Welcome to West End Synagogue, a Reconstructionist congregation on New York's Upper West Side dedicated to building an intellectually challenging, spiritually vibrant, diverse, and mutually supportive Jewish community.
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Before our weekly Tot Shabbat Service, parents of children under 4 are invited to join Tovah Klein Ph.D, Director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development as she discusses her new book:
We will begin with coffee and bagels, after which Dr. Klein will highlight some of the parenting strategies featrued in the book, followed by a Q and A. Babysitting will be provided during the Book Talk and afterward, parents and children will reunite to join in the Tot Shabbat Service, led by NYMT's 'Next Broadway Sensation,' Alexis Fishman.
Free -- registration required, childcare provided. Click HERE to register.
The groundbreaking insights in the book include:
• Why “The Terrible Twos” is a myth, and how accepting it as a given is a mistake.
• The inadvertent ways well-meaning parents “shame” toddlers and in doing so harm their development.
• Why taking a “seven day” view of a toddler’s eating habits—as opposed to strictly enforcing every single meal—is the only approach to healthy eating that is unlikely to backfire.
• How parents can identify and learn from the important links between how they were parented and how they approach raising their toddlers.
• Why telling a toddler to share can be a bad idea.
• How seeing the world through a toddler’s eyes changes how you parent and makes life more enjoyable for you and your child.
Settle Your Mind > Excite Your Soul > Connect
Second Saturday of each month
Saturday, March 8, after Havdalah
Short Film, Refreshments
VIDEO: "Arab Labor"
A donation of blood can help save three lives -- because each donation can be separated into 3 components: red cells, platelets, and plasma. Less than 2% of eligible people in the NY-NJ area donate blood, although 2,000 donations are needed daily by close to 200 hospitals in this area. Donating blood is truly giving the gift of life.
Watch this video and see how your donation of blood can save a real person's life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uwHvgbzwsI
Register by phone at 212 579 0777, ext. 305, or by emailing blooddrive2014 [at] westendsynagogue [dot] org. Appointments are helpful, but walk-ins will also be welcome.There will be snacks on hand for all donors.
This year's Blood Drive is coordinated jointly by the Social Action Committees of West End Synagogue and Shearith Israel.
A pint for a pint - Ben's Deli has generously offered gift certificates for a pint of soup to each person who donates a pint of blood!
NYT: “It is guaranteed to trouble any one, left, right, center or head in the sand, with confidence or certainly in his or her own opinions. If you need reassurance or grounds for optimism about the Middle East, you will not find it here. What you will find is rare, welcome and almost unbearable clarity.”
Jewish Family Life and Learning replaces the Hebrew School model with a dynamic new paradigm integrating children's classroom learning with creative, family-based celebration of Shabbat and the cycle of Jewish holidays, and intergenerational Tikkun Olam (social action) activities. Our Tot Shabbat is a warm, welcoming special Shabbat morning program each week for younger children and their parents. Dor Hadash ("New Generation") is our program of dynamic weekly teen learning activities led by our Rabbi, Hazzan, Educational Director and lay leaders.
From tots to teens, we seek to instill in our children and parents a love of Judaism and Jewish culture through our philosophy of creative, whole family, hands-on learning. Our goal is to create a dynamic, inclusive community of families, all on a journey of Jewish discovery.