Category Archives: Shabbat

Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Naso

Shavua tov — a good new week to you.

Join us on Shabbat morning at 9:30am for Shabbat services led by Rabbi Rachel.  This week we’re reading from parashat Naso.

If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

And here are commentaries from the URJ:

Blessings to all —

Rabbi Rachel

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Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Bamidbar and Shavuot!

Shavua tov — a good new week to you.

Join us on Shabbat morning at 9:30am for Shabbat services led by Rabbi Pam Wax.  This week we’re reading from parashat Bamidbar.

If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

And here are commentaries from the URJ:

We are now in the final week of the Omer. During these seven weeks, we prepare ourselves to receive Torah anew.

For those who aren’t joining us at our Hudson Valley Shavuot Retreat, Rabbi Pam Wax is organizing a tikkun leyl Shavuot and will lead Shavuot morning services with Yizkor. Learn more: Two Ways to Celebrate Shavuot. And for our Hebrew school families, we’ll have From Egypt to Sinai: A Shavuot Family Adventure on May 21; I hope you’ll join us!

Blessings to all —

Rabbi Rachel

Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Behar

Shavua tov — a good new week to you.

Join us on Shabbat morning at 9:30am for Shabbat services led by Rabbi Lori Shaller.  This week we’re reading from parashat Behar.

If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

And here are commentaries from the URJ:

We are now in the sixth week of the Omer, the week of yesod (roots, foundation, generativity.) Here are 49 poems for the Omer. The 49 days of the Omer count lead us from second seder to Shavuot. During these seven weeks, we prepare ourselves to receive Torah anew.

I hope you’ll join us at our Hudson Valley Shavuot Retreat on May 18-20 at the end of the Omer count — read all about it and register now! For those who choose to remain in North Adams, Rabbi Pam Wax is organizing a tikkun leyl Shavuot and will lead Shavuot morning services with Yizkor. Learn more: Two Ways to Celebrate Shavuot. (And for our Hebrew school families, stay tuned — there will also be a special Shavuot family program as well!)

Blessings to all —

Rabbi Rachel

Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Emor.

Shavua tov — a good new week to you.

Join us on Shabbat morning at 9:30am for Shabbat services led by Rabbi Rachel.  This week we’re reading from parashat Emor. We’ll also call Jen Burt, her daughter Zoë, and her grandson Jericho to the Torah for a special baby-naming blessing.

If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

And here are commentaries from the URJ:

We are now in the fifth week of the Omer, the week of hod (humble splendor) Here are 49 poems for the Omer. The 49 days of the Omer count lead us from second seder to Shavuot. During these seven weeks, we prepare ourselves to receive Torah anew.

I hope you’ll join us at our Hudson Valley Shavuot Retreat on May 18-20 at the end of the Omer count — read all about it and register now! For those who choose to remain in North Adams, Rabbi Pam Wax is organizing a tikkun leyl Shavuot and will lead Shavuot morning services with Yizkor. Learn more: Two Ways to Celebrate Shavuot. (And for our Hebrew school families, stay tuned — there will also be a special Shavuot family program as well!)

Blessings to all —

Rabbi Rachel

Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim

Shavua tov — a good new week to you.

Join us on Shabbat morning at 9:30am for Shabbat services led by Rabbi Pam Wax.  This week we’re reading from parashat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim.

If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

And here are commentaries from the URJ:

We are now in the fourth week of the Omer, the week of netzach (endurance) Here are 49 poems for the Omer. The 49 days of the Omer count lead us from second seder to Shavuot. During these seven weeks, we prepare ourselves to receive Torah anew. I hope you’ll join us at our Hudson Valley Shavuot Retreat on May 18-20 at the end of the Omer count — read all about it and register now!

Blessings to all —

Rabbi Rachel

Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Tazria-Metzora

Shavua tov — a good new week to you.

Join us on Shabbat morning at 9:30am for Shabbat services led by Rabbi Jarah Greenfield.  This week we’re reading from parashat Tazria-Metzora.

If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

And here are commentaries from the URJ:

We are now in the third week of the Omer, the week of tiferet (harmony and balance.) Here are 49 poems for the Omer. The 49 days of the Omer count lead us from second seder to Shavuot. During these seven weeks, we prepare ourselves to receive Torah anew. I hope you’ll join us at our Hudson Valley Shavuot Retreat on May 18-20 at the end of the Omer count — read all about it and register now!

Blessings to all —

Rabbi Rachel

Shavua tov, chag sameach, and looking forward to Shabbat Shemini (1)!

Shavua tov — a good new week to you. And chag sameach, happy festival of Passover to all! I hope that everyone’s sedarim were high and sweet.

Join us on Shabbat morning at 9:30am for Shabbat services. Following Reform custom, as a community we observe seven days of Pesach (see Is Passover Seven or Eight Days? on the URJ website), so the coming Shabbat will be the first day after Pesach for us — therefore we will read from the first part of the Torah portion known as Shemini. (The following week we will read from the second part of Shemini, and then we’ll be in synch with our Conservative and Orthodox cousins who observe 8 days of Pesach.)

If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

And here are commentaries from the URJ:

This is the first week of the Omer, the week of chesed (lovingkindness.) Here are 49 poems for the Omer. There are a bunch of good Omer-counting apps to help us remember to count and to reflect on the qualities we’re invited to cultivate each day; I recommend MyOmerCounter and the Omer app from NeoHasid. The 49 days of the Omer count lead us from second seder to Shavuot. During these seven weeks, we prepare ourselves to receive Torah anew. I hope you’ll join us at our Hudson Valley Shavuot Retreat on May 18-20 at the end of the Omer count — read all about it and register now!

Blessings to all —

Rabbi Rachel