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A message from Rabbi Jonathan Blake


Tonight, when the sun sets, the Jewish calendar will invite us to observe a too-often-overlooked holiday: Tu B’Av (the 15th day of the month of Av), which might best be described as “Jewish Valentine’s Day.” It’s our holiday dedicated to Love. 

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Shabbat and Holiday Services

Shabbat Evening Services Outdoors

Friday, August 12 at 6:15 pm (*in-person outdoors or live streamed) 

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A new opportunity to celebrate a special moment.

Celebrate an upcoming simcha or honor someone you love by sponsoring a Shabbat or Holiday Oneg at WRT.

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* Join us at our outdoor tent for services.  If there is a forecast of storms, we will move services indoors to our spacious Sanctuary, where masks will be required for attendees and everyone is expected to be vaccinated and boosted (if eligible).

Torah Study

Saturday, August 13 at 9:00 am (in-person 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.  

Zoom Link for Torah Study

Programs and Special Events

Cooking4HOPE: Sandwich Making

Saturday, August 13, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, under the WRT Tent

 

Volunteer to be a shopper, baker, sandwich bag maker, and/or driver. Our goal is to make 500 sandwich bags that will be provided to participants of HOPE Community Services in New Rochelle throughout the week. Please sign up here or email Sharon Stiefel for more information.  

The One Jewish Book That Will Change Your Life

A Deep Reading of Pirkei Avot, "The Wisdom of the Ancestors"

Thursdays, August 18 and 25 at 10:15 am (Zoom)


Rabbi Blake will guide us in interpreting one of the most important texts in Jewish life, Pirkei Avot, which is part of the Mishna and which continues to provide invaluable wisdom for leading a life of righteousness, purpose, and Jewish joy. All are welcome. No Hebrew or Jewish text experience is required. Please register for the Zoom link at https://form.jotform.com/wrt/mishna.

WRT is excited to announce a music series for the 2022-2023 calendar year.


We know that music has immense power to connect us, lift us up, and inspire us, and what better way to be in community than to experience the beauty of music with fellow congregants and leading Jewish artists, cantors, and composers!


To discover the rest of our wonderful artists in this series, please visit the website, https://bit.ly/3MSTYfV

Tikkun Olam (Repair of the World)

To learn more about the ways that the WRT community impacts the broader world through acts of Tikkun Olam, read Repairing Our World - WRT Social Impact Update. In this blog, Sharon Stiefel, WRT's Director of Social Impact and Community Engagement, reflects on WRT's social action programming. and discusses further opportunities to engage in tzedakah, chesed and tzedek. Click here to read.

Voter Registration Postcard Writing Campaign

Wednesday, August 24, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, in-person at WRT


We are continuing our Voter Registration efforts, with the Religious Action Center effort Every Vote, Every Voice, in partnership with the Center for Common Ground’s Reclaim Our Vote Campaign to engage under-represented voters. Volunteers will be provided with instructions, a script, key information, voter addresses, and postcards. If you plan to attend and/or would like to donate stamps, email Sharon Stiefel. Before attending, please watch the TRAINING VIDEO.


A light brunch will be served for the volunteers. All ages are welcome! If you are unable to attend but would like a postcard kit, you can order kits here and register as a member of the Postcard Group Westchester Reform Temple.

Second Life Medical Supplies Drive

Now – August 31

 

Afya Foundation is collecting medical supplies to be shipped overseas to support Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees. You can drop off any of the pre-approved items listed in the bin located at the front of WRT starting on July 5. The items requested are: pill organizers, thermometers (no mercury), stethoscopes, nebulizers, bed pans (new), wheelchairs (non-electric), canes, walkers, crutches, magnifier glasses, and reading glasses. For more information, please contact Sharon Stiefel.  

WRT is committed to pursuing tikkun olam (repairing the world) and tzedek (social justice) for impact locally, statewide, nationally, and globally through direct service, tzedakah, advocacy, and community organizing.  

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Donation sites for Ukraine

Please join WRT in sending support, through our partners listed below:


UJA-NY (our local Jewish Federation

 

JDC (Joint Distribution Committee)

 

Jewish Agency for Israel (North American)

 

World Union for Progressive Judaism Ukraine Crisis Fund 

Visit the Early Childhood Center (ECC)

Go to the ECC

Visit the Jewish Learning Lab (JLL)

Go to the JLL

For WRT members: If you would like to receive notifications of birth announcements and deaths within the WRT community, please email receptionist@wrtemple.org with your full name and email address. Please specify if you would like to be added to one or both of these notification lists.  


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