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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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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 …

Here’s a little taste of last weekend’s Teshuvah workshop

Last weekend’s “Teshuvah: Return to the Home of Your Soul” with Rabbi Jonathan Kligler at The Lev Shalem Institute of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation provided me with a profoundly meaningful …

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Upcoming Programs

March 10, 2016—June 9, 2016
10 Thursdays: March 10, 17, 31, April 7, 14, May 5, 12, 26, June 2, 9, 12:15-2pm
July 22, 2016—July 23, 2016
Friday evening service, Saturday morning service, and afternoon workshop - all free and open to all
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Beha’alotcha: Are We There Yet?

Va’yehi ha’am k’mit’onenim ra b’oznei YHVH. The people took to complaining bitterly before YHVH (B’midbar 11:1) After more than a year encamped at Mount Sinai, the time has come for …

A Message from Rabbi Jonathan

Dear Friends, I pause from my weekly Torah commentary, compelled to speak about pressing matters, locally and nationally. Locally, here at our beloved Kehillat Lev Shalem, we learned this week …

B’Midbar: Everyone Counts

Se’u et rosh kol adat B’nei Yisrael… Take a head-count of the entire community of the Children of Israel… (B’midbar 1:2) Sefer B’Midbar, the fourth book of the Torah, begins …

Watch this video about “Judaism and Christianity: Shared Origins, Different Paths”

This year, Reverend Matthew Wright and I led an incredibly enlightening series of classes in which we explored the connections and differences between Judaism and Christianity. Rev. Susan Auchincloss had …

B’chukotai: Fear Itself

V’radaf otam kol aleh nidaf…V’chashlu ish b’achiv mipnei cherev v’rodef ayin The mere sound of a wind-driven leaf will put them to flight…even though no one is pursuing them, they …