Commentary on the weekly Torah portion from Rabbi Jonathan’s recent book

Bo | בא Martin Luther King Is My Rabbi
Every year when our cycle of readings brings us to the telling of the Exodus from slavery, I am stirred once again by the central message of our people’s journey: We affirm that there is a Power inherent in the fabric of the universe that insists that human beings be free from subjugation and tyranny ...

Insights from the Weekly Torah Portion with Rabbi Jonathan

Thursdays at 1pm ET
Each week we highlight passages and interpretations from the weekly parashah that give us insight and strength to navigate the current crises. WATCH THE MOST RECENT CLASS HERE.

Inauguration Seder with Rabbi Ellen Triebwasser

Tuesday January 19, 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm
If you feel the need to think about and give voice to your feelings about the change in our national government, please join Rabbi Ellen Triebwasser for an “Inauguration Seder” on Tuesday, January 19 (erev Inauguration Day) from1-2:30pm.

“A Shtickle Toyrah” (a bit of Torah)

Mondays at 9–9:15am ET
Start the week off with a taste of the weekly Torah portion.

A Local Palestinian-Israeli Initiative for Understanding, Nonviolence, and Transformation

Sunday, February 7, 2021
The WJC is committed to encouraging and supporting efforts to build meaningful relationships between Israelis and Palestinians and we are pleased to offer this program.

A Jewish Book Club! with Rabbi Ellen Triebwasser

Tuesdays, 1-2:15pm
Starting Tuesday, January 5, the book group will be reading Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A True (as Told to Me) Story by Bess Kalb.

Family School Virtual Tu B’Shvat Seder

Sunday, January 31, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
All school-aged children and their parents/caregivers are welcome to participate – invite your friends!

Wednesday Morning Minyan and Prayer Salon: MAKING PRAYER REAL

Wednesdays, 10:30am-11:45am ET
Join us for an interactive and intimate morning minyan service. Hosted by Rabbi Pauline Tamari Ed.D.

THE MEN’S GROUP Guided Holiday Hikes

January 10 and 24, 10:00am
Hikes are open to any and all WJC congregants! An experienced hiker or newbie can both enjoy!

Calendar

Upcoming Events
  • January 18, 2021
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Office Closed
  • January 18, 2021  9:00 am - 9:15 am
    "A Shtickle Toyrah" (a bit of Torah)

    The teaching may be about the Torah portion we'll chant on the upcoming Shabbat, or about the haftorah (reading from the prophets) assigned to the portion, or about the wide expanse of Jewish wisdom from ancient and modern commentaries and authors. Anyone who has a favorite portion of Torah, or is interested in learning and then teaching, is invited to contact Rabbi Ellen Triebwasser.
    Register to receive Zoom link.

    (An adult learning offering.)

  • January 18, 2021  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Witnessing for One Another with Rev. Blaze Ardman

    Join us for this hour when people can come together to speak their stories, stories from their lives, past or current, to be witnessed and heard.

  • January 19, 2021  1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
    Inauguration Seder with Rabbi Ellen Triebwasser

    All are welcome! Contact Rabbi Ellen at ellent225@gmail.com for full info.

    PRE-INAUGURATION RITUAL

    The inauguration of a new president is always a time to think about where we are in history. The old administration leaves, a new president, vice-president, cabinet, and Congress take their places and begin their terms.

    This transition from the 45th to the 46th president seems particularly momentous to many of us, and there’s a feeling that it needs to be marked by more than simply watching the inauguration on TV.

     Rabbi Mordechai Kaplan taught that Judaism has always borrowed from the societies Jews live in, so that American Judaism will in some ways be different from Judaism in other countries.

     If you feel the need to think about and give voice to your feelings about the change in our national government, please join Rabbi Ellen Triebwasser for an “Inauguration Seder” on Tuesday, January 19 (erev Inauguration Day) from1-2:30pm.

     Justas the rabbis who created the Passover seder borrowed from the Greek symposium, a meal with questions and discussion about important things, we will borrow from the seder to address our history, our fears and hopes, and our plans for the future with songs and readings.

     Please have near you:  

    A way to ritually wash your hands (a bowl of water and cup to pour water over your hands is traditional)          

    Four beverages:

                       Milk (of any kind)

                       Something tart or sour

                       Water

                       Your favorite beverage

    A way to record your feelings: paper and pen, a journal, a computer document

    A candle 

  • January 20, 2021  10:30 am - 11:45 am
    "Making Prayer Real" Wednesday Morning Minyan and Prayer Salon with Rabbi Pauline Tamari

     

    WEDNESDAY MORNING MINYAN AND PRAYER SALON

    “MAKING PRAYER REAL”

     

    Starting January 6, 2021

    10:30-11:45

    with Rabbi Pauline Tamari Ed.D.

    Join us for an interactive and intimate morning minyan  

    service.  

    We look to form a prayerful community and explore the power of prayer in our own lives. 

    We will experiment with the various forms of prayer through ritual, chant, mindfulness, music, meditation and the creative arts.

    We will have fun creating our own new forms of prayer and finding new ways for the power of prayer to bring deeper meaning into our own lives and greater goodness into the world during these extraordinary times.

    NO HEBREW OR PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE NEEDED.


     

     

     

     

     

     

  • January 21, 2021  1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
    Insights from the Weekly Torah Portion with Rabbi Jonathan Kligler

    When we study Torah we use it as a mirror, reflecting on our own lives and circumstances. Each week, in this adult learning class, we will highlight passages and interpretations from the weekly parashah that give us insight and strength to navigate the current crises.

    Register to receive Zoom link: https://www.wjcshul.org/virtual-shul/

    We will conclude each session with a healing prayer and an opportunity to recite the Mourner's Kaddish.

  • January 21, 2021  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    (Online) Board of Directors Meeting
  • January 22, 2021  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    (Online) Friday Evening Shabbat Service

    Join Rabbi Jonathan and our far-flung community for our joyous and uplifting Shabbat services. Invite your friends and relatives to join in as well. We are in the process of discovering and developing how to celebrate Shabbat together when we are physically apart. The results so far are fabulous.
    Join us at this link

  • January 23, 2021  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    (Online) Shabbat Service

    Join Rabbi Jonathan and our far-flung community for our joyous and uplifting Shabbat services. Invite your friends and relatives to join in as well. We are in the process of discovering and developing how to celebrate Shabbat together when we are physically apart. The results so far are fabulous.
    Join us at this link

  • January 24, 2021
    Group Hikes on the WJC Trail

    Group Hikes on the WJC Trail
    These are stressful times. One element that can help is having something safe, familiar, local, and outside to do so that we may enjoy and be healed by nature.

    The WJC Mens' Group will be leading five separate hikes on our own 2.1 mile trail. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Please contact the office with any questions. Social distancing and masks required.  

    • Sunday Nov. 29 at 10am 
    • Sunday Dec. 13 at 10am 
    • Sunday Dec. 27 at 10am 
    • Sunday Jan 10 at 10am 
  • January 24, 2021  3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    WJC Online Tu B'Shvat Seder for Kids and Their Families

    Join us for a meaningful and tasty online celebration of Tu B'Shvat, the New Year for Trees. Advance registration required, so that we can help you prepare at home to fully participate.

  • January 25, 2021  9:00 am - 9:15 am
    "A Shtickle Toyrah" (a bit of Torah)

    The teaching may be about the Torah portion we'll chant on the upcoming Shabbat, or about the haftorah (reading from the prophets) assigned to the portion, or about the wide expanse of Jewish wisdom from ancient and modern commentaries and authors. Anyone who has a favorite portion of Torah, or is interested in learning and then teaching, is invited to contact Rabbi Ellen Triebwasser.
    Register to receive Zoom link.

    (An adult learning offering.)

  • January 25, 2021  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Witnessing for One Another with Rev. Blaze Ardman

    Join us for this hour when people can come together to speak their stories, stories from their lives, past or current, to be witnessed and heard.

  • January 27, 2021  10:30 am - 11:45 am
    "Making Prayer Real" Wednesday Morning Minyan and Prayer Salon with Rabbi Pauline Tamari

     

    WEDNESDAY MORNING MINYAN AND PRAYER SALON

    “MAKING PRAYER REAL”

     

    Starting January 6, 2021

    10:30-11:45

    with Rabbi Pauline Tamari Ed.D.

    Join us for an interactive and intimate morning minyan  

    service.  

    We look to form a prayerful community and explore the power of prayer in our own lives. 

    We will experiment with the various forms of prayer through ritual, chant, mindfulness, music, meditation and the creative arts.

    We will have fun creating our own new forms of prayer and finding new ways for the power of prayer to bring deeper meaning into our own lives and greater goodness into the world during these extraordinary times.

    NO HEBREW OR PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE NEEDED.


     

     

     

     

     

     

  • January 27, 2021  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    WJC Virtual Tu B'Shvat Seder

    Rabbi Jonathan will lead a mystical and ecological online Tu B'Shvat Seder. Please register in advance in order to have time to prepare for your seder at home, and to receive our Tu B'Shvat Seder Haggadah.

  • January 28, 2021  1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
    Insights from the Weekly Torah Portion with Rabbi Jonathan Kligler

    When we study Torah we use it as a mirror, reflecting on our own lives and circumstances. Each week, in this adult learning class, we will highlight passages and interpretations from the weekly parashah that give us insight and strength to navigate the current crises.

    Register to receive Zoom link: https://www.wjcshul.org/virtual-shul/

    We will conclude each session with a healing prayer and an opportunity to recite the Mourner's Kaddish.

  • January 29, 2021  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    (Online) Friday Evening Shabbat Service

    Join Rabbi Jonathan and our far-flung community for our joyous and uplifting Shabbat services. Invite your friends and relatives to join in as well. We are in the process of discovering and developing how to celebrate Shabbat together when we are physically apart. The results so far are fabulous.
    Join us at this link

  • January 30, 2021  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    (Online) Shabbat Service

    Join Rabbi Jonathan and our far-flung community for our joyous and uplifting Shabbat services. Invite your friends and relatives to join in as well. We are in the process of discovering and developing how to celebrate Shabbat together when we are physically apart. The results so far are fabulous.
    Join us at this link