Lisa Ravdin, PhD, on Memory

September 7, 2014 - 10:00am

Our Memory as We Age

Spirituality and Aging Program -
Guest Speaker, Lisa Ravdin - and Brunch
Sponsored by YMAE Spirituality and Aging Initiative

Free and open to the public.

Lisa D. Ravdin, PhD, ABPP-CN is a Board Certified Neuropsychologist and Director of the Weill Cornell Neuropsychology Service in the Department of Neurology & Neuroscience at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.  Dr. Ravdin is a member of the Weill Cornell Memory Disorders Program. In addition, she is a co-investigator on a number of research initiatives relating to cognitive decline associated with neurologic disease (Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease) and depression. 

Bereaved Israeli and Palestinian Parents in Dialogue at WES Shabbat morning Sept. 13

September 13, 2014 - 11:30am

Robi DamelinWES welcomes Robi Damelin and Bassam Aramin, spokespersons for the Parents Circle-Bassam AraminFamilies Forum, composed of bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families. Despite each having lost a child as a result of the conflict, both Bassam and Robi work for a change in attitudes towards reconciliation between Jews and Palestinians.  They will speak during Shabbat services, at 11:30 a.m.

The Parents Circle – Families Forum (PCFF) is a joint Israeli-Palestinian organization of over 600 families who have lost a close family member in the conflict. The PCFF was established in 1995 by Yitzhak Frankental and several bereaved Israeli families. In 1998, meetings were held with a group of Palestinians families from Gaza who identified with the call to prevent further bereavement through dialogue, tolerance, peace and reconciliation. From 2000, the PCFF expanded to include Palestinian families from both the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Selichot 2014

SATURDAY NIGHT, 25 Elul 5774
September 20, 2014

6:30 pm Doors open
7-7:45 pm Mindfulness mediation practice led by Rabbi Margolius
8 pm Refreshments and Havdalah
8:30 pm 'Don't Drink the Poison: How to Forgive for Good'
9:30 pm Selichot service

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. 

High Holy Days at West End Synagogue



High Holy Days 2014 / Yamim Noraim 5775



JFLL: Our Cutting-Edge Approach to Jewish Learning for Families

Jewish Family Life and LearningWe 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.

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