The Yorktown Jewish Center was founded in 1952 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.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Founded more than 60 years ago, the Yorktown Jewish Center is a traditional, egalitarian synagogue that offers a spiritual home for Jewish families and individuals from every background.
Regardless of one’s past Jewish experience, the YJC is a warm and welcoming place where each individual can build new friendships and long-term relationships within a Jewish context.
We promote worship, spiritual growth, personal exploration, a deepening of knowledge, and mutual support within our own community, and across the broader Jewish communities of Northern Westchester and Putnam.
We engage in social action activities beyond the boundaries of the Jewish communities, for the benefit of the less fortunate, to set an example of what the Jewish people, who live and act in accordance with our obligations under the Torah, can mean to the world.
And finally, wherever we stand, we stand with Israel.
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.
Roseann (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!
STACY MITGANG, CO-PRESIDENT
RICHARD ELKIND, CO-PRESIDENT