First of the Year: Tot Shabbat for Young Families - This Friday, September 4 (5 pm)

Gather First Fridays monthly at 5 pm with other parents of young ones for a toddler-friendly Shabbat celebration with Rabbi Aura, featuring Shabbat treasure chest, stories, music and more. Program runs 5:00 – 5:30, followed by challah and light, healthy snacks. You’re welcome to bring additional light fare that your little one will like (our building is dairy/vegetarian). Free and open to all.

High Holy Days at the Woodstock Jewish Congregation

Join us under the tent—all are welcome! Click here for information about the High Holy Days!

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  • High Holy Days: Our Tent Set-Up Day is Monday, September 7! Stop by to say hello and help out between 9 am and 2 pm!
  • Legacy Giving: "Just as my ancestors planted for me, so I will plant for those who come after me."
  • CALL FOR ENTRIES! Submissions for the next Gallery Lev Shalem exhibition, "The Jewish Experience", will be accepted in-person at the WJC on Thursday, 9/8 from 10 am–4 pm. Click here to learn more, or contact the Gallery Committee at 845-679-4937 or
  • LAST CHANCE TO SEE! Gallery Lev Shalem's current exhibition is "The Human Spirit Show", 8/12–9/6. Contact the Gallery Committee for more information: or (845) 679-4937.
  • The Tikkun Olam Task Force is hard at work. Read about their work feeding the hungry and fighting racial injustice.
    Join the Task Force to End the New Jim Crow on Tuesdays from October 13–November 10, 6:30–8 pm for a series of discussions on racism and mass incarceration. "We will use Michelle Alexander's amazing book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness to further our understanding of the racism in our criminal justice system and how we can practice tikkun olam to end it. The WJC Task Force to End the New Jim Crow will host these five evenings. Rabbi Jonathan will facilitate the first meeting and other local leaders will co-facilitate the remaining meetings with task force members. Reading Alexander's book is highly recommended but not required. Free and open to the public."
  • Join us every Wednesday (10 am–12 pm) for Chane's Yiddish Vinkl with Noami Halpern, and every Thursday (11 am–12 pm) for Chug Ivrit, our Modern Hebrew conversation circle. Both are free and open to all!
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A Message from Rabbi Aura

Rabbi Aura Ahuvia

September 2, 2015

Shalom All,

I can hardly believe that it’s September already. Welcome back, if you’ve been away! I look forward to re-connecting with all of you this year! We have a terrific new complement of activities and offerings here at Kehillat Lev Shalem, which I’ll share in two parts. This week, I’d like to highlight what’s coming for our youngest families, especially because it starts this Friday (See below for details, which are in bold). Next week, I’ll highlight what’s on offer for adults this fall, along with some Rosh Hashanah reflections.

The big news: This Friday, Sept. 4, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., Tot Shabbat for Young Families makes its debut! Held on the First Friday of every month, this brief celebration is tailored for children ages 0 – 5 and their families. (A 30 minute service is followed by 30 minutes of snack and schmoozing time.) It includes songs, stories, exploration of the mysteries of the Shabbat treasure chest and more, concluding with tot-sized challah knots and cups of juice. Tot Shabbat is free and open to anyone wishing to attend. Rabbi Aura Ahuvia will lead.

Come to the First Friday Potluck, this Friday, Sept. 4, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. This dinner features plenty of songs, communal candle-lighting and even the occasional story or two. Tot Shabbat families are welcomed to stay or leave, as needed. First Friday Potlucks are designed with the whole community in mind, particularly those who prefer gathering to talk and sing as they welcome in Shabbat.

“Little Shul Together” is another new initiative starting this fall, two Sundays per month, led by our gifted and beloved teacher Jill Schwartz. This class is just for tots, ages 0 – 5, and their parents or care-givers. It features music, movement, stories and outdoor exploration when the weather permits. All are welcome; registration required.

There will be more for you on what’s on offer for adults this fall, along with some Rosh Hashanah reflections, in my e-mail message next week.

L’shana Tova,

Rabbi Aura Ahuvia
Rabbi Aura