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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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On Tyranny: A Passover Message

My dear friend and esteemed colleague Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum recommended a little book for me to read, and now I want to recommend it to all of you. The book …

LISTEN: Parshat Hashavua – Vayakhel/Pekudei

https://soundcloud.com/rjksc/parshat-hashavua-vayachel-03232017mp3

LISTEN: Parshat Ki Tisa – The Golden Calf

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Passover Is Coming!

Dear Members and Friends of Kehillat Lev Shalem, As spring arrives (in fits and starts!), with it another Passover approaches. As much as I thrill at the promise of spring, …

Join Special Guest Rabbi Miriam Margles and Rabbi Jonathan Kligler for this very special weekend, “Going Deep: Tapping the Wellsprings of Love and Courage”

U’vayom hashvi’i shavat vayinafash And on the seventh day [God] paused from labor and [God’s] spirit was restored. (Exodus 33:17) This famous passage appears in this week’s Torah portion, Ki …