WRT Weekly Update - November 9, 2017                                                        This week's Torah portion 

Shabbat Services

Shabbat Service - Chai Society Shabbat
Friday, November 10 at 7:45 pm
WRT's Chai Society honors longstanding members of the WRT family with 18 years or more of tenure. This year the Class of 1999 will be called to the bimah for a blessing along with the entire Chai Society cohort. The service will feature liturgical compositions of Pete Malinverni and our adult choir will participate.  A reservation-only dinner for Chai Society members will precede services. 

Torah Study
Saturday, November 11 at 9:00 am

Sharing Shabbat
Saturday, November 11 at 9:00 am

Upcoming at WRT

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Reform Judaism
led by Rabbi Jonathan Blake
Thursday, November 9 at 9:30 am
Rabbi Blake's fourth class "Reform Judaism From 1972 to Today" is part of a comprehensive series about Reform Jewish history, heritage, values, principles, and projections for the future, culminating in a spotlight on WRT and its role in our Movement. The last class will meet November 30.

WRJ General Meeting
Thursday, November 9 at 12:30 pm
WRJ members are invited to attend the general meeting, followed by a baking demo with Evelyn Stock.

Shabbat in Jerusalem led by Yoel Magid
Saturday, November 11, at 11:15 am
Yoel will continue discussing Israel's most celebrated writer, Amos Oz, who explores Jerusalem and the changing personality of Zionism in his early novel  My Michael, his autobiographical A Tale of Love and Darkness, and his most recent novel Judas

Aging Well Series -  Trigger Events
Sunday, November 12 at 10:00 am
The second of three sessions on the health of both patient and caregiver. Our panel will help prepare us and our loved ones for unanticipated bumps in the road that may cause a sudden decline in health, mobility and/or cognitive impairment.   Click here for more information.

Hebrew Cafe
Monday, November 13 at 2:00 pm
Always wanted to learn conversational Hebrew? Join our Sh'licha (Israeli emissary) Omer Nisanov, every Monday, for conversational Hebrew and coffee. Come add your voice to the conversation! No registration required.
Next meeting is November 27.

Israeli Cooking for Adults with Omer
Tuesday, November 14 at 10:30 am
Omer Nisanov, our Israeli Sh'licha (Israeli emissary), will introduce foods of different cultures within Israel. Through conversation using Hebrew vocabulary, Omer will explain the background of these foods, as well as provide recipes. Next class date is December 12. No registration required.

Rosh Chodesh: 5778 -  Jewish Women and The Refugee Experience
Led by Cantor Amanda Kleinman
Tuesday, November 14 at 11:30 am
Bring your lunch and join others to investigate the topic of women and the refugee crisis across decades. Our text will be Mary Pipher's  The Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees Enter The American Community . Ev eryone is asked to procure their own copy of the book. Next class meets December 19. 

Men's Club Meeting
Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00 pm

Living with Divorce Support Group
Tuesday, November 14 at 7:30 pm
Our monthly support and discussion group led by Jane Slevin, LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist), from Westchester Jewish Community Services. Participate in a conversation and connect with others facing similar challenges. For those at all stages of the divorce process. 

Evening Book Club
Tuesday, November 14 at 7:30 pm
Our discussion for this month's reading is  Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig. Please RSVP to Lenore Rosenbaum at papoobeads@optonline.net

And She Said: Women's Commentaries on the Bible
Led by Eliana Fischel, WRT Rabbinic Intern
Wednesday, November 15 at 11:00 am
This class uses  The Torah: A Women's Commentary , Nehama Leibowitz's interpretations, and Judith Plaskow's philosophy to understand important Biblical passages from the feminine and feminist perspectives. Next class meets December 13.

WRJ Book Group
Thursday, November 16 at 9:45 am
Join us in a discussion of  House of Spies by Daniel Silva. RSVP is not required. 

Lunch & Learn with award-winning author Ayelet Tsabari
moderated by Rabbi Blake
Thursday, November 16, 12:00 pm to 1:45 pm
Ayelet Tsabari, author of  The Best Place on Earth: Stories , will discuss the influence of her writing from her upbringing as an Israeli-Canadian born of a Yemenite Jewish family. You can read more about this remarkable new talent in literature at www.ayelettsabari.com. You are welcome to bring your lunch, and dessert will be provided courtesy of WRJ. To RSVP click here. 

Thanksgiving Dinner for the Visually Impaired
Thursday, November 16 at 6:00 pm
The WRJ has sponsored this social action event for more than 30 years for guests who are blind or visually impaired, their families and aides. It is a catered holiday dinner plated and served by the WRJ and JLL students. For questions, contact Harriet Rachlin at drachlin@optonline.net.

Night of Jewish Learning and Celebration
at Beth El Synagogue Center in New Rochelle
Saturday, November 18 at 7:00 pm 
Enjoy an evening of learning with 30 participating area rabbis. The community is encouraged to attend, but please note WRT clergy cannot participate because of the annual Confirmation Retreat Weekend. For more information visit www.wjcouncil.org.

Scarsdale-Hartsdale Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El, 2 Ogden Road, Scarsdale 
Sunday, November 19 at 7:00 pm 
Join local interfaith neighbors for a beloved community tradition in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Scarsdale-Hartsdale Interfaith Clergy Association will lead an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service that will be filled with uplifting and diverse music, words of wisdom, and reflection. A reception will follow.

Thursday, November 23 - Building closed
Friday, November 24 - Building opens for 6:15 pm Early Shabbat Service

ECC Registration for Fall 2018 Begins
Registration is open to the public.  For more information, please contact Sue Tolchin, ECC Director, at 723-5493.

2017 Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Biennial in Boston, MA
December 6 - 10, 2017
At the largest Jewish gathering in North America, 5,000 attendees will come together to worship, learn, sing, build community, and shape the future of the Reform Movement. Visit www.URJ.org for more information and to register.

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. 

Westchester Reform Temple is committed to the value of inclusion, and strives to make worship and programming fully accessible. Our building and bima are wheelchair accessible, and the sanctuary is equipped with assistive listening devices and large-print prayer books. ASL interpretation is available for any worship service upon request, and remote viewing of most services is available via webcasting from our website. If you need any additional accommodations to participate in a temple program, please contact Cantor Amanda Kleinman.

WJCS [Westchester Jewish Community Services] : Through the Partners in Caring Program , WRT is able to offer the support of an onsite Social Worker from WJCS, as well as offer social services to congregants in need.

UJA-Federation of NY: We are grateful for a special grant to enable and empower WRT to be the most inclusive congregation we can be. UJA-Federation also facilitates our partnership with the Jewish Deaf Resource Center,  to provide ASL interpretation on demand at services and WRT programs.

URJ [Union for Reform Judaism]: Our Reform Movement's synagogue arm; WRT is a proud member of the URJ and celebrates the leadership of URJ President, WRT Rabbi Emeritus Rick Jacobs.

HUC-JIR [Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion]: WRT supports the HUC-JIR, the official training ground for Reform Jewish professionals, and celebrates the leadership of its President, our congregant, Rabbi Aaron D. Panken.

URJ North East CampsJoin us at Crane Lake Camp, Eisner Camp or 6 Points Sci-Tech for an unforgettable summer of discovery and fun. Become a better athlete, artist or scientist while making lifelong friends. Be part of a community of kindness where self-esteem blossoms and Jewish life is truly joyous.   
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