Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023

This week:

  • Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 pm: Live Service in the Sanctuary and on Zoom with Rabbinic Intern Ezra Leventhal.
  • Saturday, Dec. 2:
  • 9:30 am: Mini Minyan with Rabbinic Intern Ezra Leventhal and Lois Fein
  • 10:30 am: Learner's Service with BYO Lunch at noon, both with Ezra and Art.

Save the Date:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 pm: Israel Working Group on Zoom
  • Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 4 pm: Women's Book Group on Zoom only.
  • Saturday, Dec. 9 at 10:30 am: Lois Fein and Shmuel Dorr
  • Friday, Dec. 15 at 5 pm: Hanukkah Celebration

To see more of Shir Shalom's calendar, click here.

Friday, Dec. 1

at 7 pm:

Rabbinic Intern

Ezra Leventhal

Conducts Shabbat Service

in the Sanctuary and on Zoom

Rabbinic Intern Ezra Leventhal will serve as our rabbi throughout the rest of the fall and winter, holding services most first and third Fridays of the month. Please check the calendar for more details.

Learner's Service

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 10:30

BYO lunch at noon with Rabbinic Intern Ezra Leventhal

and Art Skerker

Dear fellow congregants,

As we enter the celebration of Hanukkah, the holiday this year has a special significance in view of the war in Israel. “Hanukkah” means “dedication” in Hebrew. At Shir Shalom, we have dedicated our prayers and our financial support toward a peaceful resolution of the war and the speedy return of all the hostages. We have received many contributions to our Israel Recovery Fund which are being forwarded to worthy causes in Israel.

Mark your calendars to be with us on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, for our Hanukkah celebration. As detailed below, the festivities begin at 5:00 pm for families and children of all ages and continue through Shabbat Services. May the warm light from our families’ and childrens menorahs brighten our spirits.



Michael Brown


A letter of appreciation

to the congregation

from Phoebe Anderson

This past November I was able to participate in the North American Federation for Temple Youth (NFTY)

Collab retreat. With Shir Shalom's support, I flew out to Wisconsin with two hundred Jewish teens from all over the country. It was there that I created new friendships, worked on social justice, and connected with my Jewish community. The four days of this retreat were incredible and eye-opening. I had never been around so many Jewish people let alone Jewish teens. The first night I was there we had a Shabbat Service, and I knew I was going to have a great time. From singing Hebrew songs, dancing, and talking with others I had never felt so comfortable. I went into this retreat not knowing anyone, however, I never once felt nervous or alone. I cannot thank Shir Shalom enough for helping me participate in this retreat. It is an experience that helped me grow, and connect with more of the Jewish community.

Thank you,

Phoebe Anderson

Saturday Morning Shabbat on Zoom Only

"Jacob Weeps Over Joseph's Tunic" by Marc Chagall, 1931

Virtual Shabbat led by Lois Fein and Shmuel Dorr

Saturday, Dec. 9 at 10:30

only on Zoom -- click here to join.

On the ninth weekly Torah portion Vayeishev

Virtual Minyan


Dec. 6

at 8:30 am

led by Art Skerker

Join on Zoom here.

Click Here to Join the Mussar Study

Hebrew Review Class with Pam Lucas

Thursday, Dec. 7

from 11 am-noon

Zoom only, click here.

Israel Working Group

to Meet

Tues., Dec. 5 @ 7 pm

on Zoom

We will discuss how to disburse the Israel Funds that we have collected and plan for a synagogue-wide meeting. We welcome all newcomers.

Join us at

Women's Book Group

Meets Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 4 pm

only on Zoom.

Spanning the years 1900 to 1977, The Covenant of Water is set in Kerala, on South India’s Malabar Coast, and follows three generations of a family that suffers a peculiar affliction: in every generation, at least one person dies by drowning—and in Kerala, water is everywhere. At the turn of the century, a twelve-year-old girl, grieving her father's death, is sent by boat to her wedding, where she will meet her future husband.

Join the group at

Next Hebrew School classes on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 10 am

Email Rachel Findley for details

Photo by Robert Thiemann 

Join Us

and Bring Light and Joy

to Our

Hanukkah Community Celebration

Friday, Dec. 15

We are collecting for our neighbors in need. Please bring new hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves.


5 pm: It’s a latkes and pizza party! Bring a plate of latkes or sweets to share. We will provide pizza.

5:15 pm: Kids' Hanukkah adventure with games, crafts, and stories!

6:30 pm: Community Candle Lighting – Bring your own menorah and candles and share in the beauty of our menorahs lit together in the Shul. This will be followed by our outdoor Hanukkah menorah lighting Services and candle lighting.

Come gather with friends and family for an evening of tradition and fun!

Activities are inside and out, so please dress accordingly for the celebration. 

Let's make this Festival of Lights

a Menorah-ble one!


Inside Services will be streamed on Zoom, starting at 5:45 pm.

Meeting ID: 219 902 8045

Passcode: Dg8WLC

Please bring prepared meals

for The Upper Valley Haven

by Dec. 15

Calling all cooks, chefs, and casserole makers! Join us in supporting The Upper Valley Haven with a Woodstock Area Jewish Community meal. Please make each dish large enough to serve ~10. Dishes need to be covered, wrapped, and cooled in a container that will not be returned to you. Salads, main dishes, sides, desserts - whatever you like to eat! This time of year is great for comfort foods. Please label the dish and note any allergen info.

Please bring prepared dishes to Shir Shalom on or before December 15th during our Hanukkah celebration. We will be heading to The Haven the following day to drop everything off to help feed the 16 guests for the weekend.

If you have any questions, please reach out at:

Open Call from

Rabbinic Intern

Ezra Leventhal

to Our Extended Community of

Young People (20-40)

The gravity of what is happening in Israel and Palestine is weighing on all our hearts right now. Our Israel Working Group has brought up specific concern about individuals in their 20s-40s who may not have space to connect with other Jews about their concerns and personal stress. 

In response to this concern, Rabbinic Intern Ezra is collecting email contacts of young people who might benefit from pastoral outreach or an open Zoom call. Please fill out this form (click here) with the email contact of your adult children or other young people who may be in your hearts at this time. 

If you submit the email address of a young person on this form, Ezra will send them one email checking in on them and inviting them to an open Zoom call as an opportunity to commiserate with other young Jews and process the events of the past month from a pastoral lens. This will not be a space in which anyone is coerced to change their political ideologies or their feelings about Israel. 

Calling all knitters!
Would you like to join our monthly knitting group? We gather at Sue Brown's house to knit Healing Shawls for those who are ill. If you're interested or would like more information, please email her. She can also be reached at 617-435-0661 for thoughts and questions. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Zoom Information

Sanctuary Room - this will be used for larger group events such as the 1st and 3rd Friday Night Shabbat Services, B'nei Mitzvahs, and other live 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. 

Contact Information:

(802) 457-4840

 Rabbinic Intern Ezra Leventhal

Michael Brown, President

Ann Brandon, Temple Administrator

Mailing Address:

PO Box 526, Woodstock, VT 05091




Woodstock Area Jewish Community, Congregation Shir Shalom