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“The Synagogue Where Everyone Is Welcome”

“Welcome” is not only a tagline for Beit Chaverim, it defines who we are as a community. Beit Chaverim's intimate setting and friendly environment allows a first-time visitor to feel like an old friend.

Less than an hour's scenic drive from Manhattan, Westport offers beautiful private beaches, great shopping and fine dining. In addition, during the summer, the renowned Westport Country Playhouse and the Levitt Pavilion offer nightly entertainment. Westport's proximity to New York makes it a perfect location for daily commuting or a summer home.

Beit Chaverim is an Open Orthodox synagogue which celebrates its diverse membership. Services, led by Rabbi Yossi Pollak, are inviting and encourage congregational participation by both men and women.. In the summer, the synagogue often becomes a “shul without walls”, hosting visiting scholars at members' homes, a BBQ with a view of fireworks on the Long Island Sound, musical events, and cooking demonstrations with master chefs, such as Chef Mike Gershkovich from Mike's Bistro. You can go fishing, ride a bike, or taste wine…and share these experiences with Beit Chaverim members.

Fairway Market, kosher restaurants & bakeries, and a large selection of kosher foods available in the local markets can satisfy all your kosher needs within a short drive from your home. In addition, there is a local Jewish day camp, nearby mikvahs, and a large eruv. Rabbi Pollak also gives weekly classes, some of which are available on YouTube!

Homes are available in the greater Westport area for both rental and purchase within close proximity to the synagogue. A local real estate agent is a member of our community and will be happy to help you find the right home for your needs.

For more information about this special community, contact Rabbi Yossi Pollak at (203) 227-3333 or by email at Beit Chaverim is located at 85 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06880.

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Bi-Cultural Day School, Stamford, CT

Located on 13 gently rolling acres in North Stamford, Connecticut, Bi-Cultural Day School offers an outstanding program and beautiful state-of-the-art facilities for its 360 students in grades pre-K through 8. Children from all Jewish backgrounds are welcomed at Bi-Cultural.

Now in its 55th year, Bi-Cultural has a longstanding record of excellence, providing a foundation for academic and professional success which sees its graduates accepted in large numbers at top private high schools (both Jewish and secular) and at the nation's most prestigious colleges and universities. The school's alumni go on to become leaders in their chosen fields and in the Jewish communities in which they live. Today, many Bi-Cultural alumni send their children to the school, the highest compliment a school can be paid.

In Bi-Cultural's vibrant program and nurturing atmosphere, students become life-long lovers of learning and look forward to going to school each day. Small classes and learning specialists on staff enable the school to educate children across the learning spectrum. Art, music and movement are interwoven into the school day, and combine with field trips and frequent guest speakers to engage students with varied learning styles. With Smart Boards in every classroom, technology is integrated seamlessly into daily learning.

Students receive a 21st century education, framed by Jewish values and rich in Jewish tradition, heritage and culture at this Torah U'Mesorah school. Social action and chesed activities are an essential part of the Bi-Cultural experience, inspiring community involvement and leadership.

In eighth grade, BCDS students spend a month in Israel, traveling and learning with their classmates, beloved teachers and educational guides to forge a lifelong bond with the state of Israel and with the Jewish people.

Rounding out the education at Bi-Cultural is an extracurricular program offering a broad range of activities including competitive team sports and intramurals, art, dance, musical theater, advanced science, homework club, and both Spanish and Chinese languages.

A warm and welcoming school community enhances the experience for families, who find the area an outstanding place to live a Jewish life within close commuting distance to New York City.

A Premier Educational Experience at Carmel Academy

Carmel Academy is a forward-thinking private school for children of all Jewish affiliations, offering each of its students an exceptional, challenging and creative educational experience from kindergarten through eighth grade.

Accredited with distinction by the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, Carmel Academy’s multi-disciplinary educational approach encourages its students to make connections between the classroom and the world.

Experienced, passionate master teachers bring the school’s educational philosophy to life, instilling creativity, critical thinking and a joy of learning in each student.

With the benefits of a low student-teacher ratio and a dynamic, differentiated learning environment, students master the knowledge essential to continue on to the finest secondary schools, as well as to think critically and in a broader scope.

The school’s expert educational leadership designed Carmel Academy’s dual curriculum from the ground up – incorporating only the highest in national standards – to integrate general and Judaic knowledge throughout the day.

Set on a beautiful, historic 17-acre campus in Greenwich, CT, Carmel Academy is equipped with the infrastructure and technology to make it an unrivaled 21st century educational institution. The school offers state-of-the-art laboratory and computer resources to foster excellence in science, math, and technology. All classrooms have Smartboards, multiple personal computers, laptops and Wi-Fi access. Children enjoy a wide-array of extracurricular activities and interscholastic team sports.

As part of Carmel Academy’s commitment to providing a meaningful Jewish day school experience for all children, the school offers a special education program for children with language-based learning disabilities. PALS (Providing Alternative Learning Strategies) gives children with special needs the tools to maximize their academic potential, while at the same time affording them the myriad benefits of a Jewish education.

Carmel Academy provides an excellent foundation for long-term academic success, while fostering a deep love and connection to a common Jewish identity through history and culture, prayer and text, Zionism and Hebrew as a modern, living language.

For more information, to meet Head of School Nora Anderson, or to schedule a tour of Carmel Academy’s campus, please call
203-863-9663 or visit

Kosh – Kosher American Bistro

A premiere kosher American bistro settles in the heart of Stamford, Conn. as a new dining attraction for restaurant lovers everywhere. Kosh is composed of three menus that feature Montreal-style smoked meats, Romanian pastrami and New York-style corned beef. These delectable meats are served throughout the day as Kosh opens its high-end kosher deli, and as the sun sets, Kosh transforms into a trendy restaurant with an incredible Glatt kosher menu.

The newly constructed restaurant features some of the areas finest steaks and ribs along with Southern classics like fried chicken and American favorites like wings and sliders.

To ensure the highest standards of kosher cooking, Kosh is under the supervision of the Orthodox Union and has gone through multiple steps to earn its certification. Guests can rest assured knowing that the authenticity of kosher living is upheld while they enjoy the fabulous food that Kosh has to offer.

Beyond keeping it kosher, Kosh is also aware of other dietary needs. The menu is 100 percent lactose-free and nut-aware and provides a number of gluten-free options. Although Kosh is primarily a meat restaurant, it also serves a variety of pastas, salads, and fresh seafood.

“The basic principle of the Kosh experience,” as said by managing partner Glenn Karow, “is for its guests to be so aroused by carefully created entrees that they won’t realize how healthy it is.”

Aside from its outstanding menu, Kosh offers several dining areas that provide a comfortable atmosphere for any occasion. With a full bar and various flat screen TVs, Kosh has a place for friends to gather and watch the game. The dining room provides for a more intimate experience for guests and the 35-seat outdoor patio is a great spot for colleagues to stop in and enjoy open- air dining.

Having already wowed guests with its deli, unique kosher entrees and chic atmosphere, the Kosh experience is giving the community a fresh sense of casual dining that will attract a wider audience to the pleasures of eating well and keeping kosher.

Kosh is located on 108 Prospect Street in Stamford CT. For more information please call 203-614-8777 or email

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