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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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Honoring our Chesed Volunteers at our “First Sunday” Brunch, Sunday, August 6, 11am-1pm

Lots of good friendship and good food this weekend at the WJC –Join us! Tonight, Friday, August 4: Tot Shabbat Service at 5pm, followed at 6pm by our “First Friday” …

Awakening: Preparing for a New Year: Dr. Melila Hellner-Eshed is our Scholar-in-Residence September 1-3, 2017

Dear Friends, I am thrilled to let you know that my dear friend Dr. Melila Hellner-Eshed, one of the leading teachers of Judaism in the world today, and a wise …

Ulster Immigrant Defense Network

Dear Friends, At our monthly WJC Board of Directors meeting last night, I brought to the Board’s attention the work of a new grassroots organization in our area, the Ulster …

“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 …

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On Gratitude

V’achalta v’savata u’veirachta You shall eat, and be satiated, and give thanks (Deuteronomy 8:10) As some of you may know, those three Hebrew words – V’achalta v’savata u’veirachta – comprise …

Korach: Demagogue

Dear Friends, I composed this piece a year ago, highlighting Judaism’s insistent and insightful understanding of the dangers of demagoguery. A year later, sadly, tragically, dangerously, the demagogue who was …

The Quiet Eminence of My Being

Dear Friends, In May I had the privilege of teaching a class on the writing of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel of blessed memory. His words resonate with relevance across the …

LISTEN: Parshat Hashavua Beha’alotcha – Spiritual Boot Camp

Your People Shall Be My People, and Your God My God

Ruth replied, “Do not urge me to leave you, to turn back and not follow you. For wherever you go, I will go; wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your …