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The Lev Shalem Institute (LSI) is the center for inspiring full-hearted living through the wisdom, joy, and gifts of Judaism. Participate for a day, a weekend workshop, or even longer intensive retreats at our beautiful synagogue surrounded by 34 acres of fields, ponds and forest, in the storied arts and music community of Woodstock, New York. Join our email list. Follow us as we grow.
 
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LSI News

“In The Tent of Abraham: The Mystical Heart of Islam, Christianity and Judaism” begins this coming Tuesday, November 15!

Dear Friends, Just a brief note today to remind you all about the course that I will be co-teaching with inspiring colleagues at the WJC beginning this coming Tuesday, November …

Announcing Our Fall 2016 Courses at the Lev Shalem Institute of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation!

Dear Friends, I am pausing from my weekly Torah commentary this week and next for summer vacation, and will resume in September. (I will be leading services at the WJC …

Lev Shalem Institute (LSI) Hosts International Women’s Scribal Conference

In October 2015, the Lev Shalem Institute of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation was host to the third-ever international gathering of sofrot – women Torah scribes. A group of women from …

Carol Fox Prescott reflects on “The Torah of Broadway”

The Torah of Broadway weekend seemed to me to be a totally delicious experience for all concerned. What stands out for me is that besides the plain fun of it, …

We’re “Over the Rainbow”! The Torah of Broadway weekend lifted our spirits so high…

Broadway’s much-loved show tunes were a prism that shone new light on the Torah throughout this joyous weekend workshop. Starting Friday evening with “Getting to Know You”, from The King …

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Upcoming Programs

September 13, 2016—November 1, 2016
4 Tuesdays 7:00-9:00pm, September 13 & 27, October 18, November 1
 
October 20, 2016
Thursdays, 5:30-6:45pm - This is an ongoing weekly class
 
November 15, 2016—January 24, 2017
9 Tuesdays, 1:45-3:45pm, November 15, 22, 29, December 6, 13, 20, January 3, 10, 24
 
 
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LISTEN: The Rise of AntiSemitism and Ways To Combat It

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LISTEN: Abraham Joshua Heschel – A Prophet for Our Times #5

https://soundcloud.com/rjksc/abraham-joshua-heschel-a-prophet-for-our-times-5-052317mp3

LISTEN: Parshat Hashavua Behar Bechukotai – The Profound Meaning of the Sabbatical Year

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The Fire-Keeper

Dear Friends, I find it disorienting but also amazing how the landscape of American Jewish life has changed in my lifetime. When I was a kid, if you married “out”, …

Kedoshim: Core Jewish Values

V’ahavta l’re’echa kamocha Love your fellow human being as yourself (Leviticus 19:18) “This is the central principle of the Torah” (Rabbi Akiva, 2nd C C.E.) “The rest is commentary – …