Woodstock Area Jewish Community/Congregation Shir Shalom
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
In this Issue:
Please note:

All Shir Shalom Events
(except Hebrew School)
will use one Zoom account.

For all: Shabbats, Educational Meetings, Film Series, Special meetings, please join using this information:

Zoom and Phone Instructions:
Join by computer
Meeting ID: 725-948-2096
Password: 856328

or by phone:
Dial: 415-762-9988
Meeting ID: 725 948 2096
password: 856328
This Week at Shir Shalom:
  • Wednesday minyan ~ 8:30 am
  • Shabbat Worship: 4/2 ~ 7 pm with Rabbi Haigh
  • Family Shabbat: 4/3 ~ 9:30 am
Educational Opportunities:
  • Torah Study: 4/1 ~ 10 am
  • Hebrew II: 4/1 ~ 11 am
  • Hebrew I: 4/1 ~ 12:15 pm
  • B'nai Mitzvah Class and Havdalah: 4/3 ~ 5 pm
  • Monday Noon Zoom: 4/5 ~ noon with Dr. Medzini
Upcoming Events
  • Yom HoShoah Weekend: 4/9 - 4/11 (Scroll down for more information)
  • Eat, Pray, Love: 4/11 ~ 10:30 am
Winter of 2017
Shabbat Worship
Rabbi Haigh

Friday, April 2 ~ 7:00 pm
No registration required. Join us on Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/7259482096
Counting the Omer 
From the Desk of Rabbi Haigh 
We are commanded in Torah to count the 49 days between the second seder and Shavuot, from our recollection of liberation and our celebration of receiving Torah at Sinai.  Monday was the first day of the counting of the Omer – this week our focus is on hesed compassion. 
Compassion for ourselves ( when perhaps under the strain of all of this) we are not quite ourselves - or forget to focus perhaps on what matters most. 
Compassion for those around us - as together we face a dawning moment of liberation, filled with uncertainty, and fatigue but filled with hope. Dawning liberation on a journey toward seeing. 
Compassion in our engagement with the divine. This has not been easy on any of us. 
In NY I saw my first daffodil, in Vermont under a window guard at our home, the bulbs are sheltered and often come up early. 
Spring is dawning. With prayers for compassion, patience and hope. May the counting bring us calm and hope and gratitude.   
Moadim L’simcha  

Monday Noon Zoom
Dr. Medzini

Monday, April 5th

G.H.W. Bush: 1989 - 1993

Dr. Medzini served as 
Director of the Israel Government Press Office 
for Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir and Yizhak Rabin, 
he is an Associate Fellow at the Harry S. Truman 
Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace and a noted author.

Sponsored in part by Lori and Timon Malloy
Yom HaShoah Weekend

Friday, April 9 ~ 7:00 pm
Shabbat Commemorating Yom HaShoah

Saturday, April 10 ~ 7:30 pm
Havdalah and Online Presentation by Memorial Scrolls Trust of London. Discussion with Heidi Fishman and Lois Roman of MST about the Shir Shalom Holocaust Torah and its Czechoslovakian roots.

Sunday, April 11 ~ 1:30 pm
Zoom discussion of the documentary
Commandment 613
with Miriam Lewin, director/producer; Randi Cecchine, cinematographer/editor; and Rabbi Kevin Hale, noted Sofer, who is repairing our Holocaust Torah

The documentary will be available for viewing, Thursday, April 8 at 6 pm until Monday, April 12 at 6 pm. A special link and password will be posted.

Sponsored by the Gravitz and Blumenthal families in memory of Dr. Sidney Gravitz
Monday Noon Zoom

Coming attractions: (Please note, this schedule may change, so be sure to check back for updates)
Dr. Medzini:
April 12th -   Rabin and Clinton: Close relationship in the Oslo Process Era: 1993-2001

April 19th - G.W. Bush and Sharon: Close understanding: 2001-2009

May 10th - Amos Oz and the book Judas
WAJC Online Offerings:
Regular updates for online offerings available at http://www.shirshalomvt.org/yachdav/
Virtual Minyan Led by Rabbi Haigh
Please join us!
Every Wednesday
8:30 am

(Zoom and phone instructions above)

Women's Book Club
April 18 ~ 2 pm

Ten Green Bottles
Vivian Jeanette Kaplan

To Nini Karpel, growing up in Vienna during the 1920s was a romantic confection. Whether schussing down ski slopes or speaking of politics in coffee houses, she cherished the city of her birth. But in the 1930s an undercurrent of conflict and hate began to seize the former imperial capital. This struggle came to a head when Hitler took possession of neighboring Germany. Anti-Semitism, which Nini and her idealistic friends believed was impossible in the socially advanced world of Vienna, became widespread and virulent.

The Karpel's Jewish identity suddenly made them foreigners in their own homeland. Tormented, disenfranchised, and with a broken heart, Nini and her family sought refuge in a land seven thousand miles across the world. Read more.....

Available at Amazon in Hardcover, Paperback or Kindle version.
Note: The next Book Club selection for the May 16 meeting will be Judas by Amos Oz. This book will also be discussed at the May 10th Monday Noon Zoom session and all book club members are invited to attend. There is no requirement to read the book before this session
Torah Class
Every Thursday
10:00 am

Exodus 14:30 - 15:21

Join with friends, old and new
to discover the wisdom and beauty of the Torah

(Zoom and phone instructions above)
Shir Shalom Teen Gatherings
(Now known as the 'J.E.W.S' - Jewish Education in Woodstock)
Every Wednesday ~ 7 pm

Via Zoom
Aleph Bet
Hebrew School
Open to children in K-7
Sunday, April 11th
10:00 am

Join our Zoom Meeting 
Contact Roni Skerker school@shirshalomvt.org
Are You Ordering From Amazon?

Did you know that if you sign in at: smile.amazon.com  (which will take you right to the Amazon homepage), a percentage of your purchase dollars will be donated back to Shir Shalom by Amazon!
Help support Shir Shalom. Shop smile.amazon.com 
COVID-19 Resources
COVID-19 Vaccinations

Have you gotten your shot yet? Are you having trouble scheduling an appointment? Not sure who or where to call?
We are here to help!
Sloane Miller has volunteered to help members of Shir Shalom register on line. Please email Sloane at sloane.a.miller@gmail.com for help.

Who is Eligible
People 50 years and older.
  • Make an appointment anywhere. No passcode is needed.
  • If you live in another state, you can still get a vaccine in Vermont if:
  • you work in an occupation or setting in Vermont that is currently eligible.
  • you moved to Vermont within the last 6 months with the intention of becoming a resident and are in an age group, occupation or another group that is currently eligible.

People 16 years or older with high-risk health conditions
Make an appointment anywhere EXCEPT Walgreens. No passcode is needed. See high-risk health conditions(link is external.

School staff and child care workers can make an appointment AFTER being contacted by school leadership or by the Department for Children and Families, who will provide a code.

To register for a vaccine appointment, visit healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine
or call
You will be asked to provide your name, date of birth, address, email (if available), phone number, and health insurance information (if available, but not required.)
Will reduced unemployment benefits squeeze your finances?
Immediate financial assistance to the residents of the greater Woodstock area who are unable to meet their basic household needs due to the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you live in Woodstock, Barnard, Bridgewater, Killington, Plymouth, Pomfret, or Reading, WARF can help provide immediate financial assistance of up to $1,000. This is available to anyone in those towns who are unable to meet their basic household needs, such as rent, food, or childcare, due to the economic disruption caused by the coronavirus.
WARF is committed to the confidentiality of all participants.

To apply for aid: www.woodstockarearelieffund.org
To ask questions: woodstockcovid19@gmail.com
To see regular updates on Facebook: @woodstockarearelieffund
Vermont Expands Utility-Assistance Program

WARF wants to be sure those struggling financially during the pandemic know about all state and local resources.

We’re going to need to pull together to get through this winter. Don’t forget that even if you’ve never needed help before, you can reach out to WARF for financial assistance with basic household needs at www.woodstockarearelieffund.org
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Mental Health and Addiction Resources available at Shirshalomvt.org
Contact Information:
(802) 457-4840

* Rabbi Ilene Haigh 

*Heather White
Assistant to the Rabbi

* Sari White 
Office Manager: 

* Phyllis Forbes, President 

* Roni Skerker, Living Judaism
Woodstock Area Jewish Community, Congregation Shir Shalom