October 7, 2021
A message from Rabbi Daniel Reiser

This week, we read the story of Noah’s Ark. The Torah describes Noah as “the most righteous person in his generation.” This epithet led the ancient Rabbis to ask: Was Noah truly righteous -- or just relatively righteous, when compared to the other people of his generation? (Remember, of course, that the others of his generation were washed away with a flood on account of their transgressions.) Read more...
Worship
Connections Shabbat 
Friday, October 8, from 5:30 - 6:00 pm

Designed for families with children ages eight and younger, the service starts with songs and stories led by our clergy, followed by a family-friendly dinner. Children must be accompanied by an adult for this evening (no drop-offs). RSVP by 1:30 pm today (Thursday, Oct. 7) to Ellen.Rosenberg@wrtemple.org, so that we can order enough food for everyone. Join us in-person, or via livestream on our website livestream page.
Shabbat Evening Service
Friday, October 8 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 Suzanne.Saperstein@wrtemple.org 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, October 9 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. 
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Upcoming at WRT
Nourish-Move-Engage: Join the WRT Peloton Challenge!
Thursday, October 7 (click here for schedule)

Join #WRTRiders on Peloton for Monday, Thursday and Sunday team rides OR join on any day or time day you’d like! See the schedule of classes we will take together. If you don’t have a Peloton, you use your own bike and join for free for the month at Onepeloton.com.
Mishna: The Building Blocks of Jewish Life
Led by Rabbi Jonathan Blake
Thursday, October 7 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
Mussar let by Sasha Baken
Friday October 8, 12:00 pm (via Zoom)

Rabbinic student Sasha Baken will lead us in meditation and study using the Mussar method (also spelled Mussar), a Jewish spiritual practice that gives concrete instructions on how to live a meaningful and ethical life. No previous experience is necessary. All are welcome. This class is presented by WRJ. Please register here.
Israel Today! Politics, The Diaspora, The Wall
Sunday, October 10 at 1:00 pm (via Zoom)

Please join Men of Reform Judaism for a conversation with Israel's first Reform Rabbi to be elected to the knesset, Rabbi Gilad Kariv. Rabbi Gilad Kariv, MK in the 24th Knesset, a member of the 36th Israel government and Chair of the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. Click here for registration.
Spousal Loss Support Group 
Wednesday, October 13 at 11:30 am (via Zoom)

The Spousal Loss Support Group will meet for five consecutive weeks to create intentional community for those in mourning over the loss of a spouse or partner. 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.
Shabbat Service and Ritual Installation 
of Assistant Cantor Danielle Rodnizki
Friday, October 15 at 6:15 pm

Come and commemorate a moment of sacred transition, as we formally welcome Cantor Danielle Rodnizki as WRT’s Assistant Cantor. Two of Cantor Rodnizki’s cherished mentors and leading voices in the Jewish world, Cantor Ellen Dreskin and Dan Nichols, will join us to conduct the time-honored ritual of installation. A celebratory community oneg will follow our service.
Sacred Journeys, Sacred Voices: 
A concert in honor of Cantor Rodnizki’s Installation 
Sunday, October 17 at 4:00 pm

We’ll continue the celebration of Cantor Rodnizki’s Installation with an afternoon of story and song, featuring WRT clergy and special guests. Musical selections will honor Cantor Rodnizki’s path to the cantorate, evoking moments of journey and transition that we all experience throughout our lives.
Evening Book Group facilitated by Rabbi Levy
Tuesday, October 19 at 7:30 pm (via Zoom)

Join Rabbi Levy and the Book Group for a discussion on this month's selection “Israel: A Simple Guide To The Most Misunderstood Country On Earth” by Noa Tishby. Open to the community. Please RSVP to Lenore Rosenbaum at papoobeads@optonline.net for the Zoom link.
Living with Divorce Support Group
Wednesday, October 20 at 7:00 pm (via Zoom)
 
WRT is committed to embracing and supporting people as they live through divorce and single parenting, and find their new family rituals in the face of that change. Rabbi Levy and Jane Slevin, LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) from Westchester Jewish Community Service, lead our monthly support group. RSVP to Suzanne.saperstein@wrtemple.org.
ADL and WRT Dialogue with Scott Richman Regional Director of ADL NY/ NJ
Thursday, October 21, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm (via Zoom)

Join WRT and ADL for a dialogue between Rabbi Blake and Scott Richman (Regional Director of ADL NY/NJ), as they discuss the work of ADL, the current landscape of antisemitism and how communities can do more to help. Register here for the event and login information. For more information about Scott, please click here: https://nynj.adl.org/scott-richman-regional-director/

On Friday, October 22nd, at 5:30 pm, please join Rabbi Blake and Scott Richman of the ADL for an intimate dialogue session prior to our 6:15 pm Shabbat service. We will gather outdoors in-person for continued reflection on the how Jewish communities can most effectively meet the challenges of rising antisemitism.
Nourish-Move-Engage:
Pre-Shabbat Outdoor Vinyasa led by Stephanie Simon
Friday, October 22 at 5:15 pm

Congregant and certified yoga teacher Stephanie Simon's class is infused with Jewish spirituality. All are welcome, so invite a friend to join us in this experience! (Please have a towel and blanket for practice.) For questions and to RSVP, please contact Stephanie at sbsnamaste@gmail.com
Blood Drive
Sunday, October 24, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Men's Club and WRJ are co-hosting a blood drive, which is open to WRT and neighboring congregations. “Spend one hour, save up to three lives,” is the reason why! Click here to sign-up on the New York Blood Center website. The Men’s Club will provide bagels, lox, donuts and coffee for all donors.
Nourish-Move-Engage: Bronx River Parkway Ride Together
Sunday, October 24 at 11:30 am

Join WRT for a Wellness Ride on the Bronx River Parkway from 11:30 am - 2:00 pm. Participants are welcome to bike ride, skate, walk or jog along the Bronx River Parkway and stop by for a snack at 239 Fox Meadow Road.
Sharsheret Pink and Teal Shabbat
Friday, October 29 at 6:15 pm

On this special Shabbat we partner with Sharsheret, a Jewish organization that raises awareness of breast and ovarian cancer in the Jewish community and provides support for survivors and their loved ones.
G’milut Chasadim (Acts of Kindness)
Cooking4HOPE Volunteer Opportunities

If you can help with any of the following, please contact Deb Kolodner at debra.kolodner@gmail.com
  • One or two volunteers to help on Sunday mornings from 10-12 at WRT, to help prepare and distribute supplies to our packers every week.
  • Bakers are needed weekly so that every bag we prepare contains a personal touch — cookies, brownies, your baked specialty. Baked goods should be 44 individually wrapped items, delivered to WRT on Sunday between 9-10 AM.
  • We’d love to add packers to our list so we can distribute more bags to our partners who are so grateful for all lunch bags we can supply.
Tikkun Olam (Repair of the World)
Emergency Assistance, Human Services

Men’s Club is Looking for volunteers to help the Afya Foundation, a 501(c)(3), not for profit agency under the umbrella of UJA Federation of NY. Afya collects medical supplies and equipment from local healthcare facilities and other donor groups. They test, refurbish, repair, sort and repackage the supplies at a Yonkers warehouse before it is sent out. This work is directed to areas of natural disasters, conflicts and poverty throughout the world, If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Bob Meyerson at rhm321@verizon.net.
Donations Needed

Afghan refugees arriving in New Jersey are in desperate need of several items. Download a flyer about specific donations- donate items (new, gently used, or purchased from an Amazon wish list (https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2944UQXXT2VRX?type=wishlist
to a convenient nearby drop location.
 
Please contact Karen Segall (karenesegall@gmail.com) or Nancy Michaels (nancymichaels311@gmail.com) with questions.
Jewish Learning Lab (JLL) and Early Childhood Center (ECC)
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 JLLAdmin@wrtemple.org.  
ECC registration for the 2022-2023 school year
Registration begins on:
October 25, 26, 27 - for currently enrolled families
October 28,29 - for WRT members whose children are not yet enrolled in ECC
November 1 - for the public
For additional information, please contact Ellen.Rosenberg@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.