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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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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 …

“In the Voice of Our Mothers – Becoming the Women of Exodus: A New Way to Tell the Story of Passover” resumes Sunday, August 23!

In March, on the three Sundays just before Passover, Susan Rosen and Carol Fox Prescott led us on an amazing adventure. We projected ourselves into the bodies, minds, hearts, and …

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Upcoming Programs

September 8, 2016—September 22, 2016
3 Thursdays, 12:15-2:00pm September 8, 15 & 22
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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D’varim: Finding Your Voice

B’ever ha’Yarden b’eretz Moav ho’il Moshe be’er et hatorah hazot On the far side of the Jordan, in the land of Moab, Moses undertook to explain this Torah (Deuteronomy 1:5) …

Matot-Mas’ei: The Inner Journey

Eileh mas’ei V’nei Yisrael asher yatz’u me’eretz Mitzrayim These are the journeys of the Children of Israel after leaving the Land of Egypt (B’Midbar 33:1) As we reach the end …

Pinchas: The Daughters of Tzelofechad Step Forward

Dear Friends, I could not help but feel stirred last night as I watched Hillary Clinton become the first woman ever to be nominated by a major political party for …

Balak: Mah Tovu – How Good It Is

Mah tovu ohalecha Ya’akov, mishkenotecha Yisrael How goodly are your tents, Jacob, your dwelling places, Israel (Numbers 24:5) The Israelites are journeying toward the Jordan River, and pass through the …

Chukat: Confronting Mortality

Va’yavo’u B’nei Yisrael kol ha’edah Midbar Tzin bachodesh harishon vayeshev ha’am b’Kadesh. Vatamot sham Miriam vatikaver sham. V’lo haya mayim la’edah. And all the Children of Israel arrived at the …