February 18, 2021
Like so many of you, baking has become part of my regular routine during Covid. It's been particularly fun to make Challah every week, which is a team effort in the Levy family. First thing Friday morning along with whichever Levy son is awake at the time (Ezra loves to watch the KitchenAid mix the dough!), I begin the prep work for the weekly challah. I no longer even need the recipe, as I keep adding flour to the dough until it looks right. As the dough rises throughout the day, Kate, the artist in the family, takes over and braids it beautifully, dusting the four loaves with Turbinado Sugar, Za'atar, or Everything bagel spice depending on the week.

Each week, this ritual helps me to find my way into Shabbat. I hope each of you find your entry point into Shabbat tomorrow, that you find some space to pause and appreciate the little things, like the smell of bread in the oven. Shabbat Shalom!
Worship
Shabbat Evening Service
Friday, February 19 at 6:15 pm

Our evening Kabbalat Shabbat worship takes place every Friday at 6:15 pm. Participate alongside fellow congregants via Zoom (passcode: Shabbat). Or join us on any of our live-streaming platforms: Facebook, YouTube, or StreamSpot
Upcoming at WRT
Great Israeli Poets with Professor Rachel Korazim, Ph.D.
Thursday, February 18 and Tuesday, February 23 at 2:00 pm
 
Renowned Professor of Israeli Literature, Dr. Rachel Korazim, presents the great Israeli poets. Class is taught in English, over Zoom, featuring performances by Israeli musicians. Join an international audience for any/all of these fascinating sessions. Program is scheduled for every Tuesday and Thursday. Watch the eblast and calendar for dates.
WRJ's Mussar Meditation
led by Sasha Baken, rabbinical student
Friday, February 19 at 12:00 pm (via Zoom)
 
Mussar asks that we engage in thoughtful interaction with our soul traits (middot). We will examine lessons from Jewish scripture and apply techniques like journaling, chanting and meditating as methods to balance our middot. Sponsored by WRJ. Open to the community. Please click here to register.   
Torah Study
Saturdays, February 20, 27 and March 6 at 9:00 am (via 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; just come as you are, with an open mind!
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Racial Justice Working Group -- reading group discussion
Monday, February 22 at 7:30 pm (via Zoom)
Meeting ID: 966 7641 3087 Passcode: a8Dud6
 
Join WRT's Racial Justice Working Group for conversation about the books and articles that members of the group have been reading together. Contact Rabbi Reiser at rabbi.reiser@wrtemple.org for more information.
Spend Purim in Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda Market!
Thursday, February 25 at 10:30 am (via Zoom)

Join Rabbi Levy and Chef Iris as we take a trip to Israel. You will have the opportunity to meet the people of
the market, and hear their stories, as we walk together through this iconic shuk. Presented by the Freebirds. $36 registration, which includes a Zoom link and a bag of edible goodies that can be enjoyed as we travel through the market. Pickup of goodies will be on February 24 at a Scarsdale location. Sign-up here.

Wacky Hamentashen Making
Thursday, February 25 at 4:00 pm
Join with our WRT community as we spend the start of Purim (begins at sundown on February 25) baking WACKY Hamentashen together! 

Save a few for your family and friends and do a mitzvah. Deliver Mishloach Manot (a Purim gift) with a card to bring the joy of the season to those that need it most.
Recipe and Zoom will be sent following sign-up. Join the fun here!
Purim in the House
Friday, February 26
Pop on your PJs...or costume! Put on your mask...the festive kind! Join us for one AMAZING night with three FANTSTIC ways to celebrate Purim!
Pre-Shabbat Song Session - Purim Style, 4:00 - 4:30 pm
  • Join Zoom Meeting ID: 938 7063 8534 Passcode: 5vhXD6
Kabbalat Shabbat and Purim Spiel 6:15 - 7:30 pm
Pour Some Purim on Me, 7:30 - 8:30 pm Find your ingredient list here.
Purim-Palooza: Drive Thru Edition
Sunday, February 28
9:30 am - Online Family Purim Service, Spiel & Megillah Reading

10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Community Purim Drive Thru Carnival in the WRT Parking Lot!
Come in Costume! Decorate your car! Games! Music! And More!
Please arrive using this schedule using the first letter of your family's last name:
  • 10:30 - 11:00 am A-D 
  • 11:00 - 11:30 am E-H 
  • 11:30 am - Noon I-L
  • Noon - 12:30 pm M-R 
  • 12:30 - 1:00 pm S-Z
Note: Bring diapers as a donation for our Diaper Dunk game and donation to 914 Cares.
Campfire with the Cantors Part 2:
From Debbie Friedman (z"l) to Dan Nichols 
Sunday, February 28, 7:30 pm (via Zoom)

Gather ‘round the (virtual) campfire with Cantor Amanda Kleinman and Cantor Danielle Rodnizki as we discuss how Debbie’s life and work paved the way for a new Jewish sound in every era, influenced by trends in secular music. We will hear many favorite songs and the stories behind them. No charge for this event. Presented by the FreeBirds. Sign-up here.
Save the Date

Morgan & Marjorie Miller Scholar-in-Residence Program, and Tribute to Marcy R. Harris
Sunday, May 16
2:30pm -- Presentation by Dr. Andrew Rehfeld
4:00pm -- Tribute to Marcy R. Harris
The entire WRT community is invited to join us for an afternoon of learning as we honor Marcy R. Harris for her four years of service as WRT's synagogue president. Thanks to the generosity to the Morgan & Marjorie Miller Scholar-in-Residence Fund, our guest presenter will be Dr. Andrew Rehfeld, president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion -- where Marcy serves as Vice Chair of the Eastern Region Board of Overseers. We will celebrate Marcy's accomplishments, thank her for her leadership, and continue to dedicate ourselves as a congregation to the highest caliber of Jewish learning through Dr. Rehfeld's teaching.
G’milut Chasadim (Acts of Kindness)
COVID Vaccine Information Help for Seniors
Attention Seniors: Are you having difficulty navigating the system to reserve a covid vaccine? WRT’s Caring Community can provide help with registration. If you need assistance, contact Caring Community volunteer Rachel Hyman, rachelhyman@optonline.net, 917-734-1168.
Cooking4HOPE - Volunteers Needed 
 
Cooking4HOPE partners with organizations who distribute food and necessities within their communities. Three of our partners have asked for help to prepare and distribute food at their banks or deliver to home-bound families:
HOPE Community Services, New Rochelle www.hopecommunityservices.org,
Caritas/Meals on Main St, Port Chester www.mealsonmainst.org,
The Community Center of Northern Westchester, Katonah www.communitycenternw.org.
Please, click a link ....be there 4Hope. All sites practice Covid-19 safety.
Jewish Learning Lab and Early Childhood Center
Pre-Shabbat Song Session for young families!
Fridays at 4:00 pm (please note no Pre-Shabbat on Feb. 19)
All our young families and their friends are invited to join with Cantor Kleinman, Cantorial Intern Isaac Sonett-Assor and Song Leader Kayla Gitlin to bring in Shabbat each week. Join the zoom meeting here:
·        Join Zoom Meeting
·        Meeting ID: 938 7063 8534  Passcode: 5vhXD6
You can also join on Facebook Live or WRT's YouTube Channel.
ECC Summer PlayPlace
Registration for our Summer Play Place 7 week program, June 28 - August 13, 2021, is now open. Contact Ellen.Rosenberg@wrtemple.org for more details.
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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. 

Online Learning
Looking for other ways to connect with and learn from your clergy? We are happy to share recordings of our adult education classes and other engaging experiences on WRT's very own YouTube Channel - please click here.
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.
URJ North East Camps: Join 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.