Mutual Support - Programs

Thursday, July 9, 12-1:00pm

ZOOM: Mutual Support Program 


Monday, June 29, 2-3:00pm

ZOOM: Living in Costa Rica & Trying to Get Home with Jane & Don Buford

Have you ever dreamed of living in another country for part of your year? Have you ever wondered what it takes to go on such an adventure? Jane and Don Buford will talk about their experiences living out of the country in the time of Covid, and why they chose Costa Rica as their home away from home. They especially welcome others who have lived abroad for a period of time to add to their narrative.


Friday, June 26, 2-3:00pm

ZOOM: Engaging with Aging: Determining Our Personal Path with Eileen Rosendahl

How will the summer look? Are we prepared to resume our lives outside of confinement? How do we determine our path into the future? Eileen Rosendahl will join us once again to provide a guidance and a listening ear as we look forward to venturing forth back into the world.


Monday, June 22, 2-3:00pm

ZOOM: News Media in the Age of Trump, Coronavirus and Crisis with Steve North

Our congregation’s resident fifty year-long broadcast journalist, Steve North, will talk about the media’s role in creating Donald Trump, getting him elected, and then ‘normalizing’ his presidency. He will also give us insight into media coverage regarding the Coronavirus, the Black Lives Matter demonstrations.


Friday, June 19, 2-3:00pm

ZOOM: Poetic Voices with Jeanette Walowitz


Monday, June 15, 2-3:00pm

ZOOM: White Privilege, the Police, & Where we go from here with Ruth Silverman & Solomon Hoffman

Ruth Silverman and Solomon Hoffman will talk about, and have us talk about, white privilege, the police, and where we go from here. They will examine the reality of white privilege and how it informs policing. They will help us reflect on the privilege that some of us experience, and the responsibility that comes with it in order to advocate for police reform and ensure the safety of black and brown communities.


Friday, June 12, 2-3:00pm

ZOOM: Engaging with Aging facilitated by Art Mones

Let’s talk together about how we are handling our isolation and fears and help us find ways to safely reenter, and bring about pleasure in this new way of living.


Monday, June 8, 2-3:00pm

ZOOM: Our Congregation's 2010 Trip to Israel in Photos and Stories hosted by Allen Michelson

The synagogue sponsored a trip to Israel in the spring of 2010, which included more than thirty members of the congregation. Trip participants will contribute their stories and Allen his photographs to take us down Memory Lane. We invite others to join the session to share their Israel memories and to use the 2010 as a jumping off point to talk about Israel today.


Friday, June 5, 2-3:00pm

ZOOM: Clinical Medical Research in the Age of Covid-19 with Hans Grunwald

Hans, a retired Hematologist with extensive experience in clinical research, will discuss the issues related to discovery, development and use of therapeutic and preventative tools for medical care. This is especially relevant and important in dealing with the present pandemic.


Monday, June 1, 2-3:00pm

ZOOM: Cracking the Code: Learn Braille in an Hour with Betty Salz

Betty taught the blind and visually impaired in New York City public schools for thirty-three years. She’ll show us how to write in Braille using the six dot alphabet, which was created by the brilliant Louis Braille. Invite children to this zoom-cast. Be sure to have two pieces of white unlined letter size paper, a ruler, and a pencil and eraser for the session.


Please note: There will be no MSC sponsored programs on Memorial Day (25 May) or on Shavuot (29 May).


Friday, May 22, 2-3:00pm
ZOOM: ASL Signs that might come in handy with Dinah Kramer

Dinah Kramer, teacher of deaf and hard-of-hearing students for more than thirty years, will share her knowledge of sign language. Sign language is now being taught to pre-verbal tots. Learning a few signs can come in handy these days when muted on Zoom, when walking six feet apart, or when trying to be ‘heard’ when there is ambient noise. It could also be used to ‘talk’ about children in the same way that our immigrant ancestors used Yiddish.


Monday, May 18, 2-3:00pm
ZOOM: Climate, Victory Gardening and How to Eat Fresh Organic Produce Every Day
Hosts Lynn Capuano and Steve Hyman will talk about how a home garden can address climate change while you put garden-to-table produce on your table daily. No matter where you live or how little land you have, they will show us how we can grow organic vegetables with a positive impact on the environment. This session is child and family friendly.


Friday, May 15, 2-3:00pm

ZOOM: Unwrapping the Gift of Shabbat with Susan Bourla

It arrives at our door every Friday. Free. No need to wipe down with alcohol. No batteries or electricity or special instructions required. Can its promise of peace and a pause in the action be of help to us now? Host Susan Bourla will encourage us to share our thoughts about the place of Shabbat at this time of self isolation.


Monday, May 11, 2-3:00pm

ZOOM: The RSNS Story in Song

Founder Harriet Feiner will host a musical parody about the early history of our congregation to be sung by the RSNS choir. The text, written by a fellow founder, Adele Blumenthal, pokes fun at the early efforts of the Study Group from which the synagogue was formed. In addition to the performance, others will add their stories of our pre-Plandome days and of the people who had the vision to dare to found a congregation that was ideologically based in Reconstructionism.


Friday, May 8, 2-3:00pm
ZOOM: Engaging with Aging: How to Create Order in the Chaos of Covid-19 with Eileen Rosendahl

Eileen Rosendahl returns to our Engaging with Aging group to facilitate this session. We will talk about how the Covid-19 crisis has changed our lives and how to use these changes to benefit our present and influence our future with regard to our relationships, our values and our sense of well-being. All RSNS

members are welcome to this session.

Monday, May 4, 2-3:00pm
ZOOM: Growing Micro-Greens and Bean Sprouts at Home with Sharon Dobbs
Micro-greens, whose flavor is much more concentrated than that of mature greens, are excellent additions to salads, soups and sandwiches. They, like bean sprouts, germinate in soil or soil substitute, require sunlight, and can be harvested in seven to fourteen days when they grow to be one to three inches tall. The best part is that they can be grown in a flower pot in a window or on a terrace. Sharon will lead us through the process of planting and care. If you want to plant with her, have a pot on hand with seed packages of micro-greens, bean sprouts or pea shoots. Seeds can be ordered online (Micorgreens Burpee’s Mix Seeds and Plants, Vegetable Gardening at is one source), or purchased at most garden centers or hardware stores.

Friday, May 1, 2-3:00pm
ZOOM: Understanding College Admissions in the Time of the Coronavirus with Paula Whitman
High school students and parents should zoom in with Paula for a discussion regarding the impact of the pandemic on the college admissions process.  She will address questions about testing and grading, and decision making.  She will also suggest ways to get a jump start on the process.
Meeting ID: 531 710 576

Monday, 27 April, 2-3:00pm
ZOOM: A World of Pictures with Allen & Roseann Michelson
During this time when we are home bound, the Michelsons invite us to travel the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, Antarctica and the Arctic with them, through the lens of Allen camera and their shared narrative of the wildlife, scenery and people that make these places so special and beautiful.
Meeting ID: 531 710 576

Friday, April 24, 2-3:00pm
ZOOM: Calling All Sports Fans with Arthur Salz
For those experiencing the loss of live sports, this Zoom cast is for you.  Artie Salz invites you to join him in sharing your favorite sports stories, which might include memories of great games, of terrific plays and of outstanding athletes.  It’s also a chance for you to share some of your personal athletic achievements!
Meeting ID: 531 710 576

Monday, April 20, 2-3:00pm
ZOOM: Masks for Us and for Long Island with Marcia Mayer
The goal of this session is to make masks for ourselves, and masks to distribute to the larger “in-need” community.  We will begin by making masks. Be you a sewer or non-sewer, what you need is a 20” square of cotton fabric (e.g., a napkin, bandana, or T-shirt), and two elastic bands (e.g., hair elastics, large rubberbands, children’s potholder loom bands, and old pair of pantyhose).  After a “hands on” demonstration, we will talk about how we might mass produce masks and distribute them to the general community.
Meeting ID: 531 710 576

Friday, April 17, 2- 3:00pm

ZOOM: Grieving in the Time of Coronavirus: The Importance of Meaning Making in our Survival with Amy Olshever
Sponsored by our “Engaging on Aging” group, Amy Olshever will address how we are experiencing loss in a world that has been upended.  She will guide us through a discussion of the emotional and spiritual impact that our losses have on us, and help us to cope and express our grief.
Meeting ID: 531 710 576


Monday, April 13, 2 - 3:00pm

ZOOM: Make Me Laugh

MC Bob Wolff, Marty Adickman, John Miodovnick, Art Mones, Larry Popkin, Murray Schnipper, Mike Starr and Michael Weiden with hang out telling jokes while inviting us to add to the fun.
Meeting ID: 531 710 576


Tuesday, April 7, 2:30-3:30pm

ZOOM: Passover and Covid-19

Mah Nishtanah? This Wednesday and Thursday evenings we will celebrate a Seder like none other. And yet, the profound universal themes and insights of Pesach can help us all weather, thrive, flourish and grow in the face of our current plague. The Exodus Story is ultimately one of suffering and redemption, and the Seder a ritual of re-enactment replete with teachings on hope, patience, vulnerability, gratitude, communal responsibility, courage, change, the sanctification of hand washing, and the promise of standing on the threshold of a liminal space. Please join us on Tuesday, April 7th from 2:30 to 3:30pm in a dialogue on meaning making and resilience in the face of profound uncertainty. 

Ron Cohen, MD, The Mindful Psychiatrist, is a Bowen Family Systems Theory Coach and Relationship Consultant, a Board-Certified Psychiatrist, and a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) guide and facilitator.
Meeting ID: 531 710 576


Monday, April 6, 10-11am

ZOOM: Bhavani Jaroff Matzo Balls with Miso Soup Demo and Recipe

Find the recipe here -
Meeting ID: 531 710 576


Monday, March 30, 7-8pm

ZOOM: Guitar & Ukulele Lessons - all levels welcome

Music has the power to brighten our days, lift your spirits and bring us together in changing times, which is why I would like to offer guitar & ukelele lessons.   
All levels are welcome to join. Music sheets will be available. For info on downloading and printing music sheets for the lesson, contact Barbara Schaffer, or text 516 375-3559

To join the lesson live, click the following link:
Meeting ID: 531 710 576


Wednesday, March 25, 4-5pm
Let's make delicious macaroons together-join Debbie Kesselman in her kitchen (virtually)


If you'd like to follow along, we will be using the following recipe:


From The Mensch Chef.

Author Mitchell Davis points out that coconut naturally has "a tender texture and buttery taste that people often mistake for butter in the recipe...there isn't any, so the joke is on them." Sweetened simply with sugar, egg whites and vanilla, these bite-sized treats are bursting with flavor and calorie-controlled by their mini nature.

Chocolate-dipped macaroons
2 1/2 cups (12 ounces) sweetened, flaked coconut
2 large egg whites
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of kosher salt
4 ounces bittersweet or white chocolate, coarsely chopped
Special Equipment
Parchment paper or silicone mat 

Directions: (Don't be daunted by the lengthiness, the preparation is very simple this is just extremely detailed!)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat and grease it lightly with butter or peanut oil. In a small mixing bowl, combine the coconut, egg whites, sugar, vanilla, and salt, and stir to mix well. To shape the cookies, dip your fingers in a bowl of cold water. Grab about 2 or 3 tablespoons of the coconut mixture and shape it into a mound on the cookie sheet. Space the mounds out evenly on the sheet. The macaroons won't spread while they cook, but if they are too close they won't brown evenly. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the coconut has begun to brown on top and the bottoms are an even, golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool for about 5 minutes on the pan.
Line a clean cookie sheet with parchment paper. When the macaroons are completely cool, melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler, or in a stainless steel bowl set over simmering water, or in the microwave. Be careful not to get any moisture into the chocolate, particulary from the condensation of steam. Stir the melted chocolate until smooth. Holding the macaroons on one side, dip half into the melted chocolate. Place the dipped macaroons on the parchment paper and continue until all are half dipped.
Place the macaroons in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to harden the chocolate, and then transfer them to an airtight container to store