Thursday, May 16, 2024

This week:

  • Friday, May 17
  • 7 pm—Post Bet Mitzvah Service and dedication of the Memorial Board, in the Sanctuary and on Zoom. Click here to join.

  • Saturday, May 18
  • 9:30 am - Tot Shabbat in the Sanctuary.

  • Sunday, May 19
  • 9:30 am - Clean Up Day
  • 10 am - Hebrew School Open House
  • 10 am - Hebrew School End of Year Celebration
  • 2 pm - Virtual Event for Teens only. The Rise of Antisemitism with Moving Traditions. Click here to register.
  • 7 pm - The Israel Working Group and Upper Valley Jewish Center (UVJC) Lecture Series. In person and on Zoom. Click here to join.

Save the date:

  • Wednesday, June 5 at 4 pm—Women's Book Group, reading Good Night Irene by Luis Alverto Urea. On Zoom only. Please email Phyllis Forbes for the Zoom link.

  • Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8 —Scholar-in-Residence Weekend 2024. In person and on Zoom. Click here to join.

  • Tuesday, June 11 at 6 pm—Shavuot Service blessing new babies and 12th graders. Live with Rabbi Haigh in the Sanctuary and on Zoom. Click here to join.

  • June 21 - Save the Date / Service at Silver Lake Friday night/ campsites available to camp!

  • July 5 - Welcome Back Summer Folks and New Members. Whole community invited.

  • Saturday, July 20—Summer Fundraiser at VINS Open Air Pavilion.

To see more of Shir Shalom's calendar, click here.

Post Bet Mitzvah Service and Dedication of the Memorial Board

Friday, May 17 at 7 pm

In the Sanctuary and on Zoom

Click here to join

Zoom Information:


Tot Shabbat

Saturday, May 18

9:30-10:30 am

In the sanctuary

Clean Up Day

May 19, 9:30am

Join us as we "green up" and clean our grounds from a long winter to prepare for a wonderful year to come. 

Water, pizza, and fun provided. For questions or to register as a volunteer contact:

Walter Golub at 310-497-5998 or at

Teens Only Event:

The Rise of Antisemitism

Sunday, May 19 at

2 pm on Zoom

Join Moving Traditions for a virtual panel and discussion by teens, for teens.

This event will feature speakers with diverse backgrounds talking about the rise of antisemitism since October 7th and its specific impact on adolescents.

This event is free but pre-registration is required to receive the Zoom link prior to the event.

Click here to register.

The Israel Working Group is cooperating with the Upper Valley Jewish Center (UVJC) on speakers about the situation in Israel.

This Sunday, May 19ththe UVJC is offering their first Israel lecture at UVJC and Shir Shalom members are warmly invited.  Professor Ezzedine Fishere will talk about the future of the region after this war and the possibilities for peace

Join in person at the Roth Center or on Zoom: Click here to join.

For more information, visit UVJC website:

Scholar-In-Residence Weekend

Save the Date

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

June 7, 8, 9


Rabbi Mychal Springer

“There is no limit to Mychal’s compassion; being in her presence is life-changing.”

--Rabbi Ilene Haigh

Schedule of Events

Scholar-in-Residence program 2024

Rabbi Mychal Springer, Director of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care Education at New York-Presbyterian Hospital

June 7 - 7 pm “Vulnerability as a Path to the Divine”

June 8 - 10:30 am “On Being Grasshoppers”


      1:30 pm “Friendship During Crisis”

June 9 - 10:30 am Special session with Board Members

      “Cultivating Resiliance”


Virtual Minyan

Wednesday, May 22

8:30 am

on Zoom only

Click here to join

Torah Study during

the Omer continues

Thursday, May 23


with Rabbi Ilene Haigh

On Zoom only

Click here to join

Link to this week's Torah portion

Behar: Leviticus, 25:1 - 26:2

Hebrew Review

Thursday, May 23 at 11 am

on Zoom only

Click here to join

Virtual Morning Shabbat

Saturday, May 25

at 10:30 am

only on Zoom

To join, please click here.

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 725 948 2096

password: 856328

Pride of Woodstock Needs Your Support!

Support the Town of Woodstock's first ever Pride of Woodstock celebration taking place on May 31 - June 2, 2024!

The weekend will be full of fun and inclusive festivities, but first we need your support. Please consider a donation, becoming a sponsor, or signing up to volunteer for this inaugural Pride event that will bring joy, spirit, and celebration to the Woodstock community.

Learn more and support Pride of Woodstock, Vermont:

Women's Book Group

Wednesday, June 5 at 4 pm on Zoom

Good night, Irene

by Luis Alberto Urrea

New York Times bestselling novel

In the tradition of The Nightingale and Transcription, an exhilarating World War II epic that chronicles an extraordinary young woman's heroic frontline service in the Red Cross.

Please email Phyllis Forbes for Zoom link to attend.

Live Shavuot Service

with Rabbi Ilene Haigh Blessing new babies

& 12th graders

Tuesday, June 11

6 pm

Join us as we celebrate the blessing of the "first Fruits" and bless all of our children. Please bring the first cuttings from your garden and a dairy treat for oneg.

In the Sanctuary and on Zoom. Click here to join.

Calling out to our talented memberswe need you! We are hosting a live auction at our summer fundraiser and an online auction this fall, and we are relying on you to contribute your wares, your skills, whatever you can think of. For example, babysit for a few hours? Share your passion for baking? Or simply offer to do yard work or run errands. If you have an idea, please get in touch! And if you want to get involved and aren't sure how, we want to hear from you, too!

Email Sue Brown at

Here Comes the Sun!

Shir Shalom’s

Summer Fundraiser


Saturday, July 20 at VINS, at 5:00 pm

Come join your friends for a festive dinner, live auction, and lots of fun!

Click here for more information and to RSVP

Important Special Announcement for propane users

Dead River Company, the successor to Junction Fuel, who was our propane supplier, has agreed to continue its predecessor’s practice of allowing members of the congregation who live in its delivery zone to participate in a special propane rate. The special rate for the 2024-2025 heating season will be $1.671 for Shir Shalom and those members who participated last year. But any member of the congregation who lives within the delivery zone of Dead River Company and who wishes to take advantage of a special WAJC discounted price, should contact Crystal Rodgers, Office Manager in Dead River’s Woodstock office ( 1-800-287-1618) no later than early June. The special WAJC rate will depend on the market rate on the date Dead River is contacted.

We thank Jeffrey Kahn for lending us his negotiating skills.

Search for a Director of the Hebrew School

Shir Shalom has started a search for a Director of Education, who has full responsibility for the successful organization, development and operation of the Hebrew School education program for enrolled children and their parents.

The Director supervises three to four teachers, creates and implements the curriculum, and promotes parent involvement. This is a part-time position of 20 hours per week. If you know of someone who might be interested in applying or who wants to know more about the position, please have that person contact either Roni Skerker at or me at Thanks.

Michael Brown

Thank you very much for your generosity. Your donation makes it possible for us to continue to bring Judaism to the Upper Valley.

As we have no dues or fees, gifts like yours are essential. You may give by credit card, PayPal, or check mailed to:


PO Box 526

Woodstock, VT 05091

Thank you again. 

Zoom Information

Sanctuary Room - this will be used for larger group events

such as the 1st and 3rd Friday Night Shabbat Services, B'nei Mitzvahs,

and other live events

Meeting ID: 219 902 8045

Passcode: Dg8WLC

Meeting - this will be used for Rabbi's teaching, including Torah Study, Hebrew I and II, Adult Education, Wednesday and Saturday Minyans, Social Groups, etc.

Meeting ID: 725 948 2096

Password: 856328


Check the calendar at for Zoom numbers to use for each event or meeting. 

Contact Information:

(802) 457-4840

 Rabbi Ilene Haigh

Michael Brown, President

Mailing Address:

PO Box 526, Woodstock, VT 05091




Woodstock Area Jewish Community, Congregation Shir Shalom