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klugman_copyOn Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at 9:00 am, Westchester Reform Temple (WRT) will hold a free lecture titled, “What’s Jewish about Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer? Stay Informed for Yourself and Your Family.” The program will feature guest speakers Dr. Susan Klugman, Director of Clinical Services and Community Outreach for the Program for Jewish Genetic Health of Yeshiva University, and Rochelle L. Shoretz, Founder and Executive Director, Sharsheret.

Breast cancer affects 1 in 9 women in their lifetime and ovarian cancer affects 1 in 70. Approximately 10 percent of these cancers have a hereditary component. Scarsdale's Dr. Klugman will discuss the mutations in the specific genes and the increased risks for women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. Ms. Shoretz will discuss the unique issues of Jewish women at risk of developing or diagnosed with breast cancer and the culturally-relevant support programs Sharsheret has developed to meet their needs.

This free, educational program is open to the community and co-sponsored by WRT’s Caring Community, Sharsheret and Yeshiva University’s Program for Jewish Genetic Health. A light breakfast with cancer-fighting foods will be served. Dr. Klugman is the Director of Reproductive Genetics at Montefiore Medical Center and Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She received her bachelor of science degree with honors from Cornell University and her medical degree from New York University, before completing residencies in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medical Genetics at Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center. In 1993, she founded the Larchmont Women’s Center, a faculty practice office.

Ms. Shoretz, a two-time breast cancer survivor, founded Sharsheret to connect young Jewish women fighting breast cancer following her own diagnosis at age 28. She is a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women. A Centennial Scholar graduate of Barnard College and a Kent Scholar graduate of Columbia Law School, Ms. Shoretz served as a law clerk in 1999 to United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

RSVP is requested, but not required, to Westchester Reform Temple is located at 255 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale, NY.



pcf2Pediatric Cancer Foundation held its 41st opening fall luncheon on Wednesday, October 5 at Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor. Over 350 people were in attendance at the event which was sponsored by Neiman Marcus Westchester.

Pediatric cancer survivor Julie Goodfriend, spoke eloquently about her cancer journey and all the angels who helped her along the way. Pediatric Cancer Foundation Luncheon Chairs, Bonnie Boilen, Dana Hokin, Jackie Kabot, Wendy Schimel, Denise Warshauer, and advisor, Susan Cohen, remark “Our Luncheon had a brilliant and successful life of its own. We thank our guest speaker, committee members, attendees and Neiman Marcus Westchester for their commitment to us in our mission to …hold the hand of a child. ”

Pediatric Cancer Foundation (PCF) is a non-profit charity whose mission is to find a cure for childhood cancer. They raise money for research, treatment, state of the art equipment and instruments and parent/patient care and support doctors at five leading tri-state hospitals including: New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center; Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center; Stephen D. Hassenfeld Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at NYU Langone Medical Center; The Steven and Alexandra Children’s Medical Center of New York; and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center

Cheryl Rosen of Scarsdale, President of PCF


To find out more about Pediatric Cancer Foundation, call Executive Director, Nancy Joselson at: 914-777-3127 or visit

Pictured at top: Jennifer Stone, PCF Board member and Shari Phillips, PCF Board Members from Scarsdale

SBNCAdminYou can help to maintain the excellent Scarsdale schools by becoming a candidate for the Scarsdale School Board Nominating Committee this year. The School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) is the group that identifies, proposes and nominates qualified candidates to run for the Scarsdale Board of Education. The SBNC includes 30 voting members representing each of the five elementary school neighborhoods. Each year ten new members are elected to serve a three-year term on the SBNC.

“The goal of the Administrative Committee of the SBNC is to present a solid slate of candidates for the SBNC election held on January 17, 2012,” said Michael Pollack and Nan Berke, Co-chairs of the SBNC Administrative Committee, the group that organizes the election. “Our charge is to present a full slate of candidates. That means for every open seat on the SBNC, we need two candidates. In all, this year we need 20 people from the community to run.“

To become a candidate, complete a biographical form and submit it, with a candidate petition with ten signatures, by November 21, 2011 to the SBNC Administrative Committee, P.O. Box H 172, Scarsdale, NY 10583. These forms can be downloaded from and are also available at the Scarsdale Library and Village Hall.

If you are interested in becoming a candidate or have questions, go to the SBNC’s website at . Also, feel free to contact the SBNC Administrative Committee Co-chairs: Nan Berke at or Michael Pollack at

Service on the SBNC is a good way to serve your community. Please become a candidate.

Pictured Above: Jyoti Ruta -Chair of the SBNC, Michael Pollack and Nan Berke, Co-chairs of the Administrative Committee of the SBNC.




kids_copyProject Eye to Eye is a national not-for-profit mentoring program that has been changing the lives of children and young adults across the United States. The newly-formed Scarsdale chapter of Project Eye to Eye (PETE) will pair Scarsdale High School students with language-based learning disabilities and / or ADHD with Scarsdale students in fifth through seventh grades with similar challenges.

Once a week, a group of 13 mentors will work with 13 mentees and using a fun art-based curriculum will help these children to discover and use their individual strengths, value their own unique minds, and speak up for what they need to succeed in the classroom.

The Scarsdale program will be lead by SHS juniors Emma Colbran and Zach Galst who are seeking to create a supportive environment and build student confidence and self esteem. Colbran says, "Overcoming learning disabilities requires self-advocacy and a determination to achieve. It is important to accept, recognize and seek out necessary accommodations." Galst added, "Often kids with LD feel they aren't smart enough. They don't understand why they can't keep up academically with their peer group. The high school mentor group is not so much older than the middle school students and this makes it easier to make connections to other kids similarly affected by LD. The PETE program is a chance to make a huge difference in kid's lives."

The program is seeking students in 5th through 7th grades to be paired with high school mentors. To learn more about Project Eye to Eye -- visit: For questions about the Scarsdale chapter, email or Space is limited to 13 participants.

  • For: Boys and Girls; 5th - 7th Grade with Language based learning disabilities and / or ADHD
  • Dates: October 23 -- March 25 (Class will not be held holiday weekends)
  • Time: Sundays from 10:00 a.m. - 11 :30 a.m.
  • Where: Betty Taubert Girl Scout House, 37 Wayside Lane, Scarsdale
  • Fee: None
  • Coordinators: Emma Colbran and Zach Galst --SHS Class 2013


JCCWalkMore Good Work: On Sunday, October 16, 2011 Team JCC of Mid-Westchester participated in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Westchester Walk. The 19 member team raised nearly $1000.


hall2010grandprizeMake this Halloween more meaningful for your kids by participating in a charitable drive sponsored by the Scarsdale Police and P.B.A. Police are asking residents to take the money kids may have used to buy toilet paper, shaving cream and silly string and use it to purchase toiletries for victims of domestic abuse at My Sister’s Place in White Plains.

Scarsdale Police Chief John Brogan shared the thinking behind the effort with Scarsdale10583. He told us that after a particularly destructive Halloween in 2005, Scarsdale Police met with representatives from the schools to see how they could ensure kids safety in the future. They agreed to step up police presence on Halloween and take a zero tolerance policy toward those who exhibit disorderly conduct and unruly behavior. In addition, police went to the schools beforehand to talk to kids about the potential risks of destructive behavior on Halloween.

On a positive note, they also decided to organize a charitable drive to help My Sister’s Place and this tradition continues this year.

My Sister’s Place has requested the following:

  • Toiletries
  • New blankets for adults and children
  • New large towels for showers and baths
  • New or slightly used large and extra large duffel bags
  • New twin sheet sets
  • Blankets and comforters in bright colors
  • Packages of diapers in all sizes
  • Baby wipes
  • New or gently used children’s and infant clothing

These items can be dropped off from now until November 4th at the Scarsdale Police Trailer at Post and Fenimore Roads. Police expect to move into the new Public Safety Building in the next few weeks – so if the trailer is dark, please leave your items in the lobby of the new Public Safety Building, also at Post and Fenimore Roads.



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