Film 'Within the Eye of the Storm'

May 7, 2015 - 7:30pm

Sponsored by the West End Synagogue Israel Connections committee.

Free and open to all.

Within the Eye of the Storm (images from film)Film and Discussion: 

Within the Eye of the Storm 

with Rabbi Reuven Greenvald

Thursday May 7th at 7:30pm


Film Summary: Bassam and Rami, former soldiers on opposite sides, embark on a joint mission to humanize the opposing sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to prevent the vicious cycle of retaliation after their daughters are killed in the conflict.

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald  is Director of Community Initiatives for MAKOM, a program of the Jewish Agency for Israel, that is creating new paradigms for thinking about the place of Israel in contemporary Jewish life. A graduate of the Jerusalem Fellows (Mandel Leadership Institute), he was a community day school leader in northern California and suburban DC.


Kabbalat Shabbat Unplugged

May 8, 2015 - 6:30pm

 Hazzan Piatigorsky 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 Havdalah Project: Meditation, Havdalah, and Schmoozing - May 9

May 9, 2015 - 6:30pm

Settle Your Mind > Excite Your Soul > Connect

6:30 Mindfulness Meditation (doors open 6-6:30)
7:30 Havdalah (door re-opens at 7:15)
8:00 Music Café  (Music and more.  Light refreshments.)

The second Saturday of each month (unless otherwise announced).

"Imagine the Possibilities:" a Shabbaton and Conference on the Future of Jewish Prayer, May 15-17

May 15, 2015

We at WES are thrilled to be part of a major weekend focusing on the future of Jewish prayer, sponsored by the Mordecai M. Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood and Mechon Hadar.  The conference will take place Sunday, May 17 at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 West 83rd Street; it will be preceded by a Shabbaton Friday-Saturday, May 15-16, in which WES will partner with the Society for the Advancement of Judaism (SAJ), 15 West 86th Street.

On Friday, May 15, WES will host SAJ for services and Shabbat dinner.  Our monthly Shirat HaLev service will take place at 6:30 pm; Dr. Mel Scult of WES will deliver the keynote address for the weekend, and a catered Shabbat dinner will follow. 

Please note that on Saturday, May 16, we will NOT hold services at WES -- instead, we will participate in services at the SAJ, 15 West 86th Street.  Services will begin at 9:30 am, and will feature multiple prayer options, including a contemplative service led by myself and Hazzan Ayelet; there will be a children's service for ages 5-10.  There will be a kosher catered lunch and a light dinner at the SAJ.   Note that we will hold our usual Tot Shabbat at WES at 11:30 am, and Kef Kids will meet at 2 pm.


The conference on the future of Jewish liturgy and prayer is designed to appeal both to scholars and other professionals and to interested laypeople.  Both the conference and the Shabbaton are free of charge and open to the public. However, advance registration is requiredThe conference on Sunday, May 17 will take place at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 West 83rd Street, beginning with check-in and coffee at 9:30 a.m., and sessions running from 10 am-6 p.m.  For the conference schedule, please click here. 

Shavuot 2015

Traditional papercut By unknown artist - early 20th century [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsSaturday, May 23 -
  Erev Shavuot
  Tikkun Leil Shavuot (time t.b.a.)

Sunday, May 24 - 10:00 am
  Shavuot/Yizkor Service

Monday, May 25
  2nd Day of Shavuot

Kef Kids - new program!

Registration is still open for our new Shabbat program for kids,
Pre-K—1st grade at West End Synagogue

Free, Weekly Drop-In Musical Shabbat Programs for Infants through Fourth Graders!

Tot Shabbat
for 0-4 Year Olds
and Parents,
every Shabbat/Saturday
11:30 am

Click here for more about
Tot Shabbat.


Shirat Shabbat
("Song of Shabbat")for K-4th Graders and Parents,
every Shabbat/Saturday
11:15 am

Click here for more about
Shirat Shabbat for K-4th grade.

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

Jewish Family Life and LearningJFLL blends 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 3rd-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. Make an appointment with ngold [at] westendsynagogue [dot] org (Nadia) to learn more about our unique brand of Jewish education.

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