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

November 28, 2014 - 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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The Gabbai: Sacred Conductor, Choreographer, Safety Net and Host, D'var Torah by Hazzan Piatigorsky

December 13, 2014 - 11:30am

The Gabbai: Sacred Conductor, Choreographer, Safety Net and Host

D’var Torah by Hazzan Ayelet Piatigorsky

Shabbat, December 13 during services

One of the least understood roles in synagogue life is that   of the gabbai—all at once a conductor, choreographer, safety net, gracious host, and one of the most ritually knowledgeable people on the bimah during the public reading of the Torah.  Hazzan Piatigorsky will reveal the holiness of this ancient role,  including how the gabbai ensures that the correct and full meaning of our sacred text is conveyed through its cantillation.

Sponsored by Yad Mordecai Adult Education and Aging & Spirituality


Why Reconstructionism (Dec. 20th)

December 20, 2014 - 11:30am

Why Reconstructionism: Ten Steps Towards a Meaning-Based Judaism

Session 4: Reclaiming the Power of Myth (December 20)

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.  Each session will be held in the West End Synagogue sanctuary as part of our Shabbat service, which begin at 10 a.m. The study session will run from approximately 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.  Please join us after services for our kiddush luncheon.

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

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

Join Alexis Fishman, winner of the Next Broadway Musical Star competition, for a free, drop in musical program for children 0-4 years old every Shabbat morning from 11:30 am-12:15 pm, featuring music, parent-child interaction, and stories.  Visitors always welcome!

Click here for more about Tot Shabbat.


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

Join our amazing Hazzan Ayelet Piatigorsky, Rabbi Nadia Gold, and talented Jewish educator/musicians for a musical celebration of Shabbat for K-4th graders, we will be holding a weekly Shirat Shabbat musical program each Saturday morning from 11:15 am-12:15 pm.  Then join the WES community for a festive kiddush luncheon.  Visitors always welcome!

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 LearningWe proudly offer a cutting-edge approach to Jewish education blending 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 3-4th 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. To learn more about our about our unique brand of Jewish education, make an appointment to meet with Rabbi Nadia or schedule a visit.

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