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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 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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Aliyot and Blessings, High Holy Days at the Woodstock Jewish Congregation 5777/2016

Dear Friends, It is our custom at the Woodstock Jewish Congregation to choose themes when we call people up to the Torah, and all who feel moved by that theme …

“Why Do We Read the Story of Jonah on Yom Kippur?” A Yom Kippur Teaching

The Hebrew Bible is an anthology of writings. It not only includes the Five Books of Moses, which are contained in our Torah scroll, but also the many books of …

Seven Is the Magic Number: A Rosh Hashanah Teaching for 5777

As a lover of numbers, I am greatly intrigued by this new Jewish year, 5777. We’ll see it only once a millennium, and I think it is worthy of our …

Nitzavim: Choose Life!

Ha’edoti va’chem ha’yom et ha’shamayim v’et ha’aretz: ha’chayim v’ha’mavet natati l’fanecha, ha’bracha v’ha’klala. u’vacharta ba’chayim, l’ma’an tichyeh atah v’zarecha. I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day: …

Ki Tavo: The Inner Witness

Arur makeh re’ehu ba’sateir – v’amar kol ha’am “Amen” Cursed be the one who strikes down their fellow in secret – and all the people shall say, “Amen”. (Deuteronomy 27:24) …