We gather for a special contemplative, musical celebration of Shabbat on the third Friday of each month, featuring seating in the round, percussion accompaniment, and very spirited communal singing of the Shabbat prayers and blessings. Shirat HaLev is a wonderful way to release the stresses of another New York City week, and connect with one’s self and the West End Synagogue community. (click image to listen to L'cha dodi)
Why Reconstructionism: Ten Steps Towards a Meaning-Based Judaism
Reconstructionist Judaism represents a path by which we search for meaning and enhance our lives. In ten monthly sessions, Rabbi Margolius will lead us through the core principles of Reconstructionist Judaism, exploring how it can help us find greater meaning in our daily lives, individually and collectively.
Each session will be held in the West End Synagogue sanctuary as part of our Shabbat service, which begin at 10 a.m. The study session will run from approximately 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. (except for session 7 on March 28, which will take place from 9 to 10 a.m.). Please join us after services for our kiddush luncheon.
Rabbi Marc Margolius became spiritual leader of West End Synagogue in 2010. He also currently directs alumni programs for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, a center for the cultivation of Jewish contemplative practices among rabbis, cantors, educators and lay leaders. Ordained in 1989 at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Rabbi Margolius graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School.
Session 1: Mordecai Kaplan on One Foot (September 20)
Session 2: Judaism as a Civilization (October 18)
Session 3 A God You Can Believe In (November 15)
Session 4: Reclaiming the Power of Myth (December 20)
Session 5: Praying as a Reconstructionist (January 17)
Session 6: Melding Innovation with Tradition (February 28)
Session 7: Values-Based Decision Making (March 28, 9-10 am)
Session 8: Living in Two Civilizations (May 2)
Session 9: Seeing the World Each Day with Reconstructionist Eyes (May 16)
Session 10: Reconstructing Zionism (June 27)
"Don't Drink the Poison - How to Forgive for Good," our Selichot program/service Sat. night Sept. 20
The Hebrew month of Elul introduces the process of heshbon hanefesh (accounting of the soul) in which we review our year, reflecting on where we are in our journeys, and setting our intention to be more mindful, compassionate, and generous in the year ahead. Join us for an evening of reflection, learning, and song Saturday night, September 20:
6:30 pm: Doors open
7-7:45 pm: Mindfulness meditation led by Rabbi Margolius
8 pm: Refreshments and Havdalah
We proudly offer a cutting-edge approach to Jewish education blending individual choice with experiential and whole family learning. This year we are excited to pilot a new partnership with the groundbreaking Jewish Journeys Project (JJP) at the JCC in Manhattan for families with 3-4th grade children.
Click here for quick links to request info or registration forms for 2014-2015. Rabbi Nadia Gold, our Director of Family Engagement, is always eager to speak with our current and prospective JFLL families and WES members at large. To learn more about our about our unique brand of Jewish education, make an appointment to meet with Rabbi Nadia or schedule a visit.
Join Alexis Fishamn, winner of the Next Broadway Musical Star competition, for a free, drop in musical program for children 0-4 years old every Shabbat morning from 11:30 am-12:15 pm, featuring music, parent-child interaction, and stories. Visitors always welcome!
Shirat Shabbat ("Song of Shabbat") for K-4th Graders and Parents, every Shabbat/Saturday, 11:15 am
Join our amazing Hazzan Ayelet Piatigorsky, Rabbi Nadia Gold, and talented Jewish educator/musicians for a musical celebration of Shabbat for K-4th graders, we will be holding a weekly Shirat Shabbat musical program each Saturday morning from 11:15 am-12:15 pm. Then join the WES community for a festive kiddush luncheon. Visitors always welcome!