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February 8, 2016

Dear Friends,

Two of our winter series have just begun, but it's not too late to take part! Keep reading for information about those courses, and for a sneak peek at our Spring programming.

In case you missed it: In October 2015, we hosted the third-ever international gathering of sofrot—women Torah scribes. A group of women from the US, Israel, Canada, Brazil and New Zealand gathered in Woodstock for six days of events and celebrations. Click the image below to see a video of conference highlights at

Current Courses:

February 11, 18, March 3

Thursday Afternoon Series (12:15–2 pm)

Judaism and Christianity: Shared Origins, Different Paths with Rabbi Jonathan Kligler and Rev. Matthew Wright

Rabbi Jonathan Kligler and Reverend Matthew Wright bring a refreshing honesty and openness to our exploration of where Judaism and Christianity meet, and where we differ. We will do our best to strip away the centuries of assumptions we carry about each other and compare our shared origins. We will see how closely the teachings of Jesus parallel his rabbinic contemporaries of the 1st century. We will learn about how the early Church and Judaism parted ways, and investigate the roots of Christian anti-Semitism. And we will compare our spiritual practices and vocabularies, both aimed at the same ultimate goal: to know and to serve the mystery we call God.

Details: This is an ongoing series that began on February 4. Contact the institute for more information.

Fees: Walk-in – $15 per class (WJC Members: $7.50)

February 11, 18, March 3

Thursday Evening Series (6:30–8:30 pm)

Pathways into Jewish Prayer, with Rabbi Jonathan Kligler and Special Guest Teachers

Workshops to explore and experiment with a variety of prayer modalities inspired thru timeless centuries of our Jewish tradition and personalize them to deepen our own private and communal prayer. Read about each Thursday session at

Details: This is an ongoing series that began on January 26. Contact the institute for more information.

Fees: Walk-in – $20 per class (WJC Members: $10)

February 28 & March 13

Ongoing Sunday Morning Series (10 am–12 pm)

Memoir and Midrash: A Writing Workshop with Judy Kerman

In this workshop, participants will walk into their own pasts or into the gaps in Torah narrative to see what they discover. We will write during group sessions (as well as in between) and share the results. Don’t worry if you have never done this before! After the class ends, participants will be invited to give a reading on a Friday evening at WJC.

Details: This series began on January 10 and also met on January 24 and February 7. Contact the institute for more information.

Fees: Walk-in  $15 per class (WJC Members: $7.50).

Spring Preview:

March 10 – June 9

Thursday Afternoon Series (12:15–2 pm)

The Spring Jewish Holidays with Rabbi Jonathan Kligler

One of the best ways to enrich one’s understanding of Judaism is to follow the Jewish calendar. Each Jewish holiday highlights a key aspect of Jewish life and history. The ancient holidays are layered with spiritual, historic and nature-related themes. These special days yield endless layers of meaning, personal, communal, and cosmic, and remain vibrant and vital to this day. The modern commemorations offer testimony to our living and evolving tradition, and draw our attention to modern Jewish history. All together, the holidays weave a fascinating tapestry of Jewish life.

Details: This class will meet on 11 Thursdays: March 10, 17, 31, April 7, 14, May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9. Participants are encouraged to sign up for the entire course to gain the most benefit, but drop-ins are welcome. Contact the institute for more information.

Fees: $165 (WJC Members: $82.50)

Register Online Now!

April 29 – May 1

Weekend Workshop

Exploring the Landscape of Love through the Song of Songs with Rabbi Shefa Gold

On Passover we are commanded to remember the story of our Journey to Freedom and on the Shabbat of Passover we read The Song of Songs, so that we can actualize that Freedom. What is this amazing text and what place does it have in our Tradition and in our lives? In this workshop, we will enter into the landscape of this Sacred Song through the practices of chant, meditation, and the contemplation of our path as Lovers. LSI is thrilled to welcome our dear friend and transformative leader Rabbi Shefa Gold as guest LSI faculty.

Details: This weekend workshop meets at the Woodstock Jewish Congregation and begins with registration late Friday afternoon, continues all day Saturday and concludes at 2:00 pm on Sunday. There are modest additional fees for meals. The delicious catered meal plan includes Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday lunch. Special dietary needs can be accommodated. Contact the institute for more information. Contact the institute for more information.

Fees: $295 (10% early-registration discount available, plus WJC members receive an additional 40% off!)

Early birds, register now!
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