Calm Down at WES: Yedid Nefesh ("Companion of the Soul") Kabbalat Shabbat Meditation Service

April 24, 2015 - 6:30pm

Rabbi Marc Margolius leads Yedid Nefesh ("Companion of the Soul"), a contemplative service for Shabbat evening consisting largely of guided silent meditation, interspersed with chanting and a short teaching.  No prior meditation experience is necessary.

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Shabbat morning series: Why Reconstructionism -- Values-Based Decision Making (March 28, 9-10 am)

March 28, 2015 - 9:00am

Why Reconstructionism: Ten Steps Towards a Meaning-Based Judaism

Session 7:  Values-Based Decision Making (March 28, 9-10 am)

Reconstructionist Judaism represents a path by which we search for meaning and enhance our lives. In ten monthly sessions, Rabbi Marc Margolius will lead us through the core principles of Reconstructionist Judaism, exploring how it can help us find greater meaning in our daily lives, individually and collectively.  TODAY'S session will be held from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.  Please join us for services, following immediately in the sanctuary.  And we welcome you to join us after services for our kiddush luncheon.

For a full list of dates and sessions, click here.

The Role of Liberal Judaism in Israel with guest Rabbi Joshua Weinberg

March 28, 2015 - 11:30am

After the Torah service, we are honored to welcome Rabbi Joshua Weinberg, the President of the Association of Reform Zionists of America, who will speak at 11:30 am on "The Role of Liberal Judaism in Israel."

Rabbi Josh Weinberg is the President of ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America.  He was recently ordained from the HUC-JIR Israeli Rabbinic Program in Jerusalem, and has is currently living in New York.  Josh previously served as the Director of the Israel program for the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and as a faculty member of NFTY-EIE High School in Israel teaching Jewish History. Josh is a reserve officer in the IDF spokesperson’s unit, has hiked the Israel-trail, and came on Aliyah to Israel in 2003.

Passover at WES

Day one Pesach service -
10 AM on Saturday, April 4th

Day seven Pesach service/Yizkor -
10 AM on Friday, April 10th

Regular Friday night service -
6:30 PM on April 10th

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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