WRT Weekly Update - October 11, 2017                                                        This week's Torah portion 

Shabbat Services

Shabbat Evening Service
Friday, October 13 at 7:45 pm

Torah Study
Saturday, October 14 at 9:00 am

Sharing Shabbat
Saturday, October 14 at 9:00 am

Upcoming at WRT
Bereavement Group
Wednesday, October 11 at 5:30 pm
A monthly support and discussion group led by Cantor Jill Abramson and Jane Slevin, LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist), Westchester Jewish Community Services. Please RSVP to Suzanne.Saperstein@wrtemple.org.

Simchat Torah
Wednesday, October 11
6:15 pm - Service and Unrolling the Torah
7:00 pm - Dinner
Singing and dancing accompany the annual unrolling of the Torah as we read the last verses of Deuteronomy and begin Genesis again. Children, students, and adults gather to see the entire scroll at once, to learn and to celebrate the gift of Torah.
Simchat Torah-Shmini Atzeret and Yizkor Service
Thursday, October 12 at 10:00 am
Our festival morning service marks these many conclusions and new beginnings, and is followed by a Yizkor memorial service.

Hebrew Cafe
Monday, October 16 at 2:00 pm
Always wanted to learn conversational Hebrew? Join our Sh'licha (Israeli emissary) Omer Nisanov, every  Monday, for conversational Hebrew and coffee. Come add your voice to the conversation! No registration required.

Israeli Cooking for Adults led by Omer Nisanov
Tuesday, October 17 at 10:30 am
Our Sh'licha (Israeli emissary), Omer Nisanov, will introduce foods of different cultures within Israel. Through class conversation using Hebrew vocabulary, she will explain the background and significance of these foods, as well as provide recipes. No registration required. Next class meets November 14.

Rosh Chodesh 5778: Jewish Women and The Refugee Experience
Led by Cantor Jill Abramson
Tuesday, October 17 at 11:30 am
Bring your lunch and join others to investigate the topic of women and the refugee crisis across decades. Our text will be Mary Pipher's The Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees Enter The American Community. Everyone is asked to procure their own copy of the book. Next class meets November 14. 
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Men's Club Meeting
Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00 pm
The WRT Men's Club is a member of Men of Reform Judaism, an affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). They are involved in youth education, adult education, social action, and fellowship activities. Click here for more information and to join.

Living with Divorce: Support Group
Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30 pm
A monthly support and discussion group with Jane Slevin, LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist), from Westchester Jewish Community Services. Participate in a conversation and connect with others facing similar challenges. For those at all stages of the divorce process. 

Evening Book Group
Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30 pm
Interested in joining the evening book group? Once a month the group meets for review and discussion on the month's selected title. For more information, please contact Lenore Rosenbaum at papoobeads@optonline.net.

Kickboxing led by Omer Nisanov
Wednesday, October 18 at 9:30 am
Join Omer for a weekly workout of Israeli-style kickboxing, while listening to Israeli music and learning some Hebrew. All are welcome. No registration required. Next class is October 25.

And She Said: Women's Commentaries on the Bible
Led by Eliana Fischel, WRT Rabbinic Intern
Wednesday, October 18 at 11:00 am
This class uses  The Torah: A Women's Commentary , Nehama Leibowitz's interpretations, and Judith Plaskow's philosophy to understand important Biblical passages from the feminine and feminist perspectives. Next class meets November 15.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Reform Judaism
Led by Rabbi Jonathan Blake
Thursday, October 19 at 9:30 am
Rabbi Blake's first class "The Roots of Reform" is part of a comprehensive series about Reform Jewish history, heritage, values, principles, and projections for the future, culminating in a spotlight on WRT and its role in our Movement. The next class will meet October 26. 

iSing Shabbat - K-4th graders and their families
Friday, October 20 at 6:00 pm
A service consisting of 30 minutes of soulful music led by clergy, projected sing-a-long lyrics, and candle lighting. There will be Israeli-style and kid-friendly food for families. Please RSVP to  Suzanne.Saperstein@wrtemple.org.

Aging Well Series - 
Preparing For Aging 
Sunday, October 22 at 10:00 am
This three-part series is for adults who are concerned for themselves as well as those who are caring for aging family members, and will include a panel of experts who will share information, suggestions and advice. Click here for more information.

Tot Shabbat - The Torah
Friday, October 27 at 5:30 pm
A short service led by WRT clergy on a monthly basis for families with infants through 5 year-olds, and includes a craft project and supper. These services are for parents and children as well as grandparents and their grandchildren. Children must be accompanied by an adult for this program. (No drop-offs). RSVP to Ellen.Rosenberg@wrtemple.org.

WRT Basketball - Westchester Jewish Basketball League (WJBL)
We are in the process of organizing teams, grades 5th-12th, for the upcoming season. For additional information, please contact Gil Fishman at gfishman@YORKINTL.com.

2017 Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Biennial in Boston, MA
December 6 - 10, 2017
At the largest Jewish gathering in North America, 5,000 attendees will come together to worship, learn, sing, build community, and shape the future of the Reform Movement. Visit www.URJ.org for more information and to register.

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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