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A message from Cantor Amanda Kleinman

This year, more than ever, the call of the shofar caught me off guard. Last Shabbat at our Friday night service, when we sounded the shofar to announce the new Hebrew month of Elul (the month that prepares us for the High Holy Days), I found myself jolted to awareness in a way I hadn’t previously experienced.  As I stood on the bima of our sanctuary, chanting the names of each of the four shofar calls, the title of a book by Rabbi Alan Lew, z”l (which I highly recommend to anyone looking to enrich their spiritual preparations for the upcoming holidays) popped into my head with a disconcerting resonance: This Is Real, and You Are Completely Unprepared.

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Shabbat and Holiday Services

Shabbat Service with guest darshan, Howard Elman

Friday, August 25 at 6:15 pm (In tent weather permitting)

Howard and his family have been members of WRT since 2006 when they moved to Scarsdale and immediately joined Sharing Shabbat. Howard is a current member of the Board of Trustees of WRT and is a Vice-Chair of the New Leadership Network of AIPAC. Professionally, Howard is a founding member of Elman Freiberg PLLC, a 10-lawyer litigation boutique in Manhattan.

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Torah Study

Saturday, August 26 at 9:00 am (in-person in the Sifriyah or Zoom) 


Each Shabbat morning we gather informally to read and discuss the week’s Torah portion. The morning begins with a brief Shabbat service at which mourners who wish to say Kaddish are warmly welcomed. The group is led by volunteers, with clergy participation. No prior experience with Torah is necessary.  

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*It's time to renew your WRT Membership!*

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Programs and Special Events


Adult Learning: Talmud Shiur (Class)

Led by Rabbi Jonathan Blake

Thursday, August 24, 10:15 - 11:45 am (Zoom)

Did you know that, since the pandemic began, a growing group of WRT congregants and guests have been studying Talmud online with Rabbi Blake?  We'd love for you to join and discover the intellectual, emotional, and spiritual puzzles, mysteries, and treasures of learning Talmud in a congregational setting. 

All are welcome; no prior experience with Jewish learning is required; texts are presented in English with Rabbi Blake often referencing the Hebrew and Aramaic text for clarity).  

Upcoming dates for August 31 and September 7 (Elul Week 4) (co-taught by Cantor Amanda Kleinman)

*Do you have a child/children in college?* 

Please let us know their mailing addresses for this school year, so the WRT Youth Committee can send them holiday gifts throughout the year. Please don’t tell - we want it to be a surprise! 

Please provide the following information for your student(s):

Name, School, School Address, move-in date, winter break dates, spring break dates, Graduation year, will they be abroad this year (which semester), and any food allergies.

Please email this information by August 26th to jodiruzumna@gmail.com

Cooking4HOPE, Hot Meals

Monday, August 28, 10 am – 12 pm, Westchester Reform Temple Kitchen

Sign up to join other members of the WRT community to cook a hot dinner, make sandwiches, and pack sandwich bags for HOPE Community Services. You can also sign up to bake desserts to be included in the sandwich bags, to shop for groceries, or to deliver the sandwiches to HOPE.  Sign up here. Please consider volunteering for a leadership role in Cooking4Hope. Contact sharon.stiefel@wrtemple.org to volunteer or learn more.  Cooking4HOPE is funded by WRT’s Food and Housing Insecurity Fund, so please continue to support these efforts by contributing to the Fund.

WRJ Honey Sale for a Sweet New Year!

100% Organic local Hudson Valley Honey directly from the bees to you!

Order deadline extended to September 6th! Click here for more information.

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High Holiday Tickets Registration

Please note this is open to WRT Members, as part of their High Holiday Ticket selection. This will take place the same time as the 11:45 am Late Morning Service.

Yom Kippur Day Study Session at 11:45 am

with Rabbi Rick Jacobs

"50 Years Since the Yom Kippur War: What’s Changed?"

Join Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the URJ (Union for Reform Judaism) and Rabbi Emeritus, Westchester Reform Temple for a Yom Kippur Discussion and Study Session.

Fifty years ago on Yom Kippur we were scared to death; we sang Avinu Malkeinu while listening to the radio for the latest news. The trauma of that Yom Kippur is etched permanently upon the psyche of each one of us old enough to remember. But today there are more of us who don’t remember that moment, or that Israel. We’ll explore what has changed in these past 50 years. How has the State of Israel changed? How has our relationship to Israel changed? These are just some of the questions we will grapple with on the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. 

Rabbi Rick Jacobs is the President of the Union for Reform Judaism and in this capacity has engaged significantly with the situation in Israel for the past year. He served as Senior Rabbi of Westchester Reform Temple from 1991-2011.

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