way as there may be limited parking in main lot.
    Sprain Brook Parkway - Becomes Taconic Parkway.
      Take the 2nd exit on Right (Rte. 9A/100) and follow Route 9A as above.

  • Route 9-9A South to Montrose Exit. Turn left at light, and go 1/4 mile to Furnace Dock Road (Watergate Motel, on left). Make left turn and go 1/4 mile to Scenic Drive.


    Turn right onto Scenic Drive and follow it 1/4 mile to Croton Jewish Center on right. You may need to park on road at entrance, as there may be limited parking in the main lot.

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CJC Officers


Rabbi David Bockman


Aaron Gershowitz

Vice Presidents

Shelley Avellino

Seth Rowland


Babette Rubin


Sue Bernstein


Seth Rowland


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The Parsha by Rabbi Bockmand

The Torah portion is Hukkat; in this third triennial year, we will  read Num 20:22 - 22:1

The torah reading begins with the death of Aaron atop Hor ha-Har,  after a ceremony transferring the priestly role from Aaron to his son  Elazar. When Aaron dies, the entire community mourns 30 days. This is  the origin of our shloshim (meaning "30" days) period of mourning for  relatives other than one's parents (including great leaders and  teachers).

The reading continues with the Israelites whooping the enemies who  attacked them at a place called "Hormah" (= "wipeout") and a story  about the Israelites dying from burning snake bites. As an antidote,  God instructs Moses to fashion a bronze (or copper) snake and set it  atop a pole. When the people look at it, their wounds would heal  (rabbinic spoiler alert: they were looking up *past* the 'idol'  towards heaven, the true source of the cure - even though the statue  in later generations becomes the subject of idolatrous worship).

Following are some very short and obscure references to battles the  Israelites fought and won that are listed in a different book, "the  Book of the Wars of the Lord," subsequent to which the Israelites  arrive at the edge of the precipice.

Finally, we read of a skirmish between the Israelites and their  enemies' kings, Sichon  and Og, who will reappear soon.

Amazingly realistic, these stories of the struggles of desert life  include poetry, sculpture, warcraft, eulogizing, ritual: in other  words, the vicissitudes of living a challenging life in the harsh  desert brings art and craft, even poetry and song, to the people who  must struggle through it somehow.

Maybe those of us who are struggling in these difficult times can  take heart from the examples of long-ago and learn to sing, as well.  Then the struggles may have a beneficial or ennobling effect on  others, even though for us they might just seem to be difficult. WE  owe it to ourselves to at least try.

Shabbat shalom

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