The Council sponsors programs and services that enhance Jewish life in our community. We help Synagogues create attractive Holiday celebrations and opportunities for adults and children to engage in Jewish study and education. The Council has provided scholarships that have enabled over 40 low-income neighborhood youngsters to attend Jewish high schools or study in Israel.
We sponsor communal Passover Seders so that even the neediest person will have a place to participate in this most important observance. Thousands of pounds of Passover food are distributed in the weeks before the Holiday and people with special needs are given every help to assure their observance of the Yom Tov.
The Council sponsors Community wide celebrations of Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day), observances of Yom Ha’Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and Festivals of Jewish Music and renowned speakers at important Jewish cultural events in Pelham Parkway.
Click here to see flyers from some of our annual Music Festivals ( COMING SOON)
Jean-David Levette, the French Ambassador to the United States and Congressman Joseph Crowley briefed a Pelham Parkway audience about world affairs and the Middle East peace process.
WORKING FOR OUR
COMMUNITY AND ITS PEOPLE
The Council created the Jewish High School Access Program to respond to the need to provide for the
Jewish education of low-income, marginally affiliated teens in the Bronx. There are no Jewish high schools in the Bronx and the typical school in nearby Queens, Manhattan or Westchester requires tuition that is simply beyond the reach of so many families. Some of the neighborhood youngsters we
have helped include:
“Mark”, a 15 year old boy who has lived with his grandparents since birth. The household income is so low that the grandparents receive Food Stamps. “Mark’s” grandparents try their best to give him every opportunity for a good life and “Mark” maintains a B+ average and works hard to excel. The Jewish High School Access Program makes it possible for “Mark” to receive a quality education in a nurturing Jewish environment.
“Ann” has attended a Yeshiva since pre-school. Her grades made it easy for her to gain admission to a Yeshiva high school but her single mother simply could not manage the tuition even after receiving the schools generous scholarship. When “Ann’s” mother asks the school for additional scholarship aid they reply “You are receiving the maximum amount we can give. Why not ask your community for help.” “Ann’s” mother turns to the Jewish Community Council of Pelham Parkway and our Jewish High School Access Program.