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Bi-Weekly Timely Topic Presentations followed by Lunch at CSR!
Mondays & Thursdays at 11:00 AM

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SAJE, Senior Activities in a Jewish Environment, is a unique opportunity for those in our community who are retired or who work part-time to participate in social and educational daytime activities.  The group meets Mondays and Thursdays at 11:00 AM and includes lunch after the program.  


Join us at CSR or on Zoom from September through June.  You are always welcome to bring a friend.  We look forward to seeing you!  Contact Brenda Wilkin for more information.  


SAJE is:

  • A Welcoming Program for Local Seniors

  • An Occasion To Hear Informed Speakers 

  • A Place To Enjoy Cultural Presentations

  • A Place To Learn Jewish Teaching and Ethics 

  • An Opportunity To Join Museum Tours With Friends

  • A Chance To Dine Around Family Style  

  • An Opportunity to Network with Your Friends and Neighbors  

Come and Join Us!


SAJE was founded in 2005 at Community Synagogue of Rye as a way for seniors ages 60 and above to enrich their participation in synagogue life.  SAJE has something for every member of CSR with topics ranging from travel, music, memoir writing, medicine, Israel, Jewish enrichment, world affairs, local government, book reviews, and much more.  All CSR members and non-members are welcome to attend SAJE programs and bring a friend. 


Do you have an area of expertise or hobby?   Have you taken a trip or read a book you’d like to share with SAJE? ​ SAJE encourages all CSR members and friends to be involved. If you are interested in participating to share a skill or interest, please reach out to Brenda Wilkin, SAJE Coordinator. 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, February 26 – Helene & Marty Krauss

Book Club: Stockholm by Noa Yedlin

Stockholm is an ingeniously plotted dark comedy by Noa Yedlin, “a master at tone,” (Kirkus, Starred Review) about aging and friendship following a tight-knit circle of seniors as they attempt to hide the death of one of their best friends so he can win the Nobel Prize for Economics. Packed into a drama-filled week, bristling with insight and dark humor, Stockholm offers a refreshingly honest consideration of the age when we begin to measure the sum of our lives. Available in the Westchester Libraries and Greenwich Library. The discussion will be moderated by CSR members Marty and Helene Kraus.

Thursday, February 29 – Lloyd Mallah 

CSR member Lloyd Mallah is a real estate finance professional with a passion for meteorology. In 2020, he completed Penn State University’s Certificate in Weather Forecasting Program. The program helped him create a formal framework for how to forecast the weather and allowed him to further pursue his passion for weather. His topic will be "Weather or Not? Debunking Common Myths About the Weather".

  • An in-depth look at some common misconceptions about weather and forecasting

  • An overview of our current winter weather pattern

Monday, March 4 – Jessica Flores

The Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter provides educational programs to the community. Jessica Flores, Hudson Valley Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, will give an overview of the chapter programs and services.


Alzheimer’s is not normal aging; it’s a brain disease that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Learn about the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, the impact of Alzheimer’s, Alzheimer’s disease stages, risk factors, research, treatments available to address some symptoms and Alzheimer’s Association resources.


Thursday, March 7 – Steve Otis, NYS Assemblyman

NYS Assemblyman Steve Otis will bring us updates from Albany. He will offer information on the Waterworks Project for Rye, Rye Brook and Westchester Airport.


Monday, March 11 – David C. Leven

David Leven is the Executive Director Emeritus and Senior Consultant, End of Life Choices New York. He is a leading advocate for patients, and an expert on advance care planning, patient rights, palliative care and end-of-life issues, including medical aid in dying. He has played a key role in having legislation introduced and enacted in New York to improve pain, palliative and end-of-life care, including the Palliative Care Information Act. A graduate of the University of Rochester and Syracuse University College of Law, David lectures frequently to diverse health and legal professional groups, students, the general public, and seniors.


Thursday, March 14 – Greenwich Historical Society Tour & Lunch

47 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT

Join a special docent-led tour of the Greenwich Historical Society Permanent Gallery and an in-depth tour of the special exhibit, LIFE: Six Women Photographers. Lunch will be served in the Café directly after the tour.

Exhibitions in the Permanent Collections Gallery include The Cos Cob Art Colony; Highlights of Greenwich History timeline; Treasures from the Collections; and the short film “Our Place in History.” The special exhibit, LIFE: Six Women Photographers, features the work of six prominent women photographers whose iconic work for LIFE magazine helped create modern photojournalism. Lunch will be served after the tour. The cost will be $10 per person. Please make check payable to Community Synagogue of Rye.


RSVP to: We will meet at the Museum at 11:00 am.

Monday, March 18 – Rabbi Daniel Gropper

Returning from his most recent mission to Israel, Rabbi Gropper will bring us updates from Israel. He will provide first-hand information on the current state of Israel and their needs since October 7.


Thursday, March 21 – Dr. Eric Byrne

Dr. Eric Byrne, Superintendent of The Rye City School District, will once again join us. Topics for discussion include the school budget as well as school programs in the Rye Community.


Monday, March 25 – Purim Celebration with Cantor Cooperman

SAJE Annual Purim Parade of Hats

Join us for another hour of fun with Cantor Cooperman as we meet in person, or via Zoom, donning a hat, or many hats. In addition, learn about Purim and the origins of this one-of-a-kind Jewish holiday. Everyone’s welcome whether you wish to observe the parade or just share hamantaschen with friends.


Thursday, March 28 – Barb Tankel

Book Club: Hotel Cuba by Aaron Hamburger

Fleeing the chaos of World War I and the terror of the Soviet Revolution, practical, sensible Pearl Kahn and her lovestruck, impulsive younger sibling Frieda sail for America to join their sister in New York. But discriminatory new immigration laws bar their entry, and the young women are turned back at Ellis Island. With few options, Pearl and Frieda head for Havana, Cuba, convinced they will find a way to overcome this setback.

At first, life in big-city Prohibition-era Havana is overwhelming, like nothing Pearl and Frieda have ever experienced—or could have ever imagined in the rural shtetl where they grew up. As the sisters begin to adjust, their plans for going to America together become complicated. Frieda falls for the not-so-dreamy man of her dreams while Pearl’s life opens up unexpectedly, offering her a taste of freedom and heady romance, and an opportunity to build a future on her own terms. Though to do so, she must confront her past and the shame she has long carried.

A heartbreaking, epic family story, Hotel Cuba explores the profound courage of two women displaced from their home who strive to create a new future in an enticing and dangerous world far different from anything they have ever known.

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