Count the Omer

WEEK TWO
It is seven weeks from the second seder until Shavuot, the holiday when we celebrate receiving Torah at Mt. Sinai, connecting Passover, the time of our liberation with Shavuot, the time of revelation.

UCJF Yom Hashoah Commemoration

Thursday, April 8, 7pm-8pm
Rabbi Jonathan hosts an online gathering of area rabbis and Holocaust survivors and children of survivors to mark Yom Hashoah.

Gallery Lev Shalem

ONLINE FEATURED ARTISTS SHOW
To highlight the visual art talent in our midst, the WJC Art Committee has chosen one artwork per week to feature online, for as long as our physical space remains closed.  Featured Artist of the Week: Marlene Wiedenbaum

Commentary on the Weekly Torah Portion from Rabbi Jonathan’s Recent Book

Shemini | שמיני What Happened to Nadav and Avihu?
This is one of the most mystifying passages in the Torah. Why are Nadav and Avihu consumed by YHVH’s fire? ... Why does Moses express no sympathy or grief? Why is Aaron silent? What is their understanding of the import of these deaths?

Women’s Rosh Hodesh Group

Sunday, April 11, 10am-12pm
Come celebrate the beginning of IYAR.

Insights from the Weekly Torah Portion with Rabbi Jonathan

Thursdays, 1-2pm 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.

A Jewish Book Club! with Rabbi Ellen Triebwasser

Tuesdays, 1-2:15pm
Starting Tuesday, March 30, the book group will be reading Who Wrote the Bible? by Professor Richard Elliott Friedman.

Reclaiming a Lost Piece of Israeli History: Dr. Israel Jacob Kligler and the Eradication of Malaria in British Mandate Palestine

Tuesday April 13th at 7pm ET
In honor of 73 years of Israel independence, the Jewish Federation of Ulster County is inviting you to be part of Yom Ha’Zikaron ceremony for the fallen defenders of Israel and Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration.

Breathing, Awareness and Joy

Weekly, Tuesdays at 7pm, except for the second Tuesday of each month
The workshop will include Carol's unique experiential exercises, the performance of short monologues and scenes, and processes designed to be fun, expansive and instructive about the art of acting...and living.

Calendar

Upcoming Events
  • April 8, 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.

  • April 8, 2021  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    UCJF Yom Hashoah Commemoration

    Rabbi Jonathan hosts an online gathering of area rabbis and Holocaust survivors and children of survivors to mark Yom Hashoah.

    Register to receive Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtf-6hpjorEtwdtKfhdGVlteP9gVLOEbHz

  • April 9, 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

  • April 10, 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

  • April 12, 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.)

  • April 12, 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.

  • April 13, 2021  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    UCJF Yom Haatzmaut Program with keynote by Rabbi Jonathan Kligler

    To mark Yom Hazikaron (Israel's Memorial Day) and Yom Haatzmaut (Israel Independence Day) the Ulster County Jewish Federation is hosting this gathering. Rabbi Jonathan will be the keynote speaker, describing the work of his grandfather Professor Israel Jacob Kligler. A founder of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1926, I.J. Kligler initiated and spearheaded the massive effort that led to the eradication of malaria in British Mandate-era Palestine, and led to Israel being one of the first nations to eliminate this disease.

    Register to receive Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAld-Gorj4pHt1PZpJxTTV_VsYA6mzKwSX-

  • April 15, 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.

  • April 15, 2021  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    (Online) Board of Directors Meeting
  • April 16, 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

  • April 17, 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

  • April 19, 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.)

  • April 19, 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.

  • April 20, 2021  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Breathing, Awareness & Joy

    Breathing, Awareness and Joy is veteran acting teacher Carol Fox Prescott’s brilliant and inspiring process of performance instruction, which we have the good fortune to experience online via zoom. Carol creates an inviting atmosphere for newcomers and veteran actors alike. Her goal is to help us enhance our own experience of joy in everyday life and in interaction with others, learning to open ourselves to our own expressive abilities. The workshop will include Carol’s unique experiential exercises, the performance of short monologues and scenes, and processes designed to be fun, expansive and instructive about the art of acting…and living.

    Weekly, Tuesdays at 7pm, except for the second Tuesday of each month

    More info and registration here