WRT Weekly Update - February 1, 2018                                                              This week's Torah portion 
Shabbat Services

Early Shabbat Service
Friday, February 2 at 6:15 pm

Torah Study
Saturday, February 3 at 9:00 am

Sharing Shabbat
Saturday, February 3 at 9:00 am

Upcoming at WRT

Understanding the Prayerbook 
Led by Rabbi David Levy
Thursday, February 1 at 9:30 am
The Siddur or prayerbook presents all the values and core arguments of what it means to be Jewish. Join Rabbi Levy as we unpack the meaning of this book and try to understand the flow of a service, and why we pray what we pray. Next class meets February 8.


Fauda: Screening and Discussion with Omer
Thursday February 1 at 11:30 am
For six sessions Omer Nisanov will introduce us to an Israeli award-winning television series about a deep-cover unit of the Israeli Defense Forces. "Fauda" follows a close-knit commando unit of the Israel army whose soldiers are trained in the language, dress and mannerisms of Palestinians. Each week  Omer will screen an episode from the series, and then follow it with discussion. No registration required. Next session February 8.

Hebrew Cafe
Monday, February 5 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.
Next meeting is February 12.

Kickboxing with Omer
Wednesday, February 7 at 9:30 am
Enjoy a weekly workout of Israeli-style kickboxing, while listening to Israeli music and learning some Hebrew. All are welcome. Requires comfortable clothing and sneakers to work out in. No registration required. 

Speaker Jonathan Mooney
Sponsored by the Inclusion Task Force and the JLL
Wednesday, February 7 at 7:00 pm
An award-winning writer, entrepreneur, and activist, Jonathan did not learn to read until he was twelve years old.  We will also honor the memory of Susan Wiener, z"l, chair of WRT's Inclusion Task Force and tireless volunteer leader. Free and open to the community.


iSing Shabbat
Friday, February 9 at 6:00 pm
A family service with 30 minutes of soulful music led by clergy, live instrumentalists, projected lyrics so you can sing along, and candle lighting. Delicious, catered Israeli-style food for the adults and kid-friendly foods, including an ice cream bar for dessert, will be offered.  Please RSVP to Suzanne.Saperstein@wrtemple.org .


Rosh Chodesh: 5778 Jewish Women and The Refugee Experience
led by Cantor Jill Abramson
Tuesday, February 13 at 11:30 am
Bring your lunch and join a group of women to investigate the topic of women and the refugee crisis across decades. Our text is Mary Pipher's The Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees Enter The American Community

Men's Club Meeting
Tuesday, February 13 at 7:00 pm

Living with Divorce: Support Group
Tuesday, February 13 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.

And She Said: Women's Commentaries on the Bible
Led by Eliana Fischel, WRT Rabbinic Intern
Wednesday, February 14 at 11:00 am
This class will use 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. This class is for everyone-those new to Torah study and those more experienced with it.


Monthly Mitzvah for February - Baby Items
Kids Kloset in White Plains is in need of layette items - clothing 0-12 months, towels/receiving blankets, diaper bags, diapers, infant books, toys (1 year and under) strollers, pack n play [please no car seats]. AFYA Foundation is also looking for baby blankets, baby hats, rain ponchos and boots for midwives. These items can be brought to the donation bins near the WRT security desk.


Weekly Fridays 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Tiny Tots Playgroup & Shabbat
A drop -in playgroup for babies and toddlers, along with their moms, dads, caregivers or loved ones.  Children and adults celebrate Shabbat together at  9:30 am.  Singing, playing, challah & mingling.  Open to the community and  no charge.


ECC Summer Play Place
The 7 week Summer Play Place camp has on going registration for Toddlers through 4 years-old. Please email Ellen.rosenberg@wrtemple.org for 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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