ABOUT US

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 Sternstein intently focused as he prepares his Shabbat sermon.

Rabbi Sternstein intently focused as he prepares his Shabbat sermon.

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.

Rabbi Sternstein showing his lighter side as Mordecai in our last Purimspiel.

Rabbi Sternstein showing his lighter side as Mordecai in our last Purimspiel.

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 DEVINE
Administrative Manager

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!

MIKE BUSMAN
President

Mike on the occasion of his installation as President of the YJC in February 2015

Mike on the occasion of his installation as President of the YJC in February 2015

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.”