2018-19 Program Guide

2018-19 Program Guide

*As of September 10, 2018


WJC has programs and activities all year long for the entire family.

Friday Family Shabbat Service and Congregational Dinner
September 28, 2018
December 14, 2018
March 1, 2019

PJ Library & PJ Our Way
WJC is proud to partner with PJ Library and PJ Our Way. PJ Library provides Jewish books and music for families with children ages 6 months through 8 years old. PJ Our Way offers the gift of exceptional books with Jewish themes to kids ages 9-11 – books that they choose themselves! Extra copies of all PJ Library books are available for loan from the WJC Hendel Family Library.

Story Time and Sing-Along
Programs take place in the WJC Library on Sunday mornings at 11:00 am on the following dates:
September 30, 2018 and November 18, 2018
January 13, 2019, March 31, 2019 and May 5, 2019

In addition please join us on March 10, 2019 for a special concert with Rick Recht!

Our Religious School meets weekly and offers educational family programs. WJC also sponsors informal activities outside the classroom for all members’ children in Kindergarten through 6th grade, including but not limited to the following events:

Grades K-2
Sukkah Dinner: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Rock Climbing: Sunday, October 14, 2018
Game & Movie Night: Saturday, November 3, 2018 and Saturday, February 2, 2018
Pancakes in your Pajamas: Sunday, December 16, 2018
Matzah Factory: Sunday, April 7, 2019

Grades 3-6
Sukkah Dinner: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Bible Players: Sunday, October 28
Game & Movie Night: Saturday, November 3, 2018 and Saturday, February 2, 2018
Karaoke: Sunday, March 3, 2019
Spring Mitzvah Project: Sunday, April 7, 2019

Grade Level Programs Held on the Following Dates:
Kindergarten Family Program: December 2, 2018 and May 5, 2019
First Grade Family Programs: September 30, 2018 and February 3, 2019
Second Grade Family Program: January 27, 2019 and March 2, 2019
Third Grade Family Program: January 6, 2019
Fourth Grade Family Program: January 13, 2019

Celebration for all grades:
Hanukkah Hoopla: Sunday, December 9, 2018
Family fun for children and adults of all ages! While our little ones will enjoy crafts and games, we invite our elementary, middle and high school children and parents to participate in our very own WJC game show with UNIQUE entertainment. Following our programs, enjoy a festive Hannukah dinner.

Purim Carnival: Sunday March 24, 2019
Carnival time with costumes, obstacle courses, contests, balloon characters and lots of games and food. Fun for all!

Yom Yisrael – Celebrate Israel Independence Day: Thursday, May 9, 2019
Come celebrate Israel’s 71st anniversary with fun games, stories, activities and of course great Israeli food!

WJC Teens

Service Learning Trip: January 16-21, 2019
Help repair the world (Tikkun Olam) with WJC! Travel with your fellow teens to Portland, Oregon.
– Up to 25 total hours of service on the trip.
– Bond with your WJC Community outside the walls of WJC.
– This trip is open to all 8-12th graders.

AIPAC (The American Israel Public Affairs Committee) Policy Conference
– Travel with Adam Bender, Director of Teen Engagement, to the 2019 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.
– Lobby your local Senators and Congress Members for Pro-Israel legislation.
– This trip is open to all 10-12th graders.


Rhythm and Ruach
Join us for an hour-long service to welcome Shabbat, reflect on the week, and connect with God and with each other. Learn new melodies and sing your old favorites. Stick around for dessert and time to connect with friends and make new ones. Make a whole evening of it with Rhythm and Ruach, community Shabbat dinners and an author talk or other special event.

2018-19 Dates:
September 28, 2018: Sukkot dinner, gallery opening, and family service
November 16, 2018: Social Justice Shabbat
December 14, 2018: Library speaker Tal Keinen, G-d is in the Crowd
February 8, 2019: Congregational Shabbat experiences panel
April 6, 2019: Kittah Gimel Siddur celebration
May 31, 2019: Volunteer recognition

Simple & Soulful
Let your spirit soar as we journey through an abbreviated Shabbat morning service. This 90-minute service includes group prayer and singing accompanied by instruments, silence for personal reflection and an interactive exploration and interpretation of the week’s Torah portion.

2018-19 Dates @ 10:15-11:45am:
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Renewal Service
Enjoy and experience the power of great music, communal singing, and soulful praying as Ellen Kazis-Walker, Seth Schafler and Randy Heller lead us in a music-filled hour. Special guests join in the music and reflect on their own spiritual journeys. Stay afterward for dessert and a chance to visit with friends.

2018-19 Dates @ 7:00pm:
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Sunday, April 7, 2019
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Thursday, December 6, 2018 *Special Thursday evening Hanukkah service @ 7:45PM

Introduction to Judaism: Back to Basics
Select Sundays, 10:00am -12:00pm
Ever find yourself Wikipedia’-ing  a Jewish phrase that you hear all the time but never know what it means? Does it ever happen that you’re sitting in the synagogue, flipping through a prayer book and feeling totally lost? Then come to the Introduction to Judaism class! It’s an 18 course, innovative, and contemporary curriculum that will meet on select dates from October through June.

TGIT: Thank God it’s Torah
Tuesdays, 9:45 – 10:45am
Come to our friendly, accessible, and meaningful Tuesday morning class that explores the weekly portion through commentators both ancient and modern.

Pop-Up Rabbi
Thursday Mornings, Twice monthly, Location TBA, 9:45-11:00AM
Want to hear Judaism’s take on the latest pop culture event? Have you had a burning God question to ask the Rabbi? Just want a nice cup of Joe? If you answered yes to any of those, come brew some beans with Rabbi Adir at a local cafe. Java’s on us and discussion topics on you.

The Shabbat Morning Shiur
SHABBAT, 8:45 – 9:30am
Each Shabbat morning, Rabbi Segelman takes an in-depth look at some aspect of the Torah portion. This is a wonderful to spiritually and intellectually prepare for the Shabbat morning service.

Scholar in Residence 2019
We welcome Rabbi Gordon Tucker: January 25-27, 2019

Recently retired as the Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel Center in White Plains, NY, where he served from 1994 to 2018, Rabbi Gordon Tucker is currently a Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartmann Institute, North America.

Rabbi Tucker has enjoyed a distinguished academic career. He obtained an A.B. degree from Harvard College, a Ph.D. from Princeton University, and Rabbinic Ordination from Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). Devoted to maintaining the highest standards and relevance in Jewish education and rabbinic training, Rabbi Tucker has held prominent positions at JTS, serving as Dean of the Rabbinical School from 1984 to 1994, and as adjunct professor in past years. Rabbi Tucker has been influential in Jewish policy, serving as a member of the Rabbinical Assembly Committee on Jewish Law and Standards for over 20 years, as a White House Fellow, and as an assistant to U.S. Attorney General Benjamin R. Civiletti. Rabbi Tucker is a prolific author of many articles on Jewish theology and law. His books include Heavenly Torah, a translation of and commentary on Abraham Joshua Heschel’s 3-volume work on Rabbinic Theology, Torah for its Intended Purpose,an anthology of Tucker’s own writings, and most recently, a new commentary on Pirkei Avot, just published by The Rabbinical Assembly this year.


The Social Justice Action Committee (SoJAC) interacts with community groups and with other arms of WJC to create programs, activities, and events that educate and benefit our broader community.

Mitzvah Day: Sunday, November 18, 2018
An all-day event at WJC with activities for all ages. Donate much- needed clothing, OTC medicines, diapers, furniture, etc. to benefit the Westchester community. Make sandwiches for a local soup kitchen.

Community Resource Center Gift Drive: Sunday, December TBA
Donate specified items for CRC members

Luncheon with Elders from Project EZRA: Date TBA

Community Craft Day: Sunday, February 4, 2019
A family event to make crafts and food to benefit the local needy

Project Ezra/Bronx Kosher Food Pantry Passover Food Drive: Date TBA

Bronx Sunday Project Ezra: Date TBA
Hand deliver Passover food packages in the Bronx


Purimshpiel 2019 – Fushtunkenuh Broadway!: Sunday,  March 17, 2019
Fake Halacha! The Biggest Witch Hunt of the Century!
Comedy trumps all in our annual Purimshpiel. If you are interested in helping to drain the swamp (of exclamation points), or can sing, dance, act, write, work backstage, or otherwise embarrass yourself, contact Randy Heller at rjh613@aol.com.

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