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Woodlands Community Temple Monthly Bulletin called Makom

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  • the newsletter of woodlands community temple

    April 2014

    Nisan-Iyyar 5774

    april HIGHLIGHTS

    In the time it takes to watch a Law and Order rerun, you can prepare a meal for homeless people in Westchester or pack desperately needed medical supplies to send to a developing country.

    In the time it takes to upload or download or share funny cat videos, you can learn how to help abandoned pets at a local animal shelter.

    And if you want to put an afternoon to great use, or a whole day, the wonderful folks on the Social Action Committee can steer you in the right direction.

    Its all part of Spring into Action, the committees new initiative to get all of us at Woodlands involved in social action. From April 2 through May 10, the committee has organized even more opportunities than usual to help those in need.

    Learn to knit a cap for a chemotherapy patient. Deliver Passover food to an elderly resident on the Lower East Side. Babysit for kids at a domestic abuse center so their moms can get out and go to a beauty salon. Then take one of those moms to dinner.

    Or learn how to change a law, right a wrong, and fight for a cause close to your heart, by joining Reform Jews from around the region for Advocacy Day in Albany. Youll meet with lawmakers and staff and get training in making your voice heard in the corridors of power.

    The list of opportunities to make a difference goes on. The committee has lined up activities for all ages and diverse interests.

    Our goal is to get people personally involved in social action, says Julie Stein, chair of the Social Action Committee. The idea of offering so many hands-on projects is to open peoples eyes to the needs right here in our community.

    Social action is a bedrock Jewish value, and one that defines the Woodlands community. The commitmentand the challengeare stated right there on the temple home page: Woodlands is a place that amply provides for the educational and spiritual needs of its membership while

    Six Weeks of Social ActionBut why stop there? The committee hopes its new program will get you hooked. by Fran Smith

    Scan this QR code for more WCT information.

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    Spring into Social Action Begins

    Apr 2

    Mishpakha ShabbatApr 4

    Interfaith SederApr 9

    A Joyful NoiseApr 11

    First SederApr 14

    Pesakh Ends

    Apr 21

    Holocaust Remembrance

    ShabbatApr 25

    Yom HaShoahApr 27

    Spring into Social Action: The ScheduleWed, Apr 2 to Wed, Apr 9: Halakhma Anya Food Collection WCT; Family activity Food collection to help feed our neighbors in need by replenishing the shelves at a local Greenburgh food pantry. Bring healthy, non-perishable (non-Passover) food to donate the week leading up to the Apr 9 Interfaith Seder. Put donations in the food cart.

    Sun, Apr 6: Project Ezra NYC Lower East Side; 9 11 a.m.; Family activity Personally deliver Passover food boxes to one or two Project Ezra elderly and visit with them. Families meet at NYC Project Ezra office at 465 Grand St at 9 a.m. Participants are excused from Religious School this day.

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    Social action is year-round at WCT: Last falls Yom Kippur food van

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    Our Woodlands Community

    Rabbi Billy Dreskin rabbi@wct.org

    Rabbi Mara Young rabbimara@wct.org

    Cantor Jonathan Ben Gordon cantor@wct.orgRoss Glinkenhouse, Youth Director youth@wct.org

    Corey Friedlander, Sh'liakh K'hilah corey@wct.org

    Dan Geffen, Rabbinic Intern intern@wct.org

    Executive CommitteeStu Berlowitz, President president@wct.orgJenna Lebowich, VPEducation education@wct.ogCliff Schoen, VPFacilities facilities@wct.orgAndy Farber, VPFinance finance@wct.orgDayle Fligel, VPProgramming/Ritual programming@wct.orgHerb Friedman, FinancialSecretary financialsecretary@wct.orgAndrea Einhorn, Secretary secretary@wct.orgMark Selig, Treasurer treasurer@wct.org

    Board of Trustees

    Rochelle Stolzenberg (ex-officio)

    Nancy BrownGloria FalkNancy FishmanJill GarlandAliza GarofaloYvette Gralla

    Lois GreenBarry LeibowitzLisa SacksMike ScafidiJay WernerMichele Wise

    Office Staff Patricia Nissim, Temple Administrator

    pat@wct.org

    Liz Rauchwerger, Rabbis Assistantliz@wct.org

    Michele Montague, Religious Schoolmichele@wct.org

    Lori Bluberg, Bookkeeperbookkeeper@wct.org

    About Our TempleWoodlands Community Temple50 Worthington RoadWhite Plains, NY 10607914.592.7070 main office914.592.1790 religious school direct line914.592.7376 faxwct@wct.orgwww.wct.orgReligious School: school@wct.org

    Woodlands Community Temple is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism

    Editor: Mike WinklemanArt Director: Melanie RoherDesign and Production: Kate Levy

    at the same time enlisting its congregants to do good works that benefit an ever more complicated world at large.

    That ethos is what draws some, maybe many, people to join the temple. One of the things that attracted us to Woodlands was the dedication to social action, says Roberta Roos, a committee member and former chair who joined the congregation about 14 years ago. To me, this is part of what it means to be a Jew. Being Jewish involves trying to fix the world.

    From Rabbi Billys perspective, social action projects help us not only to actualize the obligation to perform acts of tikkun olam, but also to satisfy our spiritual needs as humans. One of the most important functions of Judaism is to provide ourselves with opportunities to enhance our sense of humaneness, of menskhlichkeit, he says.

    Opportunities abound all year, and as a congregation we respond. Its evident in the donation bins at the religious school entrance that overflow with goods.

    Its evident in the van that fills up with groceries every Yom Kippur. Its evident every February, when kids and adults head south to rebuild homes in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

    Temple members provide meals for elderly Lower East Side residents through Project Ezra, help formerly incarcerated people rebuild their lives through Project Isaiah, regularly participate in the Midnight Run, and volunteer at Hopes Door, a shelter for domestic abuse victims and their children. WoodSY teens incorporate social action into all their projects.

    But there is always more to do. Spring Into Action makes it easy for you to take the leap you just need to roll up your sleeves for an hour. How hard it that? And once you do it, you may get hooked.

    I hope that many people who participate will come away thinking, I felt good about doing it and I want to do it again, Roberta says. That I would consider an enormous success.

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    Note: There are limitations on the number of participants for specific activities so register early. You must register to participate. Register by writing to SpringIntoAction@wct.org

    Thur, Apr 10: Deliver food to Greenburgh Food Pantry WCT; 9 - 10 a.m.; Adults Help transport food from the Halakhma Anya food collection.

    Thur, Apr 17: Food Bank for Westchester Elmsford; 4 - 6 p.m.; Adults & kids age 8 and older with parent School vacation opportunity for the whole family. Repack food.

    Fri, Apr 18: Grace Church Soup Kitchen White Plains; 8:45 am 12 noon; Adults & teens age 15 and older with parent School vacation opportunity for adults and older teens with parent. Help prepare and serve lunch.

    Wed, Apr 23: Grace Church Soup Kitchen White Plains; 8:45 a.m. 12 p.m.; Adults Help prepare and serve lunch.

    Sun, Apr 27: Meal for Valhalla Shelter WCT; 9:30 - 11 a.m. or 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m.; Adults & kids ages 8 and older Prepare a meal for the 20 residents of the Volunteers of America Valhalla Residence. Come with your child or drop off to cook in the temple kitchen. 2 sessions.

    Sun, Apr 27 to Sun, May 4: Book Collection in honor of Kabbalat HaSiddur WCT; Family activity As 4th graders receive their own prayer books, take the opportunity to donate a book from the wish list of books from Childrens Village. Visit www.wct.org/social-action/projects for list of books.

    Tues, Apr 29: Afya Sort & Pack Yonkers; 5 7 p.m.; Adults & kids ages 7 and older with parent Another great family activity! Sort and pack medical supplies at the Afya office to be shipped to developing countries. Pizza dinner included. Anyone under 18 must bring Afya permission form.

    Sat, May 3: Hopes Door Childcare WCT; 12:30 4 p.m. or Northern Westchester 4 to 7 p.m.; Adults and teens Play games, read, and babysit the children living in Hopes Door, a domestic abuse shelter, while the moms are treated to a salon afternoon and dinner. Volunteer for one or both shifts. Share in a pizza dinner at the shelter during the later childcare shift. Must sign Hopes Door confidentiality form supplied.

    Spring into Social Action: The Schedule

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    Worship Schedule

    Hevra Torah Learning: Saturdays, 9:15-10:15 am

    Shabbat Metzora Leviticus 14:1 - 15:33 ... II Kings 7:3-20

    Fri, Apr 4 Mishpakha Shabbat at 7:00 p.m. (note earlier time) For the entire congregation, just earlier. Meaningful for adults, engaging for kids! Aufruf tonight for Meir Braunstein and Lisa Hersh, daughter of Alan and Ilene Hersh. If you like, join us for a quick dinner at 6:00 p.m.; reservations at wct.org/mishpakha.

    Sat, Apr 5 Shabbat Morning Service at 10:30 a.m. Celebrate with us as Marina Lebowich, daughter of Jenna and Michael Lebowich, becomes a Bat Mitzvah.

    Shabbat Akhrei MotLeviticus 16:1 - 18:30 ... Ezekiel 22:1-19 (additional reading for Shabbat HaGadol is Malakhi 3:4-24)

    Fri, Apr 11 A Joyful Noise at 8:00 p.m. A service for everyone, from youngest to oldest. With a dozen musicians