The Yorktown Jewish Center was founded in 1962 by a group of Yorktown residents who were seeking to build a Jewish community not only for themselves and their children, but for those who would move to the Lower Hudson Valley in the future. They hired a young man, Rabbi Stanley Urbas just out of the the Jewish Theological Seminary. Rabbi Urbas remained as our spiritual leader until his retirement in 2006. Today, he remains a vital part of our fabric as Rabbi Emeritus.
RABBI SETH J. STERNSTEIN
Rabbi Seth Sternstein has been the rabbi of the Yorktown Jewish Center since 2006. Born and raised in Yonkers, he received his bachelors’ degree from Baruch College, and an MBA from Iona College. He earned a master’s degree and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York. While studying for Rabbinic ordination, he served as cantor of the Westchester Jewish Center in Mamaroneck, New York.
Before coming to the YJC, he was rabbi of the Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation, and subsequently, Kings Park Jewish Center- both on Long Island. Rabbi Sternstein is the current president of the Westchester County Board of Rabbis. He is a member of Kol Rinah- Westchester's Jewish Choral group, and enjoys walking the Hudson River Walkway. He is married to Marsha, and is the father of Ezra (and Jessica), and Daniel.
ROSANNE DEVINE - ADMINISRATIVE MANAGER
Rosanne (a.k.a "Roe") has been the administrative engine for the Yorktown Jewish Center for over 25 years. Her energy, smile and disposition keeps the YJC gears running smoothly and consistently!
MIKE BUSMAN - PRESIDENT
Our current president, Mike Busman, has the distinction of also being our longest serving member – with nearly 60 years as a congregant. As a child moving to Yorktown from the Bronx, Mike’s grandparents and parents were early members of the new congregation, subsequently making lifelong commitments to being active members of this Jewish community. As YJC’s membership expanded across Northern Westchester and Putnam to include families seeking a warm and inviting Jewish experience in the conservative tradition, Mike remained active on our Board of Trustees.
A veteran executive with more than three decades in business, at IBM and Citigroup, Mike is now a writer and consultant. Having been a bar mitzvah at YJC, Mike and Bev’s two children also celebrated their b’nai mitzvah here, extending the family’s close link to the YJC family to four generations.
Assuming the role of president in February, 2015, Mike is committed to strengthening the personal relationships among the members of the YJC community, promoting efforts to enrich and deepen the Jewish experience of our members, and to building strong and more durable bridges linking the Jewish communities of Northern Westchester and Putnam.
He believes that, “our founding families ensured that there would be a Jewish home for those who would move to this area, even though they didn’t know who’d be coming here. We can do no less.”