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Faith Christian Academy announces National Honors Society Recipients 

TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE (May 6) - Faith Christian Academy in Poughkeepsie held its third annual National Honor Society Induction Ceremony at its new Casperkill Campus located at 25 Golf Club Lane in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

Full details and photo on our Education Page


Catholic Charities TEAM Newburgh leaders receive Orange County Human Rights Commission Award

GOSHEN (May 2) – Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan announces that Martin Colavito and Dawn Wilkin, leaders of TEAM Newburgh, and Catholic Charities employees, were among the recipients of the 2016 Orange County Human Rights Commission Awards

Full details on our Community Page


Cardinal Dolan graciously took the time to pose with his
security detail during his visit

Cardinal Dolan visits St. John's Church  

GOSHEN (April 18) – Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, visited St. John's Church in Goshen on Sunday, April 17.  The Cardinal was greeted with a reception in the gymnasium and then celebrated mass to a full house in the parish hall. 

Security for the event was provided by the Tactical Response Unit, a special operations group comprised of Police Officers from the Village of Goshen Police Department, Village of Harriman Police Department, Town of Woodbury Police Department, Town of Chester Police Department, Town of Tuxedo Police Department and Town of Warwick Police Department. 


Some of the 60 who attended the first Wednesday service

New weekly daytime service to begin at Faith Assembly Church  

POUGHKEEPSIE (April 18) - – Beginning the month of April, Faith Assembly Church in Poughkeepsie will be holding a Wednesday morning service that begins at 11 am and will be followed by a 12:30 pm full course hot luncheon. The new gathering will provide an option for anyone in the community who has been looking for a mid-week, daytime place to fellowship and worship. 

Under the leadership of Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. Edward Jones, the new daytime service will be headed  by Pastor, Ron Conti and Pastor, Cate Hexel and will feature a time of worship, sharing, teaching and prayer.

 “The service is basically for those who are unable to make it to an evening service because of their schedule or physical limitations,” said Pastor, Ron Conti.” Most people have a need to interact and fellowship with others more than just one time on a Sunday morning and we want to serve those individuals by offering them a place to connect with others.” 


Rabbi Pesach and Chana Burston, directors of Chabad, on the “red carpet” with their
eldest children Yossi, left, Duvy, center, and Rivkah

Chabad holds memorable, musical and meaningful benefit concert & gala

CHESTER (April 11) - Chabad of Orange County, directed by Rabbi Pesach and Chana Burston, held a Benefit Concert & Gala Reception to benefit the ongoing community services offered by Chabad and pay tribute to the supporters who help make it happen.   The event was held March 31st at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center. 

The program began with welcoming words by Rabbi Pesach and Chana Burston, a benediction by young community activist Lee Stanton, of Greenwood Lake and greetings from Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus.  In his greeting, Mr. Neuhaus expressed how Orange County has been enhanced by Chabad of Orange County. “The way Chabad welcomes and embraces the local community is very special,” Neuhaus said, “Orange County is a better place because of Chabad of Orange County. You bring a lot of wonderful things to the table!”

Music star Ethan Bortnick, 15, led an entertaining and interactive concert.  Participants later remarked in Facebook posts that he was “amazing,” “fantastic” and “a musical sensation.”

Ethan also spoke about the impact Chabad has on his family and what he has seen in his travels around the globe.  Ethan introduced Chester teenager Megan Heller to share a few words on the impact Chabad of Orange County had on her. Megan, now 15, started Jewish education at Chabad when she was 5. Now she is teacher’s assistant at Chabad Hebrew School.

Michelle Sale of Central Valley made this remark on Facebook regarding the evening in general: “Last night was really fun and heartfelt.  It was a true tribute to what Chabad has brought and continues to bring to Orange County!”

Megan spoke about her “Growing up with the Chabad of Orange County,” the impact it had not only on her Jewish life, but her social life as well.  “Through these programs I’ve developed not only friendships that have continued over the last decade, but a sense of family,” Megan said.

Before bestowing the awards to the honorees, Rabbi Pesach Burston, who directs Chabad with his wife Chana, expressed his gratitude to the community for their support, and explained just how crucial that support is.  “People often assume that Chabad is funded by Chabad Headquarters in Brooklyn,” he said,  “but that is, in fact, not the case.  While Chabad worldwide is connected through its mutual vision, each Chabad Center is a financially independent, self-supporting entity.”

As the honorees came to the stage, Duvy Burston, 13 played on the piano.

Chabad thanked the partners who helped make Chabad in Orange County possible and presented awards to three honorees for their support and service to the community.

The evening’s honorees were: Russ & Jodi Cohen of Highland Mills (Lamplighter Award), Gil & Phyllis Goetz of Monroe (Leadership Award) and Eric Muhlrad of Chester (Tikkun Olam Award).

The honorees were presented with Judaica art etched with 24 karat gold, engraved with a personal message, as well as a Certificate of Recognition from County Executive Steve Neuhaus and a Certificate of Merit from Senator John Bonacic.

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