WRT Weekly Update - January 11, 2018                                                              This week's Torah portion 
Shabbat Services

Shabbat Evening Service
Friday, January 12 at 7:45 pm

Torah Study
Saturday, January 13 at 9:00 am

Upcoming at WRT

Understanding the Prayerbook 
Led by Rabbi David Levy
Thursday, January 11 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 January 18.

Fauda: Screening and Discussion with Omer
Thursday January 11 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 January 18.

WRJ Winter General Meeting and Lunch 
Thursday, January 11
12:00 pm WRJ Meeting, 12:30 pm Lunch with Program to follow
Guest speaker Lisa Feiner, MBA, M.Ed., will speak about the connection between good nutrition and a healthy brain. Lisa is a founder of a grassroots non-profit, Sharp Again Naturally, whose mission is to educate the public and the medical community about reversible causes of memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Lisa is a health/wellness coach, WRT congregant and WRJ member. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (observed)
Monday, January 15 - Offices are closed

MLK Day of Service Opportunity at WRT
Monday, January 15 at 10:00 am
Join WJCS Kids' Kloset, as part of the UJA Federation MLK Day of Service at WRT. Help sort gently used clothing and assemble packages of diapers and underwear for children in need throughout Westchester. Feel free to bring any children's clothes you would like to donate!  Registration is required. Please sign up here.

Rosh Chodesh: 5778 Jewish Women and The Refugee Experience
led by Cantor Jill Abramson
Tuesday, January 16 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. Each woman is asked to procure her own copy of the book in advance of the class.

Evening Book Group
Tuesday, January 16 at 7:30 pm
The evening book group will be discussing City of Thieves by David Benioff. Please contact Lenore Rosenbaum at papoobeads@optonline.net for any questions and to RSVP.

Kickboxing with Omer
Wednesday, January 17 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. 

And She Said: Women's Commentaries on the Bible
Led by Eliana Fischel, WRT Rabbinic Intern
Wednesday, January 17 at 11:15 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.

WRT Baby Boomers: 
The Food of Jewish New York with Rabbi Blake and Joanne Citrin
Wednesday, January 17 at 7:15 pm  
The second session  will explore the history and lore of NY  Delicatessen. With the film  Deli Man  as our guide, we'll learn about the origins and evolution of this unique style of cuisine and will get a hands-on demo in pickle-making and traditional condiment tasting.  For more information and to RSVP click here.

Martin Luther King Jr. Shabbat Service and Gospel Music
Featuring guest speaker Reverend Dr. Stephen W. Pogue
Friday, January 19 at 7:45pm
Join us for our annual Shabbat service honoring the legacy and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with our guest speaker Reverend Dr. Stephen W. Pogue and choir members of Greater Centennial AME Zion Church, Mt. Vernon. There is limited amount of seats for a community dinner prior to the service.  Read more about this incredible evening...

Hebrew Cafe
Monday, January 22 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 January 29.

WRT Baby Boomers: 
The Food of Jewish New York with Rabbi Blake and Joanne Citrin
Wednesday, January 24 at 7:15 pm  
The third and final session  will explore two desserts: the famed New York Black-and-White Cookie and New York Cheesecake. 

DOROT's Winter Package Delivery
Sunday, January 28 at 10:00 am
Consider volunteering to brighten the day of a senior. Deliver a package and visit with an older person. It's easy!  Register here. For more information, please contact Joan Frankle at joantabackfrankle@gmail.com.

Tu Bishvat Seder
Sunday, January 28 at 11:30 am
Omer Nisanov will lead an Israeli celebration of Tu Bishvat, the Israeli Arbor Day. At our Tu Bishvat Seder we will sample fruit and wine found in Israel, and learn about the Jewish and Israeli connections to nature, land, and the environment.  Sign-up here.

Weekly Fridays 9:30am-10:30am
Babies and Bagels drop-in-playgroup
Offered each Friday when the ECC is in session. Come mingle, play and celebrate Shabbat with 2 year- old classes and ECC Director Sue Tolchin. Challah is provided. No RSVP needed. Any loved one welcome to attend with babies and toddlers. Open to the community

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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