Join Us for Services

Shabbat is meant to be a weekly spiritual retreat, an opportunity to be renewed, restored, and refreshed. A full experience of Shabbat is needed in today’s world perhaps more than ever before. Let us nurture you during Shabbat at WJC, with enlivening song and prayer.

Our endlessly busy lives leave precious little time for deep engagement and reflection. Give yourself a gift of a Shabbat, a true retreat and rest, so that you can explore new horizons that beckon you, and reconnect with your precious inner life.

 

Friday Kabbalat Shabbat Services are at 7:30pm in the summer and 6pm in the winter.  Check the calendar for when the time changes.

 

On the First Friday of every month we do not have services, instead we have a Shabbat dinner. Join in for this family-friendly Kiddush, candle-lighting and meal. Bring a dairy or vegetarian dish to share.

 

Saturday mornings services are always at 10am followed by Kiddush.

 

Reminders:

  • When attending services, please be perfume and scent-free and avoid wearing furs; many of our congregants have allergies.
  • We are a dairy-vegetarian facility. Please ensure that all food and drinks that you bring into the building meet these guidelines.

UPCOMING SERVICES

  • 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 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 29, 2019  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Friday Evening Shabbat Service (Winter Hours)
  • November 30, 2019  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Shabbat Service
  • December 6, 2019  5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Kid-Friendly Intergenerational Shabbat Service
  • December 7, 2019  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Shabbat Service
  • December 13, 2019  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Friday Evening Shabbat Service Roberta Schiff speaks on Judaism and Veganism

    Robbie will also prepare a delicious vegan kiddush for us to enjoy!

  • December 14, 2019  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Shabbat Service Family Day
  • December 20, 2019  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Friday Evening Shabbat Service (Winter Hours)
  • December 21, 2019  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Shabbat Service Bat Mitzvah of Sonya Katz
  • December 27, 2019  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Friday Evening Shabbat Service (Winter Hours)
  • December 28, 2019  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Shabbat Service
  • January 3, 2020  5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Kid-Friendly Intergenerational Shabbat Service
  • January 4, 2020  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Shabbat Service
  • January 10, 2020  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Friday Evening Shabbat Service (Winter Hours)
  • January 11, 2020  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Shabbat Service Family Day