September 9, 2021

A message from Cantor Danielle Rodnizki
The WRT clergy team is pleased to share these weekly video messages, to help deepen your experience of the High Holidays. Wishing you a shanah tovah u-m'tukah -- a sweet and happy New Year!
Shabbat Shuva
20th Anniversary of 9/11 and Civil Service Gratitude Shabbat
Friday, September 10 at 6:15 pm (held outdoors in the CJL Tent)

Show your support for the men and women of the Scarsdale Police Department, Fire Department and Volunteer Ambulance Corps, as we thank them for their dedicated service and protection of our community.

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, September 11 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. 
High Holiday Services

Service Information and Tickets
If you already requested High Holiday services tickets, you should have received them by email at this time.  
To request tickets, or to find the email that has your tickets in it, please click here: 
To read important information about this year's services, and to see our live streaming schedule, please click here:  
Volunteers needed to Usher
If you are interested in volunteering for either Wednesday, September 15 - Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre) or
Thursday September 16 - Yom Kippur Day, please respond to Nancy Michaels at or (914) 725-8310 with your ushering request or with any questions. The list of services and locations is on the WRT website.
Upcoming at WRT
Let’s Go Fishing with Friends & Family
Sunday, September 19, from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The Snow Goose 2, sails from the Marina in Port Chester onto the Long Island Sound. Captain Kevin Reynolds will provide all fishing gear and bait, and assist us with landing and cleaning the fish.
The Men’s Club will provide all the refreshments including snacks and sandwiches when you get hungry in the late afternoon. 25 persons max.
For prices and to register, please email
Erev Sukkot
Monday, September 20 at 6:15 pm (via Zoom)

Join Cantor Kleinman, Rabbi Blake & Rabbi Levy as we welcome the fall harvest festival from our homes.

Sukkot Festival Morning
Tuesday, September 21 at 10:00 am

Celebrate the festival of Sukkot with Rabbi Blake and Cantor Kleinman in our beautiful Sukkah on-campus or watch via live streamed.
Annual Sukkah Slam
Wednesday, September 22
7:00 pm - Welcoming Sukkot
All members of WRT and the wider community are welcome to our special celebration. All ages are encouraged to participate! Service in the Sukkah: A short, intergenerational-friendly service, with just enough time to shake the lulav and etrog, gives everyone a chance to learn and experience the rituals, songs and prayers of Sukkot.

8:15 pm - Spirits in the Sukkah
Rabbi Blake leads a tasting of locally sourced beers and wines (21+ only, please) accompanied by discussion in the Sukkah. Light bites and non-alcoholic beverages also will be provided.
WRJ General Meeting and Ushpizot
Friday, September 24
General Meeting at 10:30 am, Ushpizot 11:00 am

Join with WRJ as Cantor Kleinman leads us in our Ushpizot Harvest Celebration with Study and Prayers. Sign up here.
G’milut Chasadim (Acts of Kindness)
High Holiday Food Drive

As we begin to emerge again and return to WRT, please remember our High Holy Day Food Drive for Feeding Westchester. We will be gathering non-perishable food items (no glass containers), on Friday September 10th from 10 am – 6pm, before Shabbat Services, and during Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur. Look for the pop-up collecting tents in the back parking lot.

Cooking4 HOPE will be taking the next two weeks off for HHDs, and will be re-organizing for mid-September to distribute lunch bag supplies from WRT on Sunday mornings for delivery to our partners on Mondays. We hope to return to the WRT kitchen for cooking (last Monday of each month),details to come. New volunteer packers or bakers: please write to Deb Kolodner at You can also support our activities by contributing to WRT’s Hungry and Homeless Fund.
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
Jewish Learning Lab (JLL) and Early Childhood Center (ECC)
Jewish Learning Lab for 2021-2022
Registration is ongoing for the Jewish Learning Lab's 2021-2022 year! 

Questions about curriculum and programming? 
Contact us at
Early Childhood Center (ECC)
First day of school for the ECC is Tuesday, September 14.  Any questions, please email or
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.