Jewish Women's Circle

Celebrate the summer spirit with a beautifully designed salad garden. Learn to display salads like a caterer while tasting creative recipes!

T he Jewish Women's Circle is a project which provides an opportunity for all women in the area to meet new friends, socialize and learn in an informal setting. Through innovative workshops, lectures, and creative activities we will explore contemporary Jewish issues and discuss subjects related to our tradition.  C elebrate the uniquely feminine destiny of the Jewish women and the decisive role we play in the ultimate purpose of creation.

Tu Be'Av:  “Jewish Holiday of Love and Connection”

An evening of Meaningful Discussion and Introspection


Thursday, July 29th, 2004 7:30 PM

5 Moorefield Circle, Highland Mills

For more info and RSVP,

please call Chana at 928-1701

Suggested Donation: $6




Kosher Gourmet Brunch & Open House

Meet the Burston Family, and discover what Chabad has to offer you and your family

Sunday, August 22, 2004, 11am - 2pm

At the Burston Home:  5 Moorefield Circle, Highland Mills, NY 10930



For more info and to RSVP, call 845-928-1701 or e-mail[email protected]

This is a social event, not a fundraiser

For directions click here



For photos click here.



Sunday, September 12, 7:30pm


Jewish Woman’s Circle Presents


Holiday Cooking Demonstration:

A Taste of Rosh Hashanah


  • Learn to create a Fabulous Rosh Hashanah Dinner 
  • Discover the mysticism behind traditional foods
  • Sample delicious recipes!
  • Enjoy meeting woman from throughout the county


Location:  5 Moorefield Circle, Highland Mills


For more info and to RSVP, please call Chana at 928-1701 or email[email protected]








High Holidays Services with Chabad








Rosh Hashanah


Wednesday, Sep. 15

Evening Services 7:00 pm


Thursday, Sep. 16

Morning Services 9:30 am

Shofar Blowing 11:30 am

Evening Services 7:00 pm


Friday, Sep. 17

Morning Services 9:30 am

Shofar Blowing 11:30 am


Yom Kippur


Friday, Sep. 24

Evening Services 6:45 pm


Saturday, Sep 25

Morning Services 9:30 am

Yizkor 11:30 am

Afternoon Services 6:00 pm



Followed by a Break-Fast!

·        No charge.  No membership fee – every Jew is a member regardless of religious background, affiliation or level of observance


·        No experience necessary!


·        Warm & welcoming environment


·        Spacious & Comfortable Ballroom


·        Kiddush-Buffet after all Rosh Hashanah services


·        Hebrew-English prayer books provided


·        Traditional services with contemporary messages


·        Special Children’s Services! 



All Services will be held at the

Hampton Inn

20 Crystal Run Crossing

Middletown, NY 10941


For more info please contact Rabbi Pesach & Chana Burston:

845-928-1701 § [email protected]

If you wish to stay at the hotel for the High Holidays,
please contact us for special rates.









Sunday, October 3rd

3:00 pm



Make your own pizza

Enjoy eating in the Sukkah hut

Special Lulav & Etrog Workshop

Lulav & Etrog Blessing!






Learn how to make your own

Lulav & Etrog sets!


At the Burston Sukkah

5 Moorefield Circle

Highland Mills


Highland Mills

Suggested donation: $7 per person, $18 per family


RSVP 928-1701


[email protected]








Jewish Women’s Circle Presents


The Mystique of

Marriage & Intimacy



An Evening Exploring the

Spiritual Aspect of Family Purity

and its Direct Influence on

Marital Love and Harmony

With Acclaimed International

Lecturer and Educator

Mrs. Esther Piekarski

From Israel


Monday, Oct. 4, 7:30pm

At the home of

Nadine Pulver

10 Castleton Drive, Highland Mills


Suggested Donation: $10


Delicious desserts will be served


For more information and to RSVP,please call Chana at 928-1701; or email [email protected]




Jewish Women’s Circle




Women’s Chanukah Celebration


Celebrate the miracle of the oil by learning the art of

Herbal Oil Blending and Bottling


  • Bring home a beautiful and fragrant herbal oil bottle.
  • Taste exotic latkes, Moroccan doughnuts, and other delicious Chanukah treats.
  • Illuminate the Festival of Lights with Chanukah insights.
  • Fabulous raffle & prizes!


Program and lecture by Chana Burston


Thursday, December 9th, at 7:30 pm


5 Moorefield Circle

Highland Mills

RSVP: 928-1701

[email protected]



Please join us on Sunday January 23, 2005,
3:00-5:00 PM
for a


Journey through the JCC's Tu b'Shevat Orchard


With Chana Burston


Come learn about Tu b'Shevat, the birthday of the trees. You and your children can explore the various taste sensations of this holiday and celebrate the renewal of Spring with children's crafts. Pre-registration is a must!   Call the JCC office!


This educational and exciting program is being coordinated by the JCC


Where:   JCC of Orange County, 118 River Rd., Suite 11 Harriman, NY 10950

When: Sunday, January 23 3:00-5:00 pm


For more info please call the Jessica at the JCC:  783-6522



Jewish Women’s Circle Presents...

Happy (Jewish) Birthday!


Discover the Spirituality and Meaning of Your Jewish Birthday


Ø      Professional cake-decorating demonstration with a special guest: learn creative techniques you can use at home!

Ø      Enjoy ice cream sundaes and other delicious desserts!

Ø      Exciting complimentary raffle!

Ø      Insights by Chana Burston


Sunday, January 16th, at 7:00 pm


At the home of the Burston's

5 Moorefield Circle, Highland Mills



please call: 928 1701

or email [email protected]


Suggested donation: $7


You are welcome to invite a friend!




Chanukah Events 2004



Ø       Tuesday, December 7th 10:00 am – Pre-Chanukah Party for Babies & Toddlers.  For more info please call Chana at 928-1701

Ø       Thursday, December 9th 7:30 pm – Jewish Women’s Circle: Women’s Chanukah Celebration.  For more info, click here.

Ø       Sunday, December 12 – Chanukah Super Bowl & Family Party at Colonial Lanes.  For more info, click here.

Ø       Sunday, December 12 – Olive Oil Workshop.

Ø       Monday, December 13– Special Chanukah program for the elderly.

Ø       Virtual Chanukah! – Be sure to check out our special Chanukah website: Includes: The Chanukah How-To — Random Chanukah Tidbits — Insights —Multimedia - Audio & Video — Greeting Cards — The Chanukah Games — The Chanukah Story — Tales Of Light — And Much, Much More…

Ø       Jewish Orange Living — Chanukah Edition– If you would like a complimentary copy of our Chanukah edition of “Jewish Orange Living” please email us at:  [email protected]



To see brochure, click here.

To see photos, click here.

 Jews from Around the County Enjoy Chanukah Super Bowl

Whether a bowler or not, everyone had a ball at the “Chanukah Super Bowl”.  Close to 100 men, women and children participated in Chabad of Orange County’s first family Chanukah party, held Sunday, Dec. 12th at Colonial Lanes in Chester.


The highlight of the evening was the grand lighting of the “Bowling Pin Menorah.”   


“Chanukah has a message of unity,” said Rabbi Pesach Burston, after Mr. Jack Berkowitz and Dr. Seth Pulver lit the Menorah.  “There may be various ‘braches’ of Jews, like the many branches of the Menorah.   But they are all part of one Menorah.  We are all one people!”


“Tonight’s program exemplifies this,” the rabbi added.  In the party room, where the menorah lighting was held, there were Jews from all over the county.  Jews who considered themselves Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, non-affiliated, and even a few Chassidim from Kiryas Joel, all took part in this unique event – together. As the Bowling pins glowed with their warm light, everyone sang traditional songs in unison. 


The program accommodated exciting activities for the entire family.  While bowling to lively music, educational Chanukah videos filled the lane’s screens, and family driedel games further increased the holiday spirit.


The festive party room was filled with booths of creative arts and crafts and other special activities, such as “decorating your own doughnut”.   A delicious Chanukah dinner and array of Chanukah treats and desserts was available for all to enjoy. 


Chana Burston, the Rabbi’s wife, an experienced educator and teacher, led all of the participating children in a group dreidel game.  Each child was granted a turn to spin the dreidel and answer a Chanukah question, and every player had a chance to receive an exciting grab bag prize.


Chabad’s approach is to share the light and beauty of the Jewish heritage with every Jew.  The dancing flames of the bowling pin Menorah serves as a reminder that the spirit of Judaism can be incorporated into every aspect of life, including bowling.  Celebrating traditions in a fun and creative style adds an exciting dimension to Chanukah and increases the joy of the holiday.





Mommy and Me

With Jewish Themes and Songs


Led by Chana Burston


A wonderful program for toddlers to experience Jewish traditions in a stimulating, fun and creative atmosphere.   Mommies and children join together for cooking, crafts, song, stories and circle time!


Ages 1 - 2 1/2

Tuesdays 10-11am


  Reserve a space now!  Alternate age groups

Call 845-928-1701


Fall Session: Extended through January!



A great beginning to your child’s Jewish education





The Jewish Women’s Circle Presents…




Challah Baking Workshop:

Everything You "Knead" to Know About Challah



Ø      Dough Demonstration

Ø      Braiding instruction

Ø      Creative ideas for presentation

Ø      Bring home your own Challah to bake for your family!

Ø      Receive an exclusive recipe booklet of traditional and unique Challah recipes



Special Lecture

“Challah – A Whole New Twist!

The Bread of Transformation”


Delicious Challah and a buffet of dips & salads will be served


Teenage daughters welcome at this event!


Thursday, March 10th,  at 7:30pm

At the Rushmore Estate,

 Home of Nadine Pulver

10 Castleton Dr, Highland Mills


 For directions, click here


RSVP appreciated * To RSVP please call 928-1701

or email [email protected]







Kabbalah & Chicken Soup Presents...

The Kabbalah of Tu B'shvat

Please join us Tuesday evening, 7:30 pm,

5 Moorefield Circle, Highland Mills

  • Delight in some Fruit for Thought
  • Explore Your Spiritual Roots
  • Learn about the Kabbalah of Tu B'shvat
  • Enjoy Home Made Fruit Treats

You May Bring the Most Exotic Fruit You Can Find!

There is no charge, donations are welcome!






Mommy & Me Presents...

Baby & Toddler Tu B'shvat Party!

  • Make your own Tu B'shvat flower planters
  • Enjoy Circle Time with Tu B'shvat Songs
  • Enjoy healthy fruit snack!

No Charge * Bring a friend

RSVP to Chana 928-1701

Tuesday January 25th, 10:00-11:30 am

5 Moorefield Circle, Highland Mills



Chabad of Orange County

invites you to

Purim in Orange County



Click image for more info





Thursday, March 24

Family Extravaganza & Concert








Friday, March 25

Purim & Friday Night Open House








Chabad of Orange County

Invites you to a


Seder Experience

A Seder for a night; memories for a lifetime!


Experience  a meaningful Seder with Song, Stories, Insights & Humor

Taste  hand-baked Matzoh, Traditional Maror & Charoses

Eat  a delicious full course meal

Drink  four cups of wine (or grape juice!)

Enjoy  a warm, welcoming atmosphere

Discuss  the eternal meaning of the Haggadah

Relax  sit back & relive the Festival of Freedom


All are welcome -- regardless of background of affiliation


1st Seder, Saturday Evening


April 23, 7:45 pm


2nd Seder, Sunday Evening


April 24, 8:00 pm


At the Burston Home

5 Moorefield Circle, Highland Mills


Admission (per Seder)

Adults - $30  *  Child - $12  *  Family - $80  *  Sponsor - $180

No one will be turned down due to lack of funds!


Advance Reservation Required

Call:  928-1701

Email:  [email protected]


Limited seats -- Please reserve as early as possible





Lag B’omer 5765


Lag B’omer Bonfire & BBQ


The Art of Love:

Relationships in the Kabbalah


The warm bonfire reflected its radiance upon the glimmering evening lake.  Glowing torches surrounded the lovely yard.  Close to one-hundred adults and teens experienced an enriching evening celebrating the Jewish holiday of Lag B’omer.   Participants enjoyed a freshly grilled BBQ dinner and sat at candlelit tables, laden with roses and wine.

The event was organized by Chabad of Orange County, directed by Rabbi Pesach and Chana Burston, and was held behind the lake front home of Dr. Bob and Iris Sandow in Highland Mills.

The evening continued around the large bon-fire.  With cozy blankets and high spirits, Jews of varied affiliations and backgrounds united to celebrate this unique holiday.   After welcoming everyone, Rabbi Pesach Burston introduced Rabbi Yossi Jacobson, a famous lecturer and scholar.    With humorous and touching stories and insights, Rabbi Jacobson spoke about “The Art of Love: Relationships in the Kabbalah.”  Throughout the lecture, Jacobson led the group in singing vibrant Jewish melodies, accompanied by guitar, mandolin, drums and other instruments.  The energy was strong as joyful singing and meaningful discussion continued late into the night.

One participant asked Mrs. Chana Burston how he could capture the inspiration of the evening, and allow the bon-fire to burn forever inside his heart.  “We need to work as a community to create more events which promote Jewish unity and love for our heritage,” answered Chana.  “We should each take a spark from the fire and ignite our personal fire, the soul within each of us.  Increasing in good deeds keeps our internal fire aglow.”

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A very special thank you to all those who made the event possible:  The Sandow Family, The Zelnko Family, The Pinkus Family, Lori Glatt, David Dixler, Mitch Wenzell, Lenny Silver, Harry Sweet, Jeff Kaplan, Zalman Belkin, Rabbi Yossi Jacobson, The Mizrachi Family, Tzvi Burston and all those who wished to remain anonymous.

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Chabad of Orange County is a non-for-profit organization, which promotes Jewish education to all Jews regardless of background or affiliation.  To contact Rabbi Pesach & Chana Burston, or for upcoming events, please call 845-928-1701, or e-mail [email protected] or visit

To view photo gallery of event, please click here.


Photo Credits:  Sima Chana Zelenko / Yossi Mizrachi


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“Last evening's Lag B'omer BBQ was beyond amazing:  inspiring, humorous, spiritual, and motivating . . to be all we can be to those we love and to those whose lives we touch upon.  Gil and I came away from the event significantly moved and feeling blessed and privileged to have shared the evening's experience.  "Thank you" doesn't even come close to expressing our gratitude to you two, special, unique emissaries of Yiddishkeit.  May you continue to carry out your mission in good health and joy with the blessings of Hashem for decades and decades.”


--Phyllis G.



“It was a wonderful evening shared with delightful people at an idyllic setting.  A perfect Lag B'omer celebration.”


--Lenny S.



“Last night was one of the greatest Jewish events I have experienced in this County.”


--Eliot M.

Highland Mills


“[My wife] has had nothing to say since she came home last night except how wonderful it was and what an enjoyable time she had.  We both want to than to thank you for giving us another wonderful insight into our Jewish lives.


--Danny D.



“The Lag B’omer party was magic…we haven’t laughed so heartily in a long time… what a delightful gathering…thank you.


--Samira G.


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We’d love to hear your feedback, suggestions and ideas!


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Lag B’omer Bonfire Celebration




An inspiring evening with a delicious BBQ, Live Music, Singing, Kumzitz-gathering & Open Discussion around the Fire





One of the most captivating teachers in the Jewish world today

Rabbi Yossi Jacobson


The Art of Love:

Relationships in the Kabbalah



Accompanied by Guest Guitarist



Program geared for adults (single and married) & teens

regardless of background or affiliation



On the Lake Front home* of

Dr. Bob & Iris Sandow

32 Blueberry Lane, Highland Mills


Thursday, May 26th 7:30 pm

$15 per person; Teens are FREE!

RSVP appreciated by May 20


You may bring along an instrument!



Delicious BBQ (Vegetarian Available!)

Hamburgers & Hot Dogs

Chicken & Veggie Skewers

Salads & Corn-on-the-Cob

Wine, Drinks & Desserts



For more info, and to RSVP please contact

Rabbi Pesach & Chana Burston

Phone:  928-1701

Email:  [email protected]



* In case of rain, program will be indoors.







The Art of Love:  Relationships in the Kabbalah

Discover 4,000 years of wisdom on how to access the cosmic power of sexuality, on igniting the spark of your intimacy, resolving conflict, and finding true fulfillment in your relationship

For singles and married individuals alike; no previous Jewish background or knowledge is necessary.


Rabbi Yossi Jacobson

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson, one of the most sought-after Jewish speakers in the world today, has lectured to Jewish and non-Jewish audiences on six continents and in thirty states. Funny, brilliant, charming, and an exceptional orator, he has touched thousands with his deep, intuitive grasp of the human condition and his remarkable ability to bring down the ancient Jewish wisdom of the mystical texts and inspire his listeners with its relevance to their daily lives.

Lag B’omer

Lag BaOmer, the 33rd day of the Omer Count is a festive day on the Jewish calendar, celebrated with outings, bonfires, and other joyous events.  Yahrzeit (anniversary of passing) of the great sage and mystic Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, author of the basic work of Kabbalah, the Zohar.

To learn more about Lag B’omer, please click here.




Join us as we read the 10 Commandments

 Commemorating the anniversary of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.


Monday, June 13th


6:30pm - Ten Commandments Ceremony

6:45pm - Dairy Buffet dinner and desserts

-“Do it yourself Ice-Cream Sundae”


Special activity and prizes for children


At the home of Rabbi Pesach & Chana Burston

5 Moorefield Circle, Highland Mills


No Charge


All are welcome!  Bring the whole family!


RSVP promptly 928-1701 or write [email protected]





The JCC of Orange County Presents...

Sinai: When Heaven Kissed Earth



Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai over 3,000 years ago.  Discover how this incredible event impacts our lives on a daily basis.


Lecture and discussion with

Chana Burston


Thursday June 9th at 8:00 PM

at the JCC in Harriman




Cheesecake buffet will be served


Program for men and women.  Free!


For more info contact Jessica at the JCC 783-6522.






Jewish Women’s Circle Presents



Jewish Meditation & Painting Workshop

With Neria Cohen


A unique workshop based on the teachings of Jewish mysticism in which women are guided through a journey of their soul, touching the emotions and stirring the imagination and the subconscious mind.


Explore this inner landscape by painting a canvas which you will take home.


No painting skill or experience is necessary


Wednesday, May 11, 2005, 7:15 PM

5 Moorefield Circle, Highland Mills, NY


$12 couvert (art supplies included) 

  • Delicious Refreshments will be served
  • Complimentary raffle to win a magnificent figurine made of Swarovski crystal

  RSVP appreciated by May 8th

For more info and to RSVP, please call Chana at 928- 1701

Or E-mail [email protected]





"Many of us stop painting when we enter adulthood, but it is a wonderful tool to connect to the emotions and the subconscious mind.   Painting provides a profound experience of relaxation and creativity."

– Neria Cohen



Born in South Africa, Neria received her Bachelor of Arts at the Witwatersrand University majoring in Drama, Film and English. (She worked in the film industry in post-production in New York and South Africa. Credits include "Looking for Richard" with Al Pacino. ) Neria currently organizes creative events that fuse Judaism, music, art and dance.