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A message from Rabbi Sasha Baken

In this week's Parashat Naso, we read about the communal duties for the Tabernacle, all of which are divided among the levitical tribes. Many of these responsibilities revolve around its decor. For example, the Gershonite clans were charged to carry its coverings made of leather skins. The Merarites were commanded to handle all tasks related to the pegs, cords, bars, posts, and the sockets of Tabernacle.

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Shabbat and Holiday Services

Confirmation Service and Congregational Shavuot Service with Yizkor

Thursday, May 25 at 6:00 pm

Over the past year, our 10th grade Confirmation students have been learning, engaging in community service, and building community with one another — in preparation for their Confirmation service. Join us as this remarkable group of teenagers leads the congregation in prayer, study, and song — and they take on a new mantle of Jewish leadership. This service will be our congregational observance of Shavuot and will include Yizkor memorial prayers.

Shabbat Service

Friday, May 26 at 6:15 pm

Friday night services will be held in the tent, where masks are optional and everyone is expected to be vaccinated and boosted (if eligible).  

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We invite you to celebrate a special moment with us.

Would you like to celebrate a special occasion for your family? Consider sharing it with the congregation by sponsoring an Oneg following Friday night services at WRT.

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Torah Study

Saturday, May 27 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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Programs and Special Events

WRJ Shavuot Celebration and Study Session with Rabbi Blake

Tuesday, May 30 at 6:00 pm

Join us for our general membership meeting, light dinner, and a study session with Rabbi Jonathan Blake. Please RSVP by May 26th.

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MRJ Brunch with guest speaker Fred Price

Sunday, June 4 at 11:00 am

Author and WRT member Fredric Price will speak on the art of fiction writing (novels and screenplays). Under the pseudonym David Hirshberg, he has published 2 literary novels, My Mother’s Son (2018) and Jacobo’s Rainbow (2021) - each won nine literary awards. His writing can be characterized as historical literary fiction that focuses on the American Jewish experience. 

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Gather Against Hate

Tuesday, June 6, 2023, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Richard J. Daronco Westchester County Courthouse Plaza, 111 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, White Plains, NY


Join Rabbi Sasha Baken and Sharon Stiefel, WRT Director of Social Impact and Community Engagement at Westchester’s 2ndAnnual Gather Against Hate, a public gathering to show hate has no home in Westchester County. Sign up here!

An Evening with Sharsheret : A Discussion about Genetic Testing, Stigmas, and Socioeconomic Implications

Thursday, June 8, 2023, 7:00 – 8:00 pm (Zoom) 


Organized by Scarsdale HS Junior and WRT member Drew Siegel, the conversation will address genetic testing and the role of socioeconomic status and stigmas, including the impact of cancer genetics in women and men. Joan Frankle, a cancer survivor, advocate, and Sharsheret volunteer, will join Sharsheret's Peggy Cottrell and Dr. Melissa Frey, Weill Cornell Medical Center gynecologic oncologist who focuses on cancer genetics. Questions? Email Sharon Stiefel

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WRT 2023 Mitzvah Fair – Keep Bringing the Light

Thank you to the WRT volunteers and participants, and the local organizations for making the WRT 2023 Mitzvah Fair a huge success. In addition to learning and being together, we made 300 sandwich bags for HOPE Community Services, raised $200 for Global Disaster Relief (Afya Foundation), Climate (RAC-NY), and Local Food Insecurity (Feeding Westchester) through Pie in the Face with Rabbi Leah Citrin, Rabbi Sasha Baken, and WRT President Warren Haber; made welcome to camp cards for Project Morry participants (Children’s Hope Chest); donated 226 pounds of food to Feeding Westchester, and decorated a Pride banner that will hang outside the WRT Sanctuary for Pride Shabbat on June 9. This is in addition to the goods collected and donated to NewFlex Youth ProgramsFamily Services of WestchesterSharing Shelf, and My Sister’s Place


For those of you who could not attend, check out the Mitzvah Fair Program and learn about the organizations that joined us.  You can also continue the work by signing up for a WRT Mitzvah Day at Afya Foundation on June 16 and Grassroots Grocery on July 15. This event was made possible by your generous support of the WRT Social Impact and Community Engagement Fund.

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