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WJC Is Engaged with Our World

Dear Friends, As the headlines swirl, and our heads along with them, I wanted you to know that we are doing all that we can at the WJC to remain …

The 100th Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration; More on Our Vibrant Community

Dear Friends, On November 2, 1917 the British Government decided to endorse the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine. Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of that declaration, known …

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 …

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 …

LSI on the Road!

In his role as Senior Scholar of the Lev Shalem Institute of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation, Rabbi Jonathan Kligler will be visiting a variety of congregations this year as their …

Travel Diary: Three Days at an Ashram

Dear Friends, A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit the Sivananada Yoga Ashram on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. I had been invited to be one …

An Unexpected Trip To Israel: Catholic-Jewish Dialogue

About three weeks ago I received a call from a dear colleague, asking me if I would like an all-expense-paid trip to an interfaith conference in Israel? A few phone …

Rabbi Jonathan Is Scholar-in-Residence at Temple Israel, Albany NY, April 16-18

Rabbi Jonathan will be scholar-in-residence at Temple Israel in Albany, NY this coming weekend, April 16-18. The theme of the weekend is “Avodah she-ba’Lev: An Experimental Guide to Uplifting Jewish Prayer.” …

In the Voice of Our Mothers in the New York Jewish Week!

Check out this great coverage of our recent course “In the Voice of Our Mothers: A New Way To Tell the Story of Passover” that appeared in this week’s edition …

The Delight of Difference: Reporting on the Interfaith Clergy Group Co-Sponsored by LSI

“I don’t know what I think until I hear what I say.”  Who first said this, I don’t know, but it may account for the exceptional interest and enthusiasm we …

Praying with Our Whole Selves at Our “All My Bones Shall Praise” Retreat

“This was an opportunity to explore our need and affinity for prayer with creativity and without rigid rules.” “The whole weekend was a high—especially the dancing and loving connections with …

Listen to Rabbi Jonathan on the WDST Roundtable interview, September 21, 2014

Rabbi Jonathan is interviewed by co-hosts Doug Grunther and Susan Rosen on WDST’s Roundtable, September 21, 2014

Practicing “Radical Acceptance” at our “Healing the Jewish Self” Retreat

“This was a real immersion in feeling and being Jewish.  I feel more determined to deepen and expand my practice” “A very special, intimate, loving experience.  Deeply touching and fun.” “A life-changing …

Our Next Workshop! “All My Bones Shall Praise”: Praying with Your Whole Self

A Weekend Workshop with Rabbi Jonathan Kligler & Carol Fox-Prescott Friday, December 5 – Sunday, December 7, 2014 Special Inaugural Year Discounts: WJC Members $147.50 (50% off regular fee) All others $265.50 (10% …

Still time to register for Healing the Jewish Self!

It’s good to be a Jew – really! Join us for Healing the Jewish Self A Weekend Workshop, November 7 – 9 with Rabbi Jonathan Kligler & Rabbi Miriam Margles Healing …

LSI Initiates Jewish-Christian Clergy Study Group with the Institute of Advanced Theology

The Lev Shalem Institute (LSI) of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation is pleased to announce an exciting collaboration with the Institute of Advanced Theology (IAT) at Bard College. Together we have …

First LSI Retreat a Resounding, Joyful Success

Living In  Joy – a Sukkot Retreat “The whole became greater than the sum of the parts.  The singing in both Hebrew and “Broadway” helped to bond us all together..All felt spiritually …

What is the Lev Shalem Institute Bet Midrash?

Bet Midrash means “House of Study”, or even more accurately “House of Inquiry”. It is the traditional Hebrew term for the place where we get together to inquire deeply into …

Welcome to the Lev Shalem Institute!

Greetings All, Shalom Aleichem (Peace Be With You)! Following more than a year of planning and preparation, we are delighted to introduce you to the Lev Shalem Institute of the …