Open house Wednesday evening, November 6 at Greenburgh Hebrew Center to introduce “Risque & Risky Stuff in Judaism”

Published: Friday, October 25, 2013 By: Debbie Erdheim

Greenburgh Hebrew Center (GHC) is excited to announce its second year partnership with the Westchester Jewish Teen Learning Initiative (WJTLI). The GHC course for the fall/winter semester is “Risqué and Risky Stuff in Judaism” and will be taught by Simcha Willig, an instructor with the Jewish Student Connection. The program will be held at GHC on Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:15 pm on December 4,11 and 18 and January 8,15 and 22. (Another course, to be determined, will be held at GHC in the Spring.) A light bite will be provided to encourage socialization among the students and staff, including GHC’s new madrich (youth guide) this year, Jeremy Frutkin, who also teaches modern Jewish history in the GHC religious school and is also the Youth Director. This program is open to Jewish teens in grades 8 – 12. The cost is $500 for both semesters.

There will be an Open House on Wednesday November 6, 2013 at GHC from 6:30 – 8:00 pm for parents and teens to meet Simcha Willig. A light dinner will be served. For additional information, please contact Debbie Erdheim, Religious School Director, at

The course this fall/winter will address such questions as: What does Judaism say about premarital sex? Cheating on tests or in a relationship? Are drugs and alcohol permitted or prohibited? Why is there so much guilt in Judaism? Are Jews allowed to get tattoos?

Simcha Willig’s interests in Jewish education have brought him to the classroom and pulpit and travels in North America, Israel and South Africa. He is a Ph.D. student at NYU, researching the fields of education and Jewish studies.

WJTLI is coordinated by the Jewish Education Project with generous funding from UJA of New York and The Neshamot Fund (Westchester Women’s Venture Philanthropy Fund, UJA-Federation of New York).

GHC is a vibrant egalitarian Conservative synagogue serving the Rivertowns and adjacent communities, and has daily services that are spirited and participatory.  The membership is a friendly and welcoming community.