JEWISH SPIRITUAL PRACTICE AT THE WJC: Yoga with a Full Heart

Mondays in July, 1-2:15pm
A unique yoga experience touched by Jewish blessing.

ZOOM (BA DA BOOM) JOKE NIGHT!

Wednesday, July 15 at 7pm ET
Raise your hand. Share a joke. With Emcee Rondavid Gold

A Jewish Book Club! with Rabbi Ellen Triebwasser

Tuesdays, 1-2:15pm
We're reading "People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks

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Upcoming Events
  • July 14, 2020  1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
    Book Club led by Rabbi Ellen Triebwasser

    Adult Learning:  Our new book is "People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks. It is a novel that blends the long history of the Sarajevo Haggadah with modern day politics and the emotions of people  involved with preserving it. 

    For our first meeting we will talk about the real Sarajevo Haggadah and discuss only the first section of the book. We will not meet on June 23 and will continue meeting weekly on June 30.

    For more information click here.

    In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding—an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair—she begins to unlock the book’s mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book’s journey from its salvation back to its creation. 

  • July 15, 2020  1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
    JEWISH SPIRITUAL PRACTICE AT THE WJC: Spiritual Tools from Our Tradition with Rabbi Pauline Tamari Ph.D.

    Adult Learning: “Spiritual Sage-ing in a time of Brokenness”
    With Rabbi Pauline Tamari and Rabbi Ellen Triebwasser

    With age come perspective and wisdom. Let us recognize our status as elders and tap into the inner wisdom we may not realize we possess to find ways to understand both ourselves and this unforeseen world we are living in. We will use the spiritual tools of our tradition to offer our wisdom to those we love in an ethical will and discover ways to uncover and spread truth and light.  

    Join us by clicking here.  

    Spiritual Practice at the WJC

    We have moved our synagogue programs online and are pleased to be able to offer a meeting place to deepen and to strengthen our spiritual lives and community. Our offerings tap different streams of Jewish spiritual practice. All are welcome to join in, and there is no charge.

    On the days when we learn and practice from 1-2pm, at 2pm we will offer a communal healing prayer and also take advantage of our online minyan to provide an opportunity for anyone who needs to recite the Mourner’s Kaddish. Feel free to join us at 2pm, even if you have not been participating during the previous hour!

  • July 15, 2020  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    WJC JOKE NIGHT!

    ZOOM

    (BA DA BOOM)

    JOKE NIGHT!

     

    Never has there been a more desperate need for laughter.

    Join the group.  Raise your hand. Share a joke (or jokes).

    (Keep ‘em PG rated.)

    Rondavid Gold will be on hand to MC…and to prove that you don’t have to have talent to MC.

    Come.  Eat snacks. Share the laughs.  G-d knows we need it.

  • July 16, 2020  1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
    JEWISH SPIRITUAL PRACTICE AT THE WJC: Insights from the Weekly Torah Portion with Rabbi Jonathan Kligler

    Adult Learning: 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 we will highlight passages and interpretations from the weekly parashah that give us insight and strength to navigate the current crisis.
    Join us by clicking here.  

    Spiritual Practice at the WJC

    We have moved our synagogue programs online and are pleased to be able to offer a meeting place to deepen and to strengthen our spiritual lives and community. Our offerings tap different streams of Jewish spiritual practice. All are welcome to join in, and there is no charge.

    On the days when we learn and practice from 1-2pm, at 2pm we will offer a communal healing prayer and also take advantage of our online minyan to provide an opportunity for anyone who needs to recite the Mourner’s Kaddish. Feel free to join us at 2pm, even if you have not been participating during the previous hour!

  • July 16, 2020  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    (Online) Board of Directors Meeting
  • July 17, 2020  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    (Online) Friday Evening Shabbat Service (Summer Hours)

    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

  • July 18, 2020  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

  • July 19, 2020  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Women's Rosh Chodesh Group
  • July 20, 2020  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    JEWISH SPIRITUAL PRACTICE AT THE WJC: Yoga with a Full Heart with Susan Blacker

    WJC's Yoga With A Full Heart

    Blending a gentle yoga class with Jewish wisdom to create a unique experience deepening our connection to body, mind and spirit. This four class series will be infused with aspects of Jewish practice: Morning Blessing, Our Hidden Light, Hineni(Here I Am), Finding Our Essential Self, and Sh'ma - Listening to Our Deepest Voice.

    All are welcome to this gentle class. Chair alternatives will be offered. This will be a unique yoga experience touched by Jewish blessing.

    Susan Blacker is a certified Kripalu instructor since 2002 specializing in therapeutic yoga for seniors. Susan currently teaches 2 weekly classes for the Woodstock Senior Recreation Program and offers gentle yoga classes through Lifetime Learning Institute at Bard College. Susan is excited to weave together the beauty of Judaism with the practice of yoga to see where it might lead us.

    If you have questions, you can reach Susan at ssblacker@gmail.com.

  • July 21, 2020  1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
    Book Club led by Rabbi Ellen Triebwasser

    Adult Learning:  Our new book is "People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks. It is a novel that blends the long history of the Sarajevo Haggadah with modern day politics and the emotions of people  involved with preserving it. 

    For our first meeting we will talk about the real Sarajevo Haggadah and discuss only the first section of the book. We will not meet on June 23 and will continue meeting weekly on June 30.

    For more information click here.

    In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding—an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair—she begins to unlock the book’s mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book’s journey from its salvation back to its creation. 

  • July 21, 2020  6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
    Breathing, Awareness, and Joy with Carol Fox Prescott

    Adult Learning:   A Theater Workshop with Carol Fox Prescott
    Please contact Maxine Davidowitz by email to receive a Zoom invite.
    maxine.davidowitz@gmail.com

    adult learning

  • July 22, 2020  1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
    JEWISH SPIRITUAL PRACTICE AT THE WJC: Spiritual Tools from Our Tradition with Rabbi Pauline Tamari Ph.D.

    Adult Learning: “Spiritual Sage-ing in a time of Brokenness”
    With Rabbi Pauline Tamari and Rabbi Ellen Triebwasser

    With age come perspective and wisdom. Let us recognize our status as elders and tap into the inner wisdom we may not realize we possess to find ways to understand both ourselves and this unforeseen world we are living in. We will use the spiritual tools of our tradition to offer our wisdom to those we love in an ethical will and discover ways to uncover and spread truth and light.  

    Join us by clicking here.  

    Spiritual Practice at the WJC

    We have moved our synagogue programs online and are pleased to be able to offer a meeting place to deepen and to strengthen our spiritual lives and community. Our offerings tap different streams of Jewish spiritual practice. All are welcome to join in, and there is no charge.

    On the days when we learn and practice from 1-2pm, at 2pm we will offer a communal healing prayer and also take advantage of our online minyan to provide an opportunity for anyone who needs to recite the Mourner’s Kaddish. Feel free to join us at 2pm, even if you have not been participating during the previous hour!

  • July 23, 2020  1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
    JEWISH SPIRITUAL PRACTICE AT THE WJC: Insights from the Weekly Torah Portion with Rabbi Jonathan Kligler

    Adult Learning: 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 we will highlight passages and interpretations from the weekly parashah that give us insight and strength to navigate the current crisis.
    Join us by clicking here.  

    Spiritual Practice at the WJC

    We have moved our synagogue programs online and are pleased to be able to offer a meeting place to deepen and to strengthen our spiritual lives and community. Our offerings tap different streams of Jewish spiritual practice. All are welcome to join in, and there is no charge.

    On the days when we learn and practice from 1-2pm, at 2pm we will offer a communal healing prayer and also take advantage of our online minyan to provide an opportunity for anyone who needs to recite the Mourner’s Kaddish. Feel free to join us at 2pm, even if you have not been participating during the previous hour!

  • July 24, 2020  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    (Online) Friday Evening Shabbat Service (Summer Hours)

    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

  • July 25, 2020  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

  • July 25, 2020  8:15 pm - 9:15 pm
    "Drive-In" Havdalah Ceremony (and Food Drive!) at the WJC Parking Lot!

    We want to see one another, and we had this idea: Let's use our big parking lot as a "Drive-in"! We will watch the dusk fall and wait for 3 stars to emerge. Then Rabbi Jonathan will lead us in a beautiful outdoor havdalah ceremony. Social distancing guidelines will be carefully adhered to. Bring your lawn chairs, havdalah candles, wine, spice boxes if you have them, and join us! In case of rain, our make-up date is August 1.

    When you come, if you are able please bring non-perishable food donations to help stock the Family of Woodstock Food Pantry. Since we will not be able to mount our annual food collection drive for them this fall, we are looking for other opportunities to support them, and this is a good one! A truck will be parked at the synagogue to take our donations. Since shopping can be difficult right now, we will also be accepting cash and check contributions to Family of Woodstock. 

    Fill paper bags/a carton or even re-useable bags. Or bring an entire case of an item if you can. Items sorely needed include: 
    Canned /packaged goods
    Juices any kind, eg apple juice 
    Jams/jelly other than grape, strawberry
    Spaghhetti sauce  
    Canned beans.  
    Cereal.  
    Items to heat in microwave.
    No peanut butter.  

  • July 26, 2020  10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Update from Israel, Part 2

    Update from Israel, Part 2

    with our friends and teachers 

    Yitzhak Sokoloff, Kayla Ship and Ariel Fogelman of Keshet Educational Journeys

    Sunday, July 5 10:30am-12:00pm

    A Virtual B.Y.O.B.* Brunch

    (*Bring your own bagels J)

    We had such an engaging time during our first conversation that all of us - participants and presenters alike - asked to meet again! Please join us for this special opportunity for a conversation with not one, but three of the Israel experts from Keshet. Keshet Educational Journeys has been guiding our trips to Israel since 1996, leading us on informed, balanced, sophisticated, nuanced, thought-provoking and inspiring “seminars-on-wheels.”

     During this time when we cannot travel abroad, we are so grateful for this chance to get some real-time updates about life and politics in Israel from our wonderful teachers. Rabbi Jonathan will moderate the discussion. All are welcome - we hope you tune in!

    Join us on Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/658877253

  • July 27, 2020  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    JEWISH SPIRITUAL PRACTICE AT THE WJC: Yoga with a Full Heart with Susan Blacker

    WJC's Yoga With A Full Heart

    Blending a gentle yoga class with Jewish wisdom to create a unique experience deepening our connection to body, mind and spirit. This four class series will be infused with aspects of Jewish practice: Morning Blessing, Our Hidden Light, Hineni(Here I Am), Finding Our Essential Self, and Sh'ma - Listening to Our Deepest Voice.

    All are welcome to this gentle class. Chair alternatives will be offered. This will be a unique yoga experience touched by Jewish blessing.

    Susan Blacker is a certified Kripalu instructor since 2002 specializing in therapeutic yoga for seniors. Susan currently teaches 2 weekly classes for the Woodstock Senior Recreation Program and offers gentle yoga classes through Lifetime Learning Institute at Bard College. Susan is excited to weave together the beauty of Judaism with the practice of yoga to see where it might lead us.

    If you have questions, you can reach Susan at ssblacker@gmail.com.


 

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