Thursday, May 18, 2023
In this Issue:

  • Shavuot Blessing of All Children & Shabbat Worship with Rabbi Haigh: 5/19 @ 6:30 PM (In-Person and Zoom)
  • ZIMRAH After Service Learning: 5/19 (In-Person and Zoom)
  • Tillie Walden at Norman Williams Library: 5/20 @ 3:00 PM
  • Last Day of Hebrew School: 5/21 @ 10:00 AM
  • Ed Committee Meeting: 5/21 @ 11:00 AM
  • Virtual Prayer: 5/24 @ 8:30 AM (Zoom only)
  • Hebrew I & II and Torah Class: 5/25 (Zoom only)
  • Welcome Back Shabbat: 6/2 @ 5:00 PM
  • Shabbat Worship with Rabbi Haigh: 6/2 @ 6:30 PM (In-Person and Zoom)
Shavuot Blessing of New Babies & Shabbat Worship with Rabbi Haigh

Friday, May 19th
6:30 PM
In-Person and on Zoom

Please bring a dairy treat for oneg table after services

Zoom Instructions:
Join by Computer
Meeting ID: 219 902 8045
Passcode: Dg8WLC
Zoom Instructions:
Join by Computer
Meeting ID: 219 902 8045
Passcode: Dg8WLC
Tillie Walden, a graduate of - and now a professor at - the Center for Cartoon Studies, has recently been named the fifth Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont. Her powerful coming-of-age stories are created using a combination of art and text. We are looking forward to her talk at Norman Williams Library on Saturday, May 20, at 3:00 PM.

The Yankee Bookshop will be on hand with copies of Tillie Walden’s books.

This event is free and the public is warmly welcome to attend. RSVP (below) is appreciated as seating is limited. Please email for more information.
Hebrew School

Things to Know:

  • Friday, May 19th 6:30 p.m. Shavuot Shabbat Service: All of our children are invited to join us at this beautiful service where they will be called up on the bima to be blessed as a 'new addition' to our congregation and/or to celebrate their commitment to Jewish learning and living. 

  • Sunday, May 21st 10:00 a.m. Last Day of Hebrew School: All children ages 0-18 are invited to celebrate Shavuot and our last day of school with interactive games, activities, prayer, learning, and fun. We will have a parent 'end of the year meeting' at 11:00 a.m. We are in need of: heavy cream, brown sugar, squirt bottle whipped cream,individual ice cream treats, and berries. 
  • We are in need of donations of food items to make our last day of school amazing:

  • Saturday, June 3rd 9:30 a.m. Minis Minyan: Children ages 0-7 and their favorite adults are invited to join us for a joyful morning of play, prayer, song, and Shabbat celebration. Please bring an oneg treat to share and your Shabbat Spirit!

Click here for the Spring Hebrew School Calendar

Hebrew school, kids, tots, and teen programming registration for
2023-4 is live! Click here
Join us on Thursday, May 25th via Zoom.

This week's Torah Portion is Sheni Shel Shavuot
Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17

Zoom Instructions:
To join by Zoom go to: 
or by phone: Dial: 415-762-9988
Meeting ID: 725 948 2096
Password: 856328
Shir Shalom High Holy Day Choir is open to new members.
If you like to sing and want to be part of this year's choir, please contact Shari Borzekowski at Sheet music will be provided.

You must be able to attend all weekly rehearsals on Thursday evenings, 5:30-7:00 pm beginning on July 20th and running through the High Holy Days.

You must also commit to singing in all four services as follows:

Rosh Hashanah
* Friday, September 15th at 6:00 pm (meet at 5:00 pm)
* Saturday, September 16th at 10:30 am (meet at 9:30 am)

Yom Kippur
* Sunday, September 24th at 7:30 pm (meet at 6:30 pm)
* Monday, September 25th at 10:30 am (meet at 9:30 am)
Evening services run about 1.5 hours. Morning services 2.5-3 hours.
In a meeting with the Union for Reform Judaism, ARZA, The Israel Religious Action Center, ARZENU, and The Israel Movement for Reform Judaism - there was a call to action in support of Israel and Democracy. We support Israel and stand for Democracy and the rights of all of Israel's people.

The call to act is upon us.
 Margie Elsberg, chair of Shir Shalom’s fledgling Social Justice committee, hopes you’ll help serve the cause of racial justice in the Upper Valley by becoming a member of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). Annual dues are $30 for anyone ages 15+. Here’s the link to the membership form. If you print the form, mail it to the Quechee address.
Zoom Information

Room - this will be used for larger group events such as the 1st and 3rd Friday Night Shabbat Services, B'nei Mitzvahs, and Events
Meeting ID: 219 902 8045
Passcode: Dg8WLC

Meeting - this will be used for Rabbi's teaching including Torah Study, Hebrew I and II, Adult Education, Wednesday and Saturday Minyans, Social Groups, etc.
Meeting ID: 725 948 2096
Password: 856328
Check the calendar at for Zoom numbers to use for each event or meeting. 
Support For Ukraine
Since last Summer, your Shir Shalom Welcome Circle has worked diligently to reunite the Dubrov family from war-torn Eastern Ukraine in the safety of the Upper Valley. The teenage daughter who had found refuge in Berlin, the parents who escaped over the border through Georgia, and the Dartmouth Junior daughter all were able to gather in their new home in Hartland, VT last Fall and begin their journey to a new life in America. They are grateful for the generosity and support from Shir Shalom members who have stepped up to the plate with their contributions in dollars and in kind, and with their offers of time, tutoring, professional skills, guidance, and companionship.

Both daughters are fully immersed in their respective schools’ academics and activities. The parents are both fully employed, are building their English skills, and have advised us that they now feel financially

We are supporting and guiding them in their path to Green Card application, and have a balance left in our Special U4U Fund should they need us to support them again.

When you notice that our special support message disappears from the monthly newsletter, feel assured that the mitzvah continues.
Virtual Minyan - Wednesdays at 8:30 am

Zoom Instructions:
Join by Computer
Meeting ID: 725-948-2096
Password: 856328

Calling all knitters!

If you have a desire to gather as a group for knitting or knit on your own at home to welcome a new baby with a hat or make Healing Shawls for those who are ill, please let Sue Brown know. Sue’s email is: She can be reached at 617-435-0661 for thoughts and questions. “I look forward to hearing from you!”
COVID-19 Resources
Vermont Expands Utility-Assistance Program

The WARF: COVID-19 fund is joining with Barnard Helping Hands and King’s Daughters to offer grants of up to $1000 for those seeking help with their home heating bills. If you need help paying your oil, propane, or electric bill, or you need help paying for wood or pellets, you may be eligible. Grant money will be paid directly to your fuel supplier and can be used towards a past bill or to prepay a future bill.

We’re going to need to pull together to get through this winter. Don’t forget that even if you’ve never needed help before, you can reach out to WARF for financial assistance with basic household needs at
The Thompson Aging at Home program can help facilitate Homesharing!
Homesharing is a simple idea where two or more people share a home for mutual benefit. A person offers a private bedroom and shared common space in exchange for rent, help around the home or a combination of the two. After conducting background and reference checks, we will work to find the most compatible match possible based on your interests, needs, and lifestyle. There are no age or income restrictions to be eligible for the program. Please contact Shari at The Thompson Center for more info or an application: 802-457-3277, Information can also be found at
Shari Borzekowski
Aging at Home Resource Coordinator
The Thompson Center, Your Resource to Age Well
802-457-3277 x4
Resources for Racial Justice

Every hour, every day.
working to end gender-based violence through survivor-centered advocacy, 
prevention, education and mobilization for social change
LGBTQ resource photo
For LGBTQ equality in Jewish Life
Contact Information:
(802) 457-4840

 Rabbi Ilene Haigh 

Jenn Fisher, Temple Administrator

Phyllis Forbes, President 

Leah Gawel, Hebrew School Director

Mailing Address:
PO Box 526, Woodstock, VT 05091
Woodstock Area Jewish Community, Congregation Shir Shalom