WRT Weekly Update - April 20, 2017                                                          This week's Torah portion 

Shabbat Services 

Shabbat Evening Service - Service of Responsibility
Friday, April 21 at 7:45 pm
"Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah"- literally translated as the Day of [remembrance of] the Holocaust and the Heroism. This year's guest speaker Sonia Hochman, is a Holocaust survivor from Poland who hid with her family in underground caves for 511 days. (Click here to read more...)

Torah Study
Saturday, April 22 at 9:00 am

Sharing Shabbat
Saturday, April 22 at 9:00 am
Upcoming at WRT

Men's Club Meeting
Thursday, April 20 at 7:00 pm

The Opposite of Spoiled
Guest Speaker Ron Lieber, author and New York Times columnist
Sunday, April 23 at 11:15 am
Ron Lieber, author of  The Opposite of Spoiled (Harper Collins 2015) and the weekly New York Times "Your Money" column, will be speaking about how, when and why to talk to kids about money. (Click here to read more.) 

The Other Israelis led by Dr. Yoel Magid
Sunday, April 23 at 2:00 pm
"Sand Storm"- a film about an angry Bedouin woman whose husband takes a second wife while her daughter is also rebelling against Bedouin cultural norms for women.  This adult education program is made possible with support from the Vivienne Sulds Memorial Fund.

Monday, April 24 at 10:00 am in the Temple Kitchen
Members are invited to help prepare a hot dinner for 125 clients of HOPE Community Services, an ecumenical soup kitchen in New Rochelle.   (Click here for more information...)

Annual Countywide Yom Hashoah Holocaust Commemoration 
Monday, April 24, 12:00 -1:00 pm (offsite)
Join us at the Garden of Remembrance in White Plains for the procession of rescued Holocaust Torahs. This beautiful commemoration is free and open to the public. Rain or shine. (Click here for more information...)

Hebrew Cafe
Monday, April 24 at 2:00 pm
Join Omer Nisanov, WRT's Sh'licha (Israeli emissary) for conversational Hebrew and coffee. No registration required. Next session is May 1.

Baby Boomers at the HUC-JIR Soup Kitchen (offsite)
Monday, April 24 at 4:15 pm
Help volunteer at the HUC-JIR Soup Kitchen. Space is limited. Contact Nancy Michaels for more information at NancyMichaels311@gmail.com

Rosh Chodesh 5777: Holy Envy: Own Faith & Other Faiths
Led by Cantor Jill Abramson
Tuesday, April 25 at 11:30 am
Bring your lunch and join a diverse group of women to investigate being Jewish while affirming the faith of others. Next session is May 23. (Click here for more information...)

The Politics of Music in Israel
Led Cantor Amanda Kleinman and Oren Neiman
Tuesday, April 25 at 7:15 pm
Cantor Amanda Kleinman and WRT musician and teacher Oren Neiman will explore how Israeli music has shaped the discourse around key social issues in Israeli society. (Click here to read more...) Next class meets May 2.

Living with Divorce
Tuesday, April 25 at 7:30 pm
Join us for conversation and connect with others facing similar challenges at all stages of the divorce process. Led by Jane Slevin, LMFT, from Westchester Jewish Community Services. Please RSVP to Suzanne.Saperstein@wrtemple.org.

Kickboxing with Omer Nisanov
Wednesday, April 26 at 9:30 am
Workout to Israeli music and learn some hebrew in a weekly Israeli-style kickboxing class. All are welcome. Class meets every Wednesday. 

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iSing Shabbat
Friday, April 28 at 6:00 pm
Join us for 30 minutes of soulful music led by clergy and live instrumentalists, projected lyrics so you can sing along, and candle lighting. Delicious catered Israeli style food for the adults and kid-friendly foods will be offered. Please RSVP to Suzanne.Saperstein@wrtemple.org.

Annual Morgan and Marjorie Miller Scholar-in-Residence Weekend
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, Ph.D.
Friday, April 28 at 7:45 pm
Please join Dr. Hoffman in a fascinating Shabbat evening conversation entitled "21st Century Judaism: Beyond Ethnicity." (Click here to read more...)
Saturday, April 29 at 10:30 am
After Sharing Shabbat services and a slightly abridged Torah Study, Dr. Hoffman will lead a conversation on the subject, "Jewish Spirituality Even For Skeptics Who Think There Isn't Any." (Click here to read more...)
Sunday, April 30 at 10:45 am
For Dr. Hoffman's final presentation, entitled "Limits, Truth, and Meaning," we will explore how (Click here to read more...)

Women of Reform Judaism Untermeyer Garden Tour (offsite)
Tuesday, May 2 at 10:00 am (rain date May 9)
Join WRJ's Kristin Friedman, and a docent of Untermeyer Gardens in Yonkers, for a tour of the famous grounds and buildings.  The tour will be followed by lunch at X20 on the Yonkers waterfront. Cost is $50 per person. Click here to pay online. 
Bereavement Support Group
Wednesday, May 3, from 5:30-6:30 pm
Join Cantor Abramson and Jane Slevin, LMFT to find comfort in community, and process feelings of loss in a Jewish sacred context.

Yom Ha'atzmaut Celebration: Israel Block Party
Friday, May 5 at 6:15 pm
Join us as we celebrate Israel "Jerusalem-style," with music, food, and fun for the whole family. There is no charge for dinner, but we request you  RSVP here

Israel Current Events Conversation, led by Omer Nisanov
Sunday, May 7 at 2:00 pm
Join our Israeli Sh'licha, Omer Nisanov  for a discussion of Israeli current events. Topics discussed are the future of the two-state solution, U.S.-Israel relations in the current political climate, and contemporary Israeli culture. No registration required. 

Reform Jewish Voice NYS Advocacy Day in Albany
Monday, May 8, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Join us in Albany to advocate for  - reproductive rights, public education, voting rights, and electoral reform.  Register at  www.rjvnys.org . Contact  Yoel Magid yoel.magid@gmail.com  to coordinate car-pooling.

ECC Summer Play Place Camp - Registration is now open
Camp runs from June 26th through August 11th.
Please contact ellen.rosenberg@wrtemple.org for more information.

For WRT members: If you would like to receive notifications of birth announcements and deaths within the WRT community, please email receptionist@wrtemple.org with your full name and email address. Please specify if you would like to be added to one or both of these notification lists.

Westchester Reform Temple is committed to the value of inclusion, and strives to make worship and programming fully accessible. Our building and bima are wheelchair accessible, and the sanctuary is equipped with assistive listening devices and large-print prayer books. ASL interpretation is available for any worship service upon request, and remote viewing of most services is available via webcasting from our website. If you need any additional accommodations to participate in a temple program, please contact Cantor Amanda Kleinman.

WJCS [Westchester Jewish Community Services] : Through the Partners in Caring Program , WRT is able to offer the support of an onsite Social Worker from WJCS, as well as offer social services to congregants in need.

UJA-Federation of NY: We are grateful for a special grant to enable and empower WRT to be the most inclusive congregation we can be. UJA-Federation also facilitates our partnership with the Jewish Deaf Resource Center,  to provide ASL interpretation on demand at services and WRT programs.

URJ [Union for Reform Judaism]: Our Reform Movement's synagogue arm; WRT is a proud member of the URJ and celebrates the leadership of URJ President, WRT Rabbi Emeritus Rick Jacobs.

HUC-JIR [Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion]: WRT supports the HUC-JIR, the official training ground for Reform Jewish professionals, and celebrates the leadership of its President, our congregant, Rabbi Aaron D. Panken.
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