November 18, 2021
A message from Cantor Danielle Rodnizki

Long estranged because of Jacob’s deceit in taking both Esau’s birthright and blessing, Jacob suddenly discovers that Esau is on his way to greet him… along with 400 men. Read more...
Shabbat Evening Service
Friday, November 19 at 6:15 pm

Join us in our Main Sanctuary for services, where Vaccinations and Masks are both required for everyone. (Unvaccinated children under 12 years old may attend if certain testing requirements are met - please contact to learn more about this accommodation.) Distanced seating will be made available.
Our evening Kabbalat Shabbat worship takes place every Friday at 6:15 pm. Participate alongside fellow congregants in-person (see above), or join us on any of our live-streaming platforms: Facebook, YouTube, or StreamSpot
Torah Study
Saturday, November 20 at 9:00
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 Havdalah
Saturday, November 20 at 5:00 pm

This Saturday, Sharing Shabbat will meet in the evening for a special Family Havdalah program. We will mark the end of Shabbat and the beginning of the new week together, enjoy some special treats outdoors, and provide meaningful learning and fun for our JLL students and, separately, for their grown-ups. Contact Cantor Rodnizki at for more information.
Nominating Committee for 2022-23
We are pleased to announce the members of the Nominating Committee, who will recommend a slate of WRT trustees and officers for 2022-23: Matthew Levine, Chair (, Bill Blumstein (, Joanne Citrin (, David Peretz (, Caryn Silverman Pitchon (, Samantha Reemer (, and Brooke Vaupen (

Members are welcome to suggest themselves or others for consideration by the Nominating Committee. Please contact any of the Nominating Committee members directly with your questions or suggestions.    
Upcoming at WRT
Mishna: The Building Blocks of Jewish Life
Led by Rabbi Jonathan Blake
Thursday, November 18 at 10:15 am (via Zoom)

This program continues taking us into a detailed analysis of the most important and influential book of Rabbinic Literature, the Mishna (“Teaching”), which itself becomes the cornerstone of the Talmud. The Mishna was compiled in the early-mid 3rd Century (CE) and reflects generations of Rabbinic teaching. Click here to register
Nourish, Move, Engage: Vegan Shabbat Cooking
Friday, November 19 at 11:00 am (via Zoom)

With Thanksgiving around the corner, Chef Jen Rossano and Rabbi Levy will share some recipes and some cooking insight on how to bring more vegan and vegetarian options to your holiday table. Please sign up, and we will send you a shopping list and Zoom link so that you can join us! Sign-up here.
Night of Jewish Learning and Celebration 2.0
Saturday, November 20 at 7:30 pm (via Zoom)

Rabbi Blake will be teaching a class at the upcoming Night of Learning, along with other members of the Westchester Board of Rabbis. There will be over 20 different classes offered in two session, at 7:30 and 8:30 pm. Sign-up at to receive the links.
Connections to Team Israel
Sunday, November 21, from 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Spend an afternoon listening and talking with Robb Paller, an American baseball player, whose life experiences led him to play for Team Israel at the Tokyo Olympics this year! This event is sponsored by Men of Reform Judaism. More details here. Cost is $18 per family. Sign-up here.
Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 25 - Building closed

Friday, November 26 - Office closed
Shabbat Evening Service at 6:15pm
Israel on Campus: A Roundtable Discussion
Friday, November 26, from 4:45 - 6:15 pm

Join Rabbi Blake and Justin Ellis, Executive Director of Fuel for Truth, for a roundtable discussion for college and high school students and their parents. Refreshments will be provided at this outdoor event. Program will be followed by Shabbat Services.
Men of Reform Judaism Meeting
Tuesday, November 30 at 7:00 pm

Come join the MRJ for the monthly meeting, where we kibbitz and plan the many events and activities held throughout the year. We meet on campus at WRT. Please let us know you are planning to attend, click here. 
Freebird Chanukah Drop-in with Rabbi Blake
Thursday, December 2 at 6:30 pm, outside under the tent

Chanukah Candle Lighting at 7:00pm, light snacks and warm beverages. Gift exchange...bring a new, wrapped book. Bring one, take one (per person). Please register here.
Community Outdoor Menorah Lighting
Friday, December 3 at 5:45 pm
followed by Shabbat Service at 6:15 pm

Gather with your WRT community on our campus to celebrate the Festival of Lights by kindling our giant, outdoor Chanukah menorah! Hot chocolate and jelly donut holes will be served.
WRJ Havdalah with Cantor Kleinman and Cantor Rodnizki
Saturday, December 4 at 7:30 pm by Zoom
Join the WRT Cantors, 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.
G’milut Chasadim (Acts of Kindness)

WRT Thanksgiving Gifts to Westchester Neighbors
Thanks to the remarkable response of our members and clergy, we are providing 56 supermarket gift cards to help Mt Vernon and New Rochelle families enjoy a full Thanksgiving dinner! In addition, WRT’s Hungry & Homeless Fund made a cash donation to HOPE that will provide turkeys to more than 100 additional families. Please keep our Hungry & Homeless Fund in mind for end-of year donations.

Cooking in the Kitchen Coordinators Needed
We’re returning to cook lasagna, veggies and prepare salads and cookies in the WRT kitchen on the last Monday of each month. But it’s time for a generational change in coordinating this great initiative.

We need 1-2 shoppers (Costco on Friday or Saturday delivering to WRT) and 1-2 coordinators on the last Monday of each month from 9-12 to coordinate the volunteer cookers. Good company, great satisfaction promised.

If you’d like to step up on our Tikkun Olam ladder, please contact 
Yoel Magid at or Kristin Friedman at or Debbie Radov at
WRT ECC Social Action Committee 
As we enter the holiday season, the WRT ECC Social Action Committee encourages you to teach your kids about giving back to those who are less fortunate. Please donate however you can and feel free to share with your networks! We appreciate your support.

  • Please click here to donate a gift to the JCCA (select Sandi's address at check-out and please purchase before 11/28). The JCCA is a residential treatment facility for abused, neglected, or otherwise traumatized children not suited for traditional foster care.
  • Please click here to donate a gift for families in need at the Bronx Y in partnership with Children's Hope Chest (select Janet's address at check-out and please purchase before 12/12)These gifts are distributed at a special holiday event that is always extremely appreciated by the families.

Please contact Social Action Chairs Alex Edelman, Drew Kramer, or Lauren Tetenbaum Dorman for more information or to get involved, and please stay tuned on ways you can support other organizations this year! Happy holidays!
Tikkun Olam (Repair of the World)
Monthly Mitzvah:

Children's and Adult's Winter Coats & Sweaters
For the month of November, the Monthly Mitzvah will be collecting new and gently used winter coats and sweaters for children and adults in need from our Westchester communities. Drop-off coats and sweaters in the drawers by the front entrance of the Temple.

Collecting Toys for the Holidays
For the month of November and December we will be participating in a holiday toy drive with WJCS. The gifts will be sent to residents of the Pleasantville Cottage School. Toys can be left in the Monthly Mitzvah bins in the main lobby. If you would like to donate toys online, information can be found here.
Jewish Learning Lab (JLL) and Early Childhood Center (ECC)
Westchester Jewish Basketball League
We are excited to announce that the basketball season will begin January 3 for grades 5 thru 12. Coaches and assistants are needed. If you are interested, please contact Gil Fishman at or 914-393-5733.
BetterTogether: Community from Generation to Generation 
The BetterTogether program, run through WRT’s Jewish Learning Lab, seeks to create intergenerational relationships within our community. We believe that everyone has the ability to connect, come together, pray and learn. This year-long program creates life long memories and mentorship opportunities. If you are a senior or a teen looking for the opportunity to engage in services, social action and learning, e-mail  
ECC registration for the 2022-2023 school year
Registration is now ongoing for everyone.
For additional information, please contact
For WRT members: If you would like to receive notifications of birth announcements and deaths within the WRT community, please email 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.