Breaking Ground | October 8, 2015

A Major Event for the River Towns and the Jewish Community

It was a wonderful sunny day that brought dignitaries, children, donors, and community members together to celebrate a joyous milestone on the road to opening a new, full service community center at the crossroads of the River Towns and the gateway to Westchester.


It was our pleasure to introduce the future home of the 



Our Early Childhood Program Students sang a song about digging and building.

More than 100 guests celebrated The JCC Groundbreaking, kicking off the anticipated 17 month construction of our New JCC. MC’d By former JCC Chair, Susan Tolchin, a contingent of honored guests led by State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, County Executive Rob Astorino, Tarrytown Mayor Drew Fixell, and Linda Mirels, Chair of UJA-Federation of New York, we witnessed the re-naming of the JCC as the Harold and Elaine Shames JCC on the Hudson. Mr. Shames shared his long history and commitment
to the JCC and his desire to provide a community center that will serve for generations to come. JCC Chair Michael Maron expressed his thanks to the JCC’s Board and staff
and the 290 donors who made the day possible.

Michael Maron, JCC Board Chair                    Harold Shames, Lead Donor

Many thanks to the people represent our communities and celebrated with us.

Linda Mirels, Chair, UJA Federation of New York                NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins

Westchester County Executive Rob Asterino                  Tarrytown Mayer Drew Fixell

(L to R) Frank Hassid, Linda Mirels, Drew Fixell, Mary Jane Shimsky, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Elaine Shames, Harold Shames, Michael Maron, Rob Astorino, Paul Finer, Thomas Abinante

(L) Mishkan Ha'am Preident Peter Shafran and Westchester County Legislator Mary Jane Shimsky
(R) JCC Board Members Brad Schwartz, Michael Maron, Peter Boritz

(L to R) Rabbi David Holtz, Alisa Kurshan, Herb Baer, Bernie Kimberg, Elaine Shames, Harold Shames, Michael Maron, Frank Hassid, Alan Raboy, Richard Spitz, Alan Trager, Elliot Forchheimer, Linda Mirels, Peter Shafran

(L to R) Alisa Kurshan, Frank Hassid, Alan Raboy, Richard Spitz, Linda Mirels, Alan Treger, Elliot Forchheimer

Elaine and Harold Shames              Susan Tolchin

Many thanks to the Event Committee
Susan Tolchin, Donna Fleming, Sherri Heller,
Lori Robertson and Lisa Feinman


JCC Board Members (L to R) Brad Schwartz, Peter Boritz, Susan Tolchin, Elaine Shames, Harold Shames, Frank Hassid, Michael Maron, Alan Halpern, Joyce Maron, Nancy Lonky, and Lisa Cohen

Special thanks to May Burnett for creating our commemorative shovels
and Sam's Club of Elmsford for donating the refreshments.


JCC Staff Members (L to R) Frank Hassid, Nick Sheridan, Lori Robertson, Colleen Malone, Jose Moctezuma, Lisa Feinman, Felicia Ash, Melissa Baer, Christine Thompson, Toby Linder, Christopher Selenow, Anthony Blanco, Brian Thompson




Want to be part of the action?
There is still much to do to before we will be ready to open our doors. 

Join a Strategic Visioning Task Force Workgroup: We are working out best practices and policies for everything - programming, H.R., I.T., Marketing, and more.

Join over 290 donors in supporting our efforts with a contribution to our Capital Campaign.

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