Count the Omer

WEEK SIX
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.

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: D. Yael Bernhard

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

Behar | בהר We Do Not Own the Earth
Most central to our modern misconception of our relationship to nature is the idea that we humans can actually own land and the resources beneath that land, as if the earth was only a commodity to be exploited rather than the living matrix from which we ourselves spring. In contrast to this contemporary delusion, Psalm 24 opens, “The earth is the Lord’s and all that it contains, the world and all who inhabit it.”

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, April 27, the book group will be reading The Secret Book of Kings by Yochi Brandes.

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.

Witnessing for One Another with Rev. Blaze Ardman

Mondays, 1–2pm ET
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.

Calendar

Upcoming Events
  • May 6, 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.

  • May 7, 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

  • May 8, 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

  • May 10, 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.)

  • May 10, 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.

  • May 13, 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.

  • May 14, 2021
    New Member Shabbat
  • May 14, 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

  • May 15, 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

  • May 16, 2021  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Women's Rosh Chodesh Group

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

  • May 16, 2021  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Tikkun Leyl Shavuot - Torah Study to Celebrate Shavuot

    We welcome the Festival of Shavuot this evening with a wonderful "smorgasbord" of Torah teachings from members of our community. Yael Bernhard will show us and speak with us about some of her paintings on Biblical themes. Yael will describe how her artistic choices reflect both her interpretation of the stories and her interpretation of classical painting styles. Other members will share some of their favorite teachings - more details next week!

  • May 17, 2021 - May 18, 2021  
    Office closed for Shavuot
  • May 17, 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.)

  • May 17, 2021  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Shavuot Festival Service with Yizkor
  • May 17, 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.

  • May 17, 2021 - May 18, 2021  
    Office closed for Shavuot
  • May 18, 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