2019-20 Program Guide

2019-20 Program Guide

*As of August 7, 2019


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

Friday Family Shabbat Service and Congregational Dinner
October 18, 2019
January 24, 2020
May 8, 2020

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 22, 2019 and November 17, 2019
January 26, 2020, March 1, 2020 and April 26, 2020

ShaJam in Westchester 2019-20, 9:30am – 10:15am

October 10, 2019
November 14, 2019
December 12, 2019
January 9, 2020
February 13, 2020
March 12, 2020
May 14, 2020

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
Shofar Factory: Sunday, September 15, 2019
K-6th Grade Sukkah Dinner: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
K-6th Grade Movie Night: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Wake Up With Waffles: Sunday, January 12, 2020
K-6th Grade Movie Night: Saturday, February 8, 2020
Mario The Magician: Sunday, March 22, 2019

Grades 3-6
K-6th Grade Sukkah Dinner: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
K-6th Grade Movie Night: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Artistry in Mamaroneck: Sunday, January 12, 2020
K-6th Grade Movie Night: Saturday, February 8, 2020
Hearts of Hope Event: Sunday, March 22, 2019
Kids Spring Baking Championship: Sunday, April 26, 2020

Grade Level Programs Held on the Following Dates:
Kindergarten Family Program: December 15, 2019 and April 19, 2020
First Grade Family Programs: October 20, 2019 and March 1, 2020
Second Grade Family Program: January 26, 2020 and April 6, 2020
Third Grade Family Program: February 2, 2020
Fourth Grade Family Program: March 15, 2020

Celebration for all grades:
Hanukkah Hoopla: Sunday, December 15, 2019
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 8, 2020
Carnival time with costumes, obstacle courses, contests, balloon characters and lots of games and food. Fun for all!

Yom Yisrael – Celebrate Israel Independence Day: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Come celebrate Israel’s 72nd anniversary with your family and friends at WJC!

WJC Teens

Teen Donut Crawl (7th-12th): December 15, 2019
All WJC teens 7th grade and up are welcome! Our new Teen Advisor, Zack Slavkin, will lead WJC teens on a quest for the best donuts across NYC.
Meet at WJC at 12:00pm for a quick pizza lunch before we head out.
*Cost: $30 includes lunch, transportation and of course donuts!

WJC Pittsburgh Trip with Rabbi Arnowitz: January 24-26

**We will be departing after school on Thursday, January 23 

We invite all WJC teens to join Rabbi Arnowitz for an amazing service learning trip to Pittsburgh.
Teens will:

  • Help provide food & shelter to Pittsburgh residents struggling to stay out of poverty with Repair the World
  • Explore the legacy of the Tree of Life tragedy and the community’s healing
  • Get to know Pittsburgh teens at host Beth Shalom Synagogue
  • Experience the highlights of Pittsburgh including the historic Duquesne Incline

Register here / Click here for additional info. about the itinerary

*Please Register by December 20th


Got Spirit?

WJC is proud to offer our array of Contemporary services to inspire you with the beauty, meaning and relevance of Jewish spiritual traditions. These services feature contemporary instrumental music and forms of prayer, are user-friendly and are especially focused on personal meaning and spirituality. We invite you to experience your life’s journey as it dialogues with ancient and modern Jewish ideas, to the tune of moving music and inspiring community.

Rhythm and Ruach
Make WJC your home on Friday night. 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.

2019-20 Dates:
Friday, September 6, 2019: Rhythm and Ruach, 7:30pm
A Special Activity with Rabbi  Arnowitz, 8:30pm

Friday, October 18, 2019: Community Shabbat Dinner in the Sukkah, 6:30pm,
Rhythm & Ruach, 7:30pm,
Koslowe Judaica Gallery Opening, 8:30pm

Friday, November 22, 2019
Rhythm & Ruach hosted by the Teen Community, 7:30pm
Author Noam Sienna discusses his book A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts from the First Century to 1969, 8:30pm

Friday, January 24, 2020
Community Shabbat Dinner, 6:30pm
Rhythm and Ruach led by Religious school students, 7:30pm
Second Annual “The Moth” night, 8:30pm

Friday, March 27, 2020
Rhythm and Ruach with 3rd Grade Siddur Celebration, 7:00pm

Friday, May 8, 2020
Community Shabbat Dinner, 6:30pm
Rhythm and Ruach, 7:30pm

Friday, June 12, 2020
Community Shabbat Dinner, 6:30pm
Rhythm and Ruach Under the Stars, 7:30pm
Volunteer Recognition Event, 8:30pm

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. Frequent comments and questions encourage us to reflect on ourselves and find personal meaning in age-old prayers. We especially welcome those with children in the 3rd grade and older to attend as a family. Join the rest of the WJC community for a concluding activity together, Kiddush and time to schmooze.

2019-20 Dates @ 10:15-11:45am:
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Saturday, November 30, 2019
Saturday, December 14, 2019 (with Religious School Shabbat)
Saturday, February 8, 2020 (with Religious School Shabbat)
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Saturday, April 4, 2020 (with Sisterhood and Religious School Shabbat)
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Saturday, June 20, 2020

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.

2019-20 Dates @ 7:00pm:
Sunday, November 3, 2019
Sunday, December 12, 2019, will start at 7:45pm*
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Sunday, May 3, 2020

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.

Torah Class with Rabbi Arnowitz
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.

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.

Inaugural Shabbat Yoga 
Saturday, 10:00am
Join us for an alternative experience of Shabbat morning prayer and Torah study taught by Robin Wald. Connect meaningfully to the spirtually restorative essense of Shabbat through gentle yoga,
breathing, Jewish meditation, text study, and music.

2019-20 Dates:

November 16, 2019
January 25, 2020
February 29, 2020
March 14, 2020
April 18, 2020
June 6, 2020

After the Shabbat yoga experience, we will join the entire congregation for Kiddush.

*Please bring your own yoga mat. Comfortable yoga clothes recommended. Adults and teens welcome. No prior yoga or meditation experience necessary.

Scholar in Residence 2020
We welcome Rabbi Sharon Brous: February 7-9, 2020

The 2020 Scholar-In-Residence is Rabbi Sharon Brous. Theme and topics for the 2020 SIR series is: Reclaiming Religion and Its Relevance

1)”What does it take to reclaim a soulful, purposeful, inclusive vision of religious life?”
2)”Is G-d the Eternal Healer or does G-d help those who help themselves?”
3)”Now or Ever? Pursuing justice in an unjust world.”
4) Ambassador’s Dinner – Rabbi Brous answers attendees’ questions.
5)”Are Jews eternal outsiders looking in? A fresh look at antisemitism.”
6)”Parenting with moral clarity and courage.”


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 17, 2019 
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: Collecting on two Sundays, December 8 & December 15, 2019
Please help local immigrant families have a cozy warm holiday time. Bring new unwrapped gifts to WJC.

This year, we are collecting: Colorful Fleece Blankets for Adults, Activity Books for Children 4-12 years

Luncheon with Elders from Project EZRA: Saturday, November 24, 2019

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

SOJAC Project Ezra Food Drive:  Dates TBD 

Koslowe Art Gallery Opening: Friday, October 18, 2019, 8:30pm
The Koslowe Gallery will offer its opening program to celebrate its 100th anniversary exhibition on Friday evening, Oct 18th, after Rhythm and Ruach services. The show is a series of historical and ephemeral works that explore WJC’s 100 years of worship, programming, and community. It also features congregants’ artwork in mixed media as a reflection of the interests and energy of the people who have made WJC thrive for a century.

WJC Adults Game Trivia Night: Saturday, February, 1, 2020, 7:00pm

Come test your trivia skills, play taboo, Pictionary, flipcup and more!

$25 in advance, $30 at the door – Open Bar

RSVP: RSVP@wjcenter.org


Purimshpiel 2020 OYklahoma! March 15, 2020, 7:00pm

The corniness is as high as an elephant’s eye!

Israeli Dancing Dates 2019-20

September 5, 9
October 28, 2019
November 18, 25 
December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
January 6, 13, 27
February 3, 10, 20, 24
March 2, 12, 16, 23, 30
April 6, 13, 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18, 27
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Havdalah Saturday Night Dance Parties 2019-20

Saturday, November 9, 2019
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Israeli Movie Night 2019-20

(All Thursday nights except Wednesday October 23):

September 12, 2019
October 23, 2019
November 14, 2019
December 19, 2019
March 19, 2020
April 23, 2020
May 14, 2020
June 11, 2020

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