Today is February 26, 2024 /

Shabbat Shalom ~ Scholar-in-Residence Weekend

Dear WJC Family,

We are so excited to host Rabbi Ethan Tucker as our scholar-in-residence this weekend. Rabbi Tucker will present a robust five talks – 1) after dinner and services on Friday night, 2) as the sermon on Saturday morning (the talk will be at the end of services around 11:30), 3) after Kiddish on Saturday afternoon, 4) Saturday night after the dessert reception and 5) Sunday morning (a topic particularly interesting to parents and grandparents). For those of you who for one reason or another will not be able to join us in person, three of the talks, Friday night, Saturday morning and Saturday night, will be broadcast from the sanctuary on the regular synagogue live stream. For the complete, detailed schedule, click here—and don’t forget that childcare is available for all Scholar in Residence Events!

In lieu of one of my Weekly Torah Talks, it seems appropriate to share a favorite Rabbi Tucker talk. This Eli Talk explores the definition of a “Jew” throughout Jewish history. Is “Jew” a religious or ethnic term and what are the consequences of each definition? I think this video is fitting – though the definition of “Jew” is not directly related to our topic, Connection, Community and Conversation, it is certainly a related one. You can watch Rabbi Tucker’s video by clicking here. If you’d like to view or listen to a few other talks by Rabbi Tucker, they are available here.

Looking ahead, don’t miss our amazing line-up of programs in the next couple of weeks, including joining me at “Get [Your Hands] Dirty with Sisterhood & Brotherhood” as we volunteer at the Jay Heritage Center in Rye, Our annual Teen Donut Crawl in the City and Cantors by the Campfire: A Lag B’Omer Sing-Along at the home of Cantor Ethan and Rabbi Shoshie! Lots of great stuff as we head into the spring!

See you in shul,

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