Hazzan Porzecanski leads "Shabbat Unplugged", an intimate and musically acoustic celebration of Shabbat; the long exhale at the end of the week, on the second Friday of each month at 6:30 pm
The annual New York Day of Reconstructionist Learning will take place January 29, 2017, from 12:15-6:00 p.m., at the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, 15 West 86th Street. The keynote address, "Sir, I know just how you feel": Cultivating Moral Courage in Challenging Times," will be delivered by Rabbi Joshua Lesser of Congregation Bet Haverim in Atlanta GA, and Chair of RRC/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities Tikkun Olam Commission.
- Joel Hecker, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Jewish Mysticism at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
- Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann, Society for the Advancement of Judaism
- Allison Spitz-Perry, Attorney, Immigration Law (SAJ)
- Rabbi Marc Margolius, West End Synagogue
- Elsie Stern, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
- Rabbi Elliott Tepperman, Bnai Keshet
- Rabbi David Teutsch, Director of the Center for Jewish Ethics at RRC
- Cyd Weissman, Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Impact at RRC/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities
Rabbi Margolius spoke on Shabbat morning, January 7, on “What Matters: Caring Conversations About End of Life,” a program in which WES is participating to promote facilitated, Jewish values-based conversations about wishes for the end of life.
"What Matters" (whatmattersny.org) is based at the JCC, funded by Plaza Memorial Chapel, and has engaged with several synagogues and communal organizations in New York City over the past 18 months. It is based on an evidence-based Advance Care Planning program that was developed at Gundersen Health Center in LaCrosse, Wisconsin in order to fill the gap between the legal documentation of advance directives, such as power of attorney for health care, and the emotional and spiritual reality of what it means to make decisions for a loved on.
Rabbi Margolius's talk was the first in a series of WES programs including film discussion group, panel discussion, a book group discussion, and a panel featuring a physician, an attorney, rabbi, and an ethicist.