"Imagine a World Without Hate:" Human Rights Shabbat

December 5, 2015 - 11:30am

WES will mark Human Rights Shabbat with a special presentation by Joshua Cohen, ADL New Jersey Regional Director, who will speak on ADL's approach to combatting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry.  

In 2013, in honor of its Centennial Year, ADL launched the “Imagine a World Without Hate” campaign, which imagines a world without racism, homophobia or anti-Semitism.

Mr. Cohen will describe this vision and the current state of international and local anti-Semitism. Ways to fight anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia, bigotry and prejudice in our community will also be shared.  Please join us for this timely program that explores the many forms of scapegoating that challenge Chanukah’s message of tolerance.

A Rocking Chanukah Celebration for All Ages, Sunday Dec. 6, 3-6 pm!

December 6, 2015 - 3:00pm

3pm: Crafts for children and, for adults, a workshop on Chanukah and Human Rights, led by Rabbi Marc Margolius.

4pm: “Any Way You Light It” —a rock show by international Jewish music sensation Naomi Less and her half-Israeli, half-American band. Get ready to rock out! You'll be footstompin' to unforgettable pop tunes and swaying to heart-opening soulful songs.

5pm: Latkes (and a cash vodka bar for adults), communal singing, dreidel-playing, and menorah lighting.

Kef Kids: Jewish Fun for PreK-2d Graders!

A Creative New Approach to Jewish Learning

Kef Kids is a bi-monthly program on Saturday afternoons offering pre-K through 2nd graders a Jewish experience in a fun, informal setting. 

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.

Matt Wolpe Rocks Shabbat with K-4th Graders at WES every Shabbat!

WES welcomes Matt Wolpe as our new Shirat Shabbat songleader

Matt Wolpe is a singer, songwriter, actor, and teacher. He brings energy and fun to Jewish communities all around the globe. As a performer he has been seen on stage with such wonderful musicians as; Rick Recht, Saul Kaye, and Craig Taubman's Friday Night Live to name a few. You can listen to songs Matt co wrote with Josh Schriber, lead singer of Josh and The Jamtones as well as other songs on his Website, MattWolpe.com. He studied songwriting and theatre at Berklee College of Music and The Boston Conservatory and has been seen in plays and musicals all around the country. 

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 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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