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Welcome from Rabbi Aura

Rabbi Aura Ahuvia

Dear Members and Friends of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation,

Shalom! I can’t wait to wish you all a Shana Tova u’Metukah, a sweet and good new year, in the coming year of 5775! I am excited and eager to discover services “under the tent,” with their special songs, sounds and moments. It is clear that so many of you cherish returning to the tent.

The theme of this year’s High Holy Days is “Or Chadash,” or “New Light.” The phrase comes from the morning liturgy, and refers to the mystical light of understanding, which lies beyond our human capacity. As we seek to welcome the new year, let us use the concept of Or Chadashas our guide. Let us be open to new growth, new pathways, new songs and new stories. May we all be blessed with a good, sweet, and fulfilling new year together.

See you under the tent!

B’vrachot rabot (With many blessings),

Rabbi Aura Ahuvia

Latest News

  • Our 2014-15 Membership Directory, the Book of Numbers, is now available for sale in the WJC office for $3.
  • The WJC is making a cookbook! Send your recipes to
  • Gallery Lev Shalem's Garlock Exhibition is now on display in the social hall. Join us for An Informational Evening on Joseph Garlock on Wednesday, 9/17, from 6 - 8 pm.
  • The Tikkun Olam Task Force is hard at work. Read about their work feeding the hungry and fighting racial injustice.

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Living in Joy: a Sukkot Experience:
During this weekend immersion with Rabbi Jonathan we will welcome Shabbat together; eat and sing in our Sukkah; free our breath and body with master acting teacher Carol Fox Prescott; welcome the ushpizin, the mystical archetypes, into our midst; raise up our hearts on Shabbat morning; study Jewish texts and teachings about Sukkot; enjoy our beautiful grounds with afternoon walks and a Saturday evening bonfire (weather permitting, of course); and immerse ourselves in the age-old choreography of shaking the Lulav and Etrog. For more information, contact the LSI.