Woodstock Area Jewish Community/Congregation Shir Shalom
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
In this Issue:
Coming Together Again: In-Person Shabbat Services Return on June 4th

Some of us see God’s face in the eyes of those whom we love. Others find it in the wonders of nature. Some see God in sacred books, or in ritual practices or in a mysterious but intense inner light. At different times in our lives all of these manifestations of God’s face may appear to us.
Rabbi David Wolpe

It has been a long time in exile and we are pleased to begin to return to Shul. We are thrilled to be holding Shabbat services in person this Friday, June 4th at 7:00 pm, after over a year apart. We have all worked so hard to keep ourselves and our community safe.

Vermont’s leadership in vaccinations has caused the lifting of almost all restrictions and we are confident that we can get together in person, with some cautionary measures in place.

Please keep in mind we must be conscious of the needs of ALL of the members of our community, so we will not be restriction-free just yet. For now, we will be meeting in-person outside, under and around our tent.  

Masks must be worn by all, even those who are vaccinated.
Volunteers will be asking everyone to sign in so that we can still conduct contact-tracing if need-be. Please seat yourselves in groups with some distancing as you are comfortable. Seats can also be arranged outside of the tent.

Services will continue to be broadcast over Zoom for anyone not able to attend in person.

In the event of bad weather, we will meet together on Zoom. We will confirm a Zoom-only service via email by 5:30 pm before a 7:00 pm service.

Looking forward to being together this Friday night to welcome each other and Shabbat! May each of us upon glimpsing one another, find a sense of the presence of the Divine as we join together both in person and on Zoom for the first time since Purim of 2020. With gratitude to the committee for all their work in bringing us together.   
Please note:

All Shir Shalom Events
will use one Zoom account.

For all: Shabbats, Educational Meetings, Film Series, Special meetings, please join using this information:

Zoom and Phone Instructions:
Join by computer
Meeting ID: 725-948-2096
Password: 856328

or by phone:
Dial: 415-762-9988
Meeting ID: 725 948 2096
password: 856328
This Week at Shir Shalom:
  • Shabbat In-Person Worship: 6/4 ~ 7 pm
  • Family Shabbat: 6/5 ~ 9:30 am Outside gathering and activity
Educational Opportunities:
  • J.E.W's Meeting: 6/2 ~ 7 pm
  • Torah Study: 6/3 ~ 10 am
  • Hebrew I: 6/3~ 11 am
  • Dr. Ruth Ollison on Being Black in America: 6/5 ~ 7:30 pm
  • 20s, 30s, & 40s Meet: 6 /9 ~ 8:30 pm
Upcoming Events:
  • Walk-in COVID Vaccine Clinic in Woodstock: 6/3 ~ 1-3 pm
In the Woodstock Inn Administrative building parking lot
  • Women's Book Club: 6/13 ~ 2 pm
  • WAJC Board Meeting: 6/17 ~ 7 pm
  • Barbara Mack-Shirman will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah: 6/19

Shabbat Worship
Rabbi Haigh
Join us outside, under the tent or under the stars!

Friday, June 4
7:00 pm
In-person and via Zoom

Starting June 4th we will be returning to holding just Shabbat Worships on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month! No further Lay Shabbat Gatherings on alternate weeks.
No registration required. Join us on Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/7259482096
Tikkun Olam / Social Justice Committee

Havdalah with Dr. Ruth Ollison
Being Black in America

Why Shir Shalom families and friends, from 12 to 90+, should hear what Ruth has to say

June 5th ~ 7:30 pm

Click here to read why this presentation is so important!

Brought to you by the Shir Shalom Tikkun Olam Committee

Mark Your Calendar!
WAJC Summer Gala
The sweetest happening of the summer!
Saturday, July 17

Online Auction with over 100 items, starts on June 7th!
Watch your email for auction open notices!!

Shir Shalom Thanks All The Community Sponsors
Without their support, our summer gala could not happen!
Please support our sponsors

Blood's Seafood ~ Bobbi Dagger for The Atlantic Real Estate Network ~ Casella Waste ~ CivicMoxie ~ Dagger Law Offices ~ Dorr Fabrics ~ First Line Security ~ Jennifer Falvey ~ LaValley's Building Supply ~ Mark Knott DDS ~ Pure Solutions ~ Tasco Security ~ VT Generator ~ Woodstock Insurance

Monday Noon Zoom
Rebecca Hecht

Monday, June 7

Dara Horn, “Song at the Sea” from JBooks.com 

June Learning: Exploring Contemporary Jewish American Short Stories
In this series, we’ll read and discuss recent short stories by Jewish American authors and consider what they say about Jewish identity and connection. We’ll draw from the collection Promised Lands: New Jewish American Fiction on Longing and Belonging as well as other sources, and bring our own voices and ideas into conversation with these writers.

Upcoming Sessions
June 14 - Session Two: Joey Rubin, “Toward Lithuania” from Promised Lands
June 21 - Session Three: Judith Groudine Finkel, “Two by Four” from Moment Magazine
June 28 - Session Four: Janice Eidus, “A Bisel This, A Bisel That” from Promised Lands
Women's Book Club
Sunday, June 13 ~ 2 pm

 The Vanishing Half,  by Brit Bennet

Join Zoom Meeting
No password – we are using a waiting room
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: susanbrown331@gmail.com. She can be reached at 617-435-0661 for thoughts and questions. “I look forward to hearing from you!”
Virtual Minyan Led by Rabbi Haigh
Please join us!
Every Wednesday
8:30 am

(Zoom and phone instructions above)

Study at Shir Shalom
Torah Class
Every Thursday
10 am

Hebrew Class
Every Thursday
11 am

Numbers 15-18
(Zoom and phone instructions above)
Shir Shalom Teen Gatherings
(Now known as the 'J.E.W.S' - Jewish Education in Woodstock)
Every Wednesday ~ 7 pm
Via Zoom
WAJC Online Offerings:
Regular updates for online offerings available at http://www.shirshalomvt.org/yachdav/
Are You Ordering From Amazon?

Did you know that if you sign in at: smile.amazon.com  (which will take you right to the Amazon homepage), a percentage of your purchase dollars will be donated back to Shir Shalom by Amazon!
Help support Shir Shalom. Shop smile.amazon.com 
COVID-19 Resources
COVID-19 Vaccinations

Have you gotten your shot yet? Are you having trouble scheduling an appointment? Not sure who or where to call?
We are here to help!
Sloane Miller has volunteered to help members of Shir Shalom register on line. Please email Sloane at sloane.a.miller@gmail.com for help.

PREVENTION: Wear a face mask in indoor public spaces in Vermont, even if you are vaccinated. When you are outdoors, masks are only required when you are in a crowd or with other households where you can't maintain a 6-foot distance.

Woodstock Walk in Vaccine Clinic 
June 3: 1pm-3pm
Woodstock Inn Administration Building Parking Lot, 9 Cross St. Woodstock, VT 
In partnership with the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, the Vermont Department of Health will host walk-in Covid-19 clinics offering the Johnson and Johnson Vaccine to those 
18 and older. 
Governor Phil Scott’s Vermont Forward Plan for reopening is dependent upon Vermonters doing their part and getting vaccinated as soon as they can. These upcoming sector-specific vaccine clinics will make accessing the vaccine easier for hospitality workers and help Vermont continue on the path to fully reopen by July 4th. 

Will reduced unemployment benefits squeeze your finances?
Immediate financial assistance to the residents of the greater Woodstock area who are unable to meet their basic household needs due to the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you live in Woodstock, Barnard, Bridgewater, Killington, Plymouth, Pomfret, or Reading, WARF can help provide immediate financial assistance of up to $1,000. This is available to anyone in those towns who are unable to meet their basic household needs, such as rent, food, or childcare, due to the economic disruption caused by the coronavirus.
WARF is committed to the confidentiality of all participants.

To apply for aid: www.woodstockarearelieffund.org
To ask questions: woodstockcovid19@gmail.com
To see regular updates on Facebook: @woodstockarearelieffund
Vermont Expands Utility-Assistance Program

WARF wants to be sure those struggling financially during the pandemic know about all state and local resources.

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 www.woodstockarearelieffund.org
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Contact Information:
(802) 457-4840

* Rabbi Ilene Haigh 

* Sari White 
Office Manager: 

* Phyllis Forbes, President 

* Roni Skerker, Living Judaism
Woodstock Area Jewish Community, Congregation Shir Shalom