Women’s Rosh Hodesh Group

Sunday, May 29, 10am-11:30am ET
Next gathering: May 29 for Rosh Hodesh Sivan

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.

God Is Here: Reimagining the Divine with Rabbi Toba Spitzer

Wednesday, June 1, 7:00-8:30pm ET, on Zoom
All are invited to join Rabbi Toba Spitzer for a discussion of her recently published book, God Is Here: Reimagining the Divine, in conversation with Rabbi Jonathan Kligler.

Shavuot Festival Celebration

Saturday, June 4, 7:30-9pm ET
For Shavuot, the festival of first fruits, join us to celebrate the holiday of the Time of the Giving of Our Torah. We will gather online on Saturday evening, June 4. Our Sunday morning festival service, with Yizkor, will be online and in person.

Rabbi Jonathan’s Farewell Picnic & Celebration

Sunday, June 12
Help us celebrate Rabbi Jonathan!

A Jewish Book Club! with Rabbi Ellen Triebwasser

Tuesdays, 1-2:15pm ET
Our next book is The Wisdom of Not Knowing: Discovering a Life of Wonder by Embracing Uncertainty, by Estelle Frankel.

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.

Commentary on the Weekly Torah Portion from Rabbi Jonathan’s Book, “Turn It and Turn It.”

Bekhukotai | Fear Itself
Last week’s portion, Behar, laid out the need for the earth to receive a sabbatical year every seventh year and our responsibility to let the land rest. Bekhukotai, the final chapters of the book of Leviticus, now describes the consequences of these directives.

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 26, 2022  1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
    Parshat Hashavua: 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 26, 2022  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    WJC Annual Meeting
  • May 27, 2022  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    (Online & In Person) Friday Evening Shabbat Service

    Robert Bard on stand-up bass will accompany Rabbi Jonathan and all of us this evening!

    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. 
    Join us at this link

  • May 28, 2022  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    (Online & In Person) 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 online and in person. 
    Join us at this link

  • May 30, 2022  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 30, 2022  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 31, 2022  1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    Book Group
  • June 1, 2022  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Book Talk: God Is Here with Rabbi Toba Spitzer (Zoom)

    God Is Here: Reimagining the Divine

    All are invited to join Rabbi Toba Spitzer for a discussion of her recently published book, God Is Here: Reimagining the Divine, in conversation with Rabbi Jonathan Kligler. The book explores a rich palette of non-human metaphors for God, inviting believers, non-believers, and those in the middle into an exploration of the many ways we can understand and experience the sacred. Conversation and questions will be welcome!

    REGISTER HERE TO RECEIVE ZOOM LINK:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqdeGvqDsqH9SQxHnNw-6Tejl-prIwCVje

    If you would like your own hardcover copy of Rabbi Spitzer’s book, we have 25 copies of “God Is Here” at the WJC. The books are available first come, first serve for a donation of any amount to the WJC. Drop by the synagogue during business hours to pick up your copy!

    RABBI TOBA SPITZER is a popular teacher of courses on Judaism and economic justice, Reconstructionist Judaism, new approaches to thinking about God, and the practice of integrating Jewish spiritual and ethical teachings into daily life. She served as President of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association from 2007-2009, and was the first LGBTQ rabbi to head a national rabbinic organization. A longtime activist for Israeli- Palestinian peace and social justice causes in the U.S., she has also received the honor of being included in Newsweek’s Top 50 Rabbis in America list and The Forward’s list of 50 Female Rabbis Who Are Making A Difference. Since her ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1997, Rabbi Spitzer has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Dorshei Tzedek in Newton, MA. She has a life goal of bowling in all 50 states (34 down so far!).

    (An adult learning offering.)

     

  • June 2, 2022  1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
    Parshat Hashavua: 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.

  • June 3, 2022  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    (Online & In Person) 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. 
    Join us at this link

  • June 4, 2022  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    (Online & In Person) Shabbat Service - Bat Mitzvah of Mika Becker

    Please join us in person or online as we celebrate Mika Becker becoming Bat Mitzvah. This service will be outdoors under a tent, and all are welcome to attend.

    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 online and in person. 
    Join us at this link

  • June 4, 2022  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Welcoming Shavuot (online only)

    This evening we welcome the Festival of Shavuot with a wonderful smorgasbord of Torah study, led by community members and Rabbi Jonathan.

  • June 5, 2022  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Shavuot Festival Service with Yizkor
  • June 6, 2022  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.)

  • June 6, 2022  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.

  • June 6, 2022  6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    WJC Women's Group
  • June 7, 2022  1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    Book Group