A Rabbi and a Priest Study the Gospels

Starting on Thursday, November 7, 12 pm and continuing weekly through January 16.
with Rabbi Jonathan Kligler and the Reverend Matthew Wright

Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Rachel Barenblat

Friday & Saturday, November 15-16
The Woodstock Jewish Congregation is pleased to welcome Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Rachel Barenblat. All events are free and open to all.

Sacred Listening with Blaze Ardman

Starting on Thursday, November 7, 10am and continuing weekly through January 16
Appointment not needed; just come for a completely confidential, 20-minute listening engagement.

UCJF Day of Jewish Learning

Sunday, November 17, 8:30am-4:30pm
Featuring keynote by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat (the Velveteen Rabbi, beloved poet, blogger and teacher).

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Calendar

Upcoming Events
  • November 12, 2019  4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    Family School
  • November 12, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Breathing, Awareness and Joy
  • November 13, 2019  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Chane's Yiddish Vinkl
    social hall

    Adult learning

  • November 14, 2019  12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Adult Education Series: "A Rabbi and a Priest Study the Gospels Together" with Rabbi Jonathan Kligler and Reverend Matthew Wright

    Rabbi Jonathan Kligler and the Reverend Matthew Wright continue and deepen our exploration of the intersections between Judaism and Christianity. In this class series we will study the Christian Gospels of the New Testament in their original context: Judaism of the 1st century C.E. We will compare and contrast the teachings of Jesus to contemporaneous teachings of the Rabbis, and we will explore the accounts of Jesus life as a complex midrash on classic Jewish sources.

    Our course will extend over 9 sessions in November, December and January. Suggested donation: $75 for the series for members of WJC and St. Gregory's, $150 General; $10 per class for members of WJC and St. Gregory's, $20 General. Scholarships readily available, contact the WJC office.

    Adult Learning

  • November 15, 2019 - November 16, 2019  
    Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Rachel Barenblat

    All events are free and open to all.

    Friday, November 15
    6pm Shabbat Service
    Rabbi Rachel will speak about her recent trip visiting the Jewish community of Cuba

    Saturday, November 16
    10am Shabbat Service: Rabbi Rachel will offer the D’var Torah
    12pm: Pot Luck Lunch Bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share
    1-2:30pm “An Encounter with Psalms” Join Rabbi Rachel for an encounter with psalms, both the psalms of our tradition and the psalms of our own hearts. We'll learn about psalms, encounter them in new ways, and even write our own -- bring a notebook and pen, laptop, or your preferred writing device, and bring your open heart.

    4-5:30pm “Texts to the Holy” At our seu’dah shlishit (the ritual third meal of Shabbat) we’ll “dine” on yearning, niggunim, and poetry. Rabbi Rachel will share poems from Texts to the Holy, as well as poems of havdalah, as we open ourselves to a final flow of Shabbat holiness and then bring Shabbat to a close. Light refreshments will be served.

    Rabbi Rachel Barenblat, a founding builder at Bayit: Building Jewish, was named in 2016 by the Forward as one of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis. She holds dual ordination from ALEPH as rabbi and mashpi’ah (spiritual director). Since 2011 Rachel has served as spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel (North Adams, MA). She also served as past co-chair of ALEPH and interim Jewish chaplain to Williams College.  She holds an MFA in Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and is author of five volumes of poetry, among them 70 faces: Torah poems (Phoenicia Publishing, 2011), Open My Lips (Ben Yehuda Press, 2016) and Texts to the Holy (Ben Yehuda 2018). Since 2003 she has blogged as The Velveteen Rabbi, and in 2008 TIME named her blog one of the top 25 sites on the internet. 

    And please join us at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, NY on Sunday, November 17 for the annual Day of Jewish Learning, where Rabbi Rachel will be the keynote speaker. Details at ucjf.org.

  • November 15, 2019  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Friday Evening Shabbat Service with Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Rachel Barenblat

    Rabbi Barenblat will speak about her recent trip to Cuba to meet with the Cuban Jewish community

  • November 15, 2019 - November 16, 2019  
    Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Rachel Barenblat

    All events are free and open to all.

    Friday, November 15
    6pm Shabbat Service
    Rabbi Rachel will speak about her recent trip visiting the Jewish community of Cuba

    Saturday, November 16
    10am Shabbat Service: Rabbi Rachel will offer the D’var Torah
    12pm: Pot Luck Lunch Bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share
    1-2:30pm “An Encounter with Psalms” Join Rabbi Rachel for an encounter with psalms, both the psalms of our tradition and the psalms of our own hearts. We'll learn about psalms, encounter them in new ways, and even write our own -- bring a notebook and pen, laptop, or your preferred writing device, and bring your open heart.

    4-5:30pm “Texts to the Holy” At our seu’dah shlishit (the ritual third meal of Shabbat) we’ll “dine” on yearning, niggunim, and poetry. Rabbi Rachel will share poems from Texts to the Holy, as well as poems of havdalah, as we open ourselves to a final flow of Shabbat holiness and then bring Shabbat to a close. Light refreshments will be served.

    Rabbi Rachel Barenblat, a founding builder at Bayit: Building Jewish, was named in 2016 by the Forward as one of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis. She holds dual ordination from ALEPH as rabbi and mashpi’ah (spiritual director). Since 2011 Rachel has served as spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel (North Adams, MA). She also served as past co-chair of ALEPH and interim Jewish chaplain to Williams College.  She holds an MFA in Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and is author of five volumes of poetry, among them 70 faces: Torah poems (Phoenicia Publishing, 2011), Open My Lips (Ben Yehuda Press, 2016) and Texts to the Holy (Ben Yehuda 2018). Since 2003 she has blogged as The Velveteen Rabbi, and in 2008 TIME named her blog one of the top 25 sites on the internet. 

    And please join us at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, NY on Sunday, November 17 for the annual Day of Jewish Learning, where Rabbi Rachel will be the keynote speaker. Details at ucjf.org.

  • November 16, 2019  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Shabbat Service Family Day and New Members Shabbat with guest scholar Rabbi Rachel Barenblat

    Join us for our monthly Family Day Shabbat Service and also as we welcome our Newest Members to the WJC. Our guest Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi Rachel Barenblat, will be offering the Torah teaching this morning.

  • November 16, 2019  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Pot Luck Shabbat Lunch

    Bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share

  • November 16, 2019  12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
    B'nai Mitzvah Class
  • November 16, 2019  1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    "An Encounter with Psalms" with Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Rachel Barenblat

    Join Rabbi Rachel for an encounter with psalms, both the psalms of our tradition and the psalms of our own hearts. We'll learn about psalms, encounter them in new ways, and even write our own -- bring a notebook and pen, laptop, or your preferred writing device, and bring your open heart.

  • November 16, 2019  4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    "Texts to the Holy" Seudah Shlishit with Rabbi Rachel Barenblat

    At our seu’dah shlishit (the ritual third meal of Shabbat) we’ll “dine” on yearning, niggunim, and poetry. Rabbi Rachel will share poems from Texts to the Holy, as well as poems of havdalah, as we open ourselves to a final flow of Shabbat holiness and then bring Shabbat to a close. Light refreshments will be served.

  • November 17, 2019  9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    UCJF Day of Jewish Learning
  • November 17, 2019  12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    "Small Works" Art Show Opening Reception
  • November 19, 2019  4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    Family School
  • November 19, 2019  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Men's Group
  • November 20, 2019  10:15 am - 11:30 am
    Chane's Yiddish Vinkl with Noami Halpern at Golden Hill
    Golden Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 99 Golden Hill Dr, Kingston, NY 12401, USA

    Adult learning

  • November 21, 2019  12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Adult Education Series: "A Rabbi and a Priest Study the Gospels Together" with Rabbi Jonathan Kligler and Reverend Matthew Wright

    Rabbi Jonathan Kligler and the Reverend Matthew Wright continue and deepen our exploration of the intersections between Judaism and Christianity. In this class series we will study the Christian Gospels of the New Testament in their original context: Judaism of the 1st century C.E. We will compare and contrast the teachings of Jesus to contemporaneous teachings of the Rabbis, and we will explore the accounts of Jesus life as a complex midrash on classic Jewish sources.

    Our course will extend over 9 sessions in November, December and January. Suggested donation: $75 for the series for members of WJC and St. Gregory's, $150 General; $10 per class for members of WJC and St. Gregory's, $20 General. Scholarships readily available, contact the WJC office.

    Adult Learning

  • November 21, 2019  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Board of Directors Meeting
  • November 22, 2019  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Friday Evening Shabbat Service with Kol Hai

    We are delighted to welcome Shir Yaakov Feit And the Kol Hai Jewish community of New Paltz as our special guests for both Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat morning services this weekend.
    Shir Yaakov and Rabbi Jonathan will be co-leading our services, which are sure to be especially musical, meaningful and uplifting. Come meet old and new friends, as our communities come together!

  • November 23, 2019  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Shabbat Service with Kol Hai

    We are delighted to welcome Shir Yaakov Feit And the Kol Hai Jewish community of New Paltz as our special guests for both Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat morning services this weekend.
    Shir Yaakov and Rabbi Jonathan will be co-leading our services, which are sure to be especially musical, meaningful and uplifting. Come meet old and new friends, as our communities come together!

  • November 24, 2019  12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Tefirah Lev Shalem chapter of The Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework


 

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