If you are joining us for the holidays and are looking for more to do, click here for information about our September-October programs and activities: Sukkot, Simchat Torah, a Judaica-making workshop, and the Lev Shalem Institute's conference of women Torah scribes!

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  • Legacy Giving: "Just as my ancestors planted for me, so I will plant for those who come after me."
  • Gallery Lev Shalem: The Jewish Experience, an exhibition of Judaica including works from the International Festival of Jewish Scribal Arts, is now on display in our Social Hall. The Havdalah Service and opening reception will be at 7 pm on Saturday, October 10th. Click here for more information.
  • Attention Family School Families: Click here for the 2015-16 Family School Calendar.
  • 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 12, 2015

Shana Tova!
I’d like to wish you, your loved ones, your families, friends and neighbors a Shana Tova u’metukah. Blessings for a sweet New Year!
Shana Tova is a deceptively rich and complex blessing.
The reason for this is that the word shanah, which means “year,” has two additional meanings. One of those added meanings is “change.” For instance, the word shinui means “change” or “modification.” Paradoxically, the wordshanah also means its opposite, “repeat.” For example, the Mishnah, which forms the core of the Talmud, is a descriptive title that also denotes “study by repetition,” or “study and review.”
Thus, Shana Tova hints at wishes for a “good change,” as well as a “good repetition.” The season of repentance calls on us to do the deep inner work that can help re-align our relationships. Therefore, this simple wish, Shana Tova, serves as a reminder to attend to that complex, and sometimes complicated, inner work.
But which is it? What are we supposed to change, and what are we supposed to repeat? Ah. The answer lies within—it’s for us to discover, reflect on, formulate a response to, and then practice.
So what is it that we’re really wishing each other when we greet each other with Shana Tova? What we’re really saying is, “May you have a good change, and may you have a good repetition, according to where you are at this moment in your life.”
May you be blessed with the strength, insight, and open-heartedness to change what needs changing, to repeat what merits repeating, and thereby to truly enjoy a sweet and renewed year.
L’Shana Tova u’metukah,

Rabbi Aura Ahuvia
Rabbi Aura