WRT Weekly Update - March 8, 2018                                                              This week's Torah portion 
WRT invites those in need to recharge and warm-up from the storm
WRT will be open until  5:00 pm today, and we have set up our Sifryah for use as a charging station for phones and laptops, with hot coffee and tea to warm up. Please stop by the security desk to sign-in.
Shabbat Services

Tot Shabbat - Passover
Friday, March 9 at 5:30 pm
Designed for families with children ages six and younger, Shabbat starts with a short service led by our clergy followed by a child-friendly dinner. 
RSVP to  Ellen.Rosenberg@wrtemple.org

Shabbat Service
Friday, March 9 at 7:45 pm

Torah Study
Saturday, March 10 at 9:00 am

Sharing Shabbat
Saturday, March 10 at 9:00 am

Upcoming at WRT

WRJ Meeting and Lunch
Thursday, March 8 at 12:00 pm
Holocaust survivor Dorothy Baer will speak about being on the Kinder Transport. The meeting is open to all WRJ Members.

Camp VIVA Reunion
Sunday, March 11 at 1:00 pm
Camp VIVA is a week-long summer sleep-away camp for families who are affected by HIV/AIDS. WRT's Family Mitzvah Corps and others will host Camp VIVA's winter reunion-providing an opportunity for campers to reunite.  Contact Debbie Radov at 917-763-6466 or email at djradov@aol.com, if you would like donate items to the "free shop". Click here for more information.

Hebrew Cafe
Monday, March 12 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 March 19.

Israeli Cooking for Adults with Omer
Tuesday, March 13 at 10:30 am
Through class conversation using Hebrew vocabulary, Omer will explain the background and significance of foods from different cultures within Israel, as well as provide recipes. No registration required.

The Bible as Literature
led by Rabbi Daniel Reiser
Tuesday, March 13 at 11:30 am
Rabbi Reiser will guide us in studying the Book of Jonah and the Book of Esther, with an eye towards their literary characters and to discover the complexities of motive and ambiguities of each that are essential not only to good literature, but to the human experience. Next class is March 27. 

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

Kickboxing with Omer
Wednesday, March 14 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, March 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.

iSing Shabbat - Grandparent/Intergenerational  Night
Friday, March 16 at 6:00 pm
Bring grandparents, or aunts and uncles, to a service of soulful music led by clergy, with live instrumentalists, and projected lyrics. Delicious, catered Israeli-style food for the adults and kid-friendly foods.  Please RSVP to  Suzanne.Saperstein@wrtemple.org.

Rosh Chodesh: 5778 Jewish Women and The Refugee Experience
led by Cantor Jill Abramson
Tuesday, March 20 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

Living with Divorce: Support Group
Tuesday, March 20 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, March 20 at 7:30 pm
The evening book group will be discussing Why Dinosaurs Matter  by Kenneth Lacovara . Please contact Lenore Rosenbaum at papoobeads@optonline.net for any questions and to RSVP.
Bereavement Group
Wednesday, March 21 at 5:30 pm
A support group led by Jane Slevin, LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist), from Westchester Jewish Community Services. Find comfort in community and caring discussion, and process feelings of loss in a sacred Jewish context. Please RSVP to  Suzanne.Saperstein@wrtemple.org

WRJ Book Group
Thursday, March 22 at 9:45 am
Leah's Journey by Gloria Goldreich will be discussed. Open to everyone. 

WRJ 18th Women's Seder  
Thursday, March 22 at 6:00 pm

Living with Divorce: Passover Holiday Lunch
Sunday, March 25 at 12:00 pm
Join us for a conversation and catered lunch as we discuss themes of the holiday and how family is re-imagined with a separation or divorce. 
Please RSVP to Suzanne.Saperstein@wrtemple.org for support group meetings and lunches.
Men's Club Annual Seder
Wednesday, March 28 at 7:00 pm
Click here for more information. Pay online here.  Note this is a date change from the Bulletin. 

Book of WRT Memories
In conjunction with The WRT Homecoming Celebration and to commemorate WRT turning 65, we are creating a Book of WRT Memories and invite you to be part of this exciting project.The deadline for submissions has been extended to April 1, 2018  Click here for more details.

Reflections from the Adult Civil Rights Trip
From February 22-25, Rabbi Levy traveled with 22 adults from WRT on a Civil Rights Journey. Read more...

Reflections on the WRT Senior Class Trip to Israel
Cantor Kleinman and Rabbi Blake lead the first-ever Senior Class Trip to Israel. Read more about their jam-packed ten days of travel in Israel...

Monthly Mitzvah for March - Pets Supplies and Used Sneakers
Local Animal Shelters are always in need of blankets, sheets, towels, pet toys, pet food, brushes, litter boxes, leashes and collars, nyla bones, hand soap, paper towels and cleaning supplies.

We are also collecting used sneakers for a foundation called Dunk Your Kicks, which helps children and their families who are battling cancer.  

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.

URJ North East CampsJoin us at Crane Lake Camp, Eisner Camp or 6 Points Sci-Tech for an unforgettable summer of discovery and fun. Become a better athlete, artist or scientist while making lifelong friends. Be part of a community of kindness where self-esteem blossoms and Jewish life is truly joyous.   
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