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Celebrating new beginnings

children holding havdallah candles to illuminate the end of Yom Kippur

Celebrating new beginnings

Aug 06, 2018

Welcome to KTI's new website! Our goal is to make it easier to navigate and interact with than our previous site. There are many new beginnings to celebrate at KTI right now.

Rabbi Ben Goldberg joined the congregation this summer and brings with him a  fresh perspective, a background in pastoral care, and a great deal of passion for our community. This is Rabbi Goldberg’s first full-time pulpit, and he is excited to serve the Port Chester/Rye Brook and larger community. “I’m thrilled to become the rabbi of KTI. Already, I am impressed by the warmth, dedication, and proud legacy of this community. I look forward to getting to know everyone at the synagogue and beyond as we move forward together.”

Our Religious School Director, Cantor Alexis Sklar, has helped us spruce up the religious school and make some needed changes. Beyond some of the cosmetic things you might see, we will welcome three new, but highly experienced, teachers this year.  Elaine Atzmon will teach our Gimel/3rd-Grade class but has taught all ages and even completed her education in Israel. David Glukh will focus on our Hei/5th-grade class and has skills in music and teaching (as well as having lived in Israel) so he will thrive with this age group. Finally, Bonnie Stern joins us to teach the Vav/6th-grade and Zayin/7th-grade classes. Bonnie has over 20 years of teaching experience at both secular and Religious schools. We welcome these three teachers to the KTI family and look forward to all they have to teach ALL of us!

Finally, the High Holidays are on the way! This year has seen us through a lot of changes and we are working to make the holidays meaningful for everyone. Throughout the holidays, you will likely see some new additions and enjoy some old traditions. Feel free to give us feedback so we can continue to make these services meaningful to you. Look for Board Trustees throughout the sanctuary (they should be wearing name badges)--many ushering and helping to run the services.

Remember that, at KTI, everyone is welcome to participate as our congregation ushers in a new beginning. Plan to join us for the final shofar blast at our N'eila service where the congregation's children lead us into the end of Yom Kippur with a fabulous show of light and love. Then, the congregation--EVERYONE--is invited to bring their own shofar to sound the end of the holiday and the start of the new year!