Find Your Rhythm! #shabbatrevolution OPEN HOUSE for Families and Kids!

May 6, 2016 - 5:00pm


Open House for Families with Kids:  

  • Friday, May 6:  Wine & Cheese Schmooze with our Clergy at 5 pm, Family-Friendly Musical Shabbat Service at 6 pm, Shabbat dinner 7 pm
  • Saturday, May 21:  Shabbat Morning Learning Service (with babysitting for 0-4 yrs), 10 am; Tot Shabbat (0-4 yrs), Shirat Shabbat Musical Program (K-4th grade) at 11:30 am; kiddush lunch at 12:30 pm

Open House for Adults:  

  • Friday, May 20:  Wine & Cheese Schmooze with our Clergy at 5:30 pm, "Song of the Heart" Musical Shabbat Service 6:30 pm

​For more information: welcome [at] westendsynagogue [dot] org (subject: WES%20Open%20House) or call 212-579-0777 x220.

"The Lady in Number 6": WES Remembers on Yom HaShoah, Wed. May 4, 7:30 pm

May 4, 2016 - 7:30pm

Our annual deeply moving WES Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance service will take place Wednesday evening, May 4, at 7:30 pm.

7:30 pm, ​"The Lady in Number 6."  We'll begin by viewing this Academy Award-winning short film about Alice Herz-Sommer, a German-speaking Jewish pianist from Prague who was at her death the world's oldest Holocaust survivor.  In the documentary, she discusses the importance of music, laughter, and how to have an optimistic outlook on life.  Herz (1903–2014) died at age 110, one week before the Academy Awards ceremony at which the film was honored.  

8:15 pm, YOM HASHOAH SERVICE.  The film will lead into our powerful annual Yom HaShoah service of remembrance from 8:15-9 pm, including yizkor candle-lighting, poems,  and songs.  We will again symbolically use the Holocaust Torah rescued from Prague by the Kolodny-Amon family and restored by the Starr-Siegel family. 

READING OF THE NAMES:  ​Following the service, join members of our fellow Upper West Side congregations to remember and recite the names of those we lost in the Shoah, at Temple Rodeph Sholom, 10 West 84th Street.  From 12 midnight-12:30 am, WES members are encouraged to attend as we take turns reading the names of Shoah victims. 

This half-hour is the responsibility of West Enders. If you have never done this before, it is a quietly moving experience, and one you'll long remember.  Contact Mark Nazimova , mark [dot] nazimova [at] gmail [dot] com,​ for more information.

The reading of the names will continue throughout the day on Thursday, May 5, from 9 am - 6 pm at the JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street, in the 7th floor Beit Midrash.  All are welcome.

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. 

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.  

Click here for quick links to request info or registration forms for 2015-2016.

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.

Reconstructionist Judaism on One Foot (Video)

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

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