January 20, 2022
A message from Rabbi David Levy

"When I took him in, I stayed with him. Making tea was an opportunity for me to talk with him, and in that moment I didn't hear anything suspicious." ~Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker

I've been thinking a lot about this first interaction between Rabbi Cytron-Walker on Saturday morning. Read more...
Shabbat Evening Services (live streamed)
Friday, January 21 at 6:15 pm

With the advice of the medical experts on our Reopening Task Force, we are taking some additional precautions to provide for the health and safety of our community. As a result, our Friday Night services will be brought to you online only, until the end of January. We hope to resume in-person services again very soon.  Join us on any of our live-streaming platforms: Facebook, YouTube, or StreamSpot
Torah Study
Saturday, January 22 at 9:00 am
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. 
Sharing Shabbat
Saturday, January 22

Our engaging, musical Shabbat service for children in Grades K-6 and their families is open to the congregation and community. This week we will pray together via Zoom. JLL learning and Adult Study will take place in-person and masked on our campus. See below for more information. 
  •  9:00-10:00 am – ZOOM service at this link
  • 10:00-10:30 am – Time to eat on your own and drive to WRT
For JLL students:
  • 10:30 am-12:00 pm – JLL Learning in person at WRT (all must be masked)
For adults:
  • 10:30-11:00 am – Coffee & schmoozing in person at WRT (outdoors)
  • 11:00-12:00 pm – Opportunity to debrief and be together following the events in Colleyville, TX last weekend in person at WRT (all must be masked)
Upcoming at WRT
Bible as Literature, led by Rabbi Reiser
Thursday, January 20 at 10:15 am (via Zoom)
Meeting ID: 835 386 7993 Password: 287157

Back by popular demand! The Bible has been referred to as the world’s best selling, least read book. In this five-week course, we will study the first five chapters of the Book of Genesis (our origin stories), with an eye towards their literary character. 
MRJ presents Update from Israel
Sunday, January 23 at 1:00 pm (via Zoom)

Please join this webinar with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) and Chair of the Board of Women of the Wall, and Advocate Orly Erez-Likhovski, Director of IRAC. The speakers will present and discuss the question asked “is the Israeli Government walking away from the agreement on an egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel?” Register here for link.
FreeBirds present Debbie Friedman (z"l) Tribute Concert
Sunday, January 23 at 7:00 pm (via Zoom)
Join Cantor Rodnizki for a special digital tribute concert by Bat Ella commemorating 11 years since the passing of Debbie Friedman (z"l). Bat Ella, an Israeli singer and a friend of Debbie, took Debbie's creative English interpretations of sacred text and translated her lyrics back into Hebrew. Watch the video for a preview. Please contact Lori Gertzog with any questions: lori.gertzog@gmail.com
WRJ Winter Meeting and Program "The Word Mavens"
Tuesday, January 25 (via Zoom)
General Meeting at 6:45 pm, Program at 7:00 pm

The Word Mavens, Joyce Eisenberg & Ellen Scolnic, will entertain and share with you with their humorous, fact‑filled stories, Yiddishisms, beloved traditions and little-known facts they uncovered while writing their best-selling Dictionary of Jewish Words and their book of stories, The Whole Spiel: Funny essays about digital nudniks, seder selfies and chicken soup memories. Click here to register.
Parental Loss Support Group
Wednesday, January 26 at 11:30 am (via Zoom)

This Support Group meets to create community for those in mourning over the loss of a parent, and to help find comfort and process feelings of loss through caring discussion and in sacred Jewish context. Led by Jane Slevin, LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist from Westchester Jewish Community Services), and Cantor Laura Stein, LMSW, a social worker who specializes in spiritual care. Please RSVP to Suzanne.Saperstein@wrtemple.org.
Rosh Chodesh 5782
Led by Cantor Rodnizki
Tuesday, February 1 at 11:30 am (via Zoom)
Join Cantor Rodnizki and a diverse group of women for a monthly, midday infusion of community, ritual, sharing, and study as we mark each new month on the Hebrew calendar. This year, Rosh Chodesh will include opportunities to learn in the style of our “And She Said” class, to celebrate happy occasions, and to hold space for one another in times of challenge or healing. To be added to the email list and receive the Zoom link, please email Suzanne.Saperstein@wrtemple.org.
WRJ Havdalah with Cantor Rodnizki
Saturday, February 5 at 7:30 pm (via Zoom) 

Join Cantor Rodnizki, WRJ and friends, as we bid farewell to Shabbat with one of Judaism’s most beautiful rituals, the ceremony of Havdalah. As the symbols of Havdalah engage our senses and its beautiful melodies feed our souls, we’ll explore how this brief but powerful ritual can nourish our spirits for the week ahead. All are welcome. Click here to RSVP.
Tikkun Olam (Repair of the World)
Cooking4HOPE in the Cold!

Thanks to more than 40 volunteer families and friends, we packed 1376 lunch and snack bags for our special MLK Loving Our Neighbor initiative. Our bakers prepared about 1000 baked goods as well. These numbers were more than twice our average weekly “productivity” on a meaningful day for all of us to walk the talk in celebrating MLK Jr.

With your help in supporting WRT’s Hungry and Homeless Fund or in volunteering to pack, bake or shop for supplies, we can continue through the coming cold months. New packers and bakers can sign up with Debra Kolodner (debra.kolodner@gmail.com) to receive our weekly email; new shoppers can volunteer by writing to Yoel.magid@gmail.com. Next week we will report on our efforts to make our lunch bags healthier and more nutritious.
Early Childhood Center (ECC) and Jewish Learning Lab (JLL)
ECC registration for the 2022-2023 school year
Registration is now ongoing for everyone.
For additional information, please contact Ellen.Rosenberg@wrtemple.org.

Our 2022 ECC Summer Play Place camp is currently available for registration.
JLL is back on campus this week!
Please see the JLL Eblast for details. Questions? Email JLLAdmin@wrtemple.org.
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.