"Changing Ourselves, Changing Our World: Turning into the New Year Through Mindfulness Practice," Wed. Sept. 21, 28

A Two-Session Workshop with Bernice Todres, Wednesday September 21 and 28, 7:30-9 pm

Through the month of Elul the shofar calls us once again to listen, to look deeply, to hear the small still voice within.  In this two part workshop on Wednesday nights, September 21 and 28 from 7:30-9 pm, master teacher Bernice Todres will invite us, through the lens of Mindfulness, to have the courage to turn, to begin the journey of changing ourselves in order to change our world.

Bernice Todres, a psychologist and a teacher of meditation for over 30 years, has specialized in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) since 1993.  During the past 15 years she has taught MBSR in high schools, hospitals (for people with cancer) and senior centers.   Bernice has been a pioneer in Mind-Body Medicine since the early 70's, and has been on the faculty of Makom, the Center for Mindfulness  at the JCC on the Upper West Side since 2002. 

To register, click here.

Join us at WES for the High Holy Days 2016/5777!


Looking for a home for the High Holy Days?  

Join us at West End Synagogue! Guest tickets are available to non-members on a first come, first served basis.

Special Family Rates: We offer creative and engaging family services and children’s programming throughout the holidays.  Call
Rabbi Nadia Gold, 212-579-0777 ext. 222 for details.


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"Syria and Beyond: A Jewish Response to Today’s Refugees" w/ Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, Shabbat morning, October 15

October 15, 2016 - 11:30am

Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, Vice President for Community Engagement for HIAS (the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society),  will be the guest speaker for our annual Rabbi Avi Winokur Social Justice Lecture on Shabbat morning, October 15; her topic will be "Syria and Beyond: A Jewish Response to Today’s Refugees." She will speak at 11:30 am during Shabbat services on the current refugee crisis and how Jewish text, values and history call on us to respond.

Rabbi Rosenn is mobilizing the Jewish community to advance HIAS’ work with refugees in the United States and around the world.  There are more refugees and displaced persons in the world today than at any time since World War II. Conflict and persecution are driving millions from their homes, leaving them stateless and vulnerable.  In the U.S., recent backlash is threatening America’s legacy as a country that welcomes refugees. Guided by Jewish values and history, HIAS works around the world to protect those refugees who have been forced to flee their homelands because of who they are, including ethnic, religious and sexual minorities. 

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

Jewish Family Life and LearningJFLL blends individual choice with experiential and whole family learning.  

Click here for quick links to request info or registration forms for 2016-2017.

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. Make an appointment with ngold [at] westendsynagogue [dot] org (Nadia) to learn more about our unique brand of Jewish education.

Kef Kids: Jewish Fun for Pre K-2d Graders!

A Creative New Approach to Jewish Learning!  Kef Kids is a bi-monthly program on Saturday afternoons offering pre-K through second graders a fun, hands-on Jewish experience. 

Reconstructionist Judaism on One Foot (Video)

Enjoy this brief, entertaining video introducing the Reconstructionist approach to Judaism.  For more information, click here.

Selichot: "What Matters: Shaping our Legacy While We're Here, " Sat. night Sept. 24

We will "kick off"the High Holiday season Saturday night, September 24 with Selichot, which introduces the melodies and themes of the Yamim Nora'im (Days of Awe). Our evening will feature an interactive workshop led by Rabbi Margolius on "What Matters: Shaping our Legacy While We're Here." Here's the lineup for the evening:

7 pm:  Mindfulness meditation led by Rabbi Margolius  (doors open at 6:30 pm)

8 pm:  Havdalah and refreshments

8:30 pm:  "What Matters: Shaping our Legacy While We're Here."  Rabbi Margolius will introduce the ancient Jewish practice of writing an "ethical will," a document or letter expressing one's core values and principles.  This workshop is aimed to help us connect with one of the primary themes of the Days of Awe:  deep reflection on our mortality and on the legacy we wish to leave by the way in which we "inscribe ourselves in the Book of Life," 

9:30 pm:  Musical, contemplative Selichot service led by Rabbi Margolius, Hazzan Porzecanski, and our new Bert Linder Rabbinic Intern Diane Tracht, featuring the major themes and melodies of the High Holidays.

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