The Wilton Jewish
brings Jews of Wilton and its surrounding communities together. The
work of the WJC is to promote individual and communal Jewish experience,
while serving as a spiritual resource to the entire community.
The Hebrew words Nefesh
Yehudi may sound familiar, for they are taken from Hatikvah—Israel’s
national anthem—and mean “Jewish soul.”
The teachings of the WJC
are based on the “four worlds” model of physical, emotional,
mental and spiritual well-being; we experience Jewish tradition through
creative and relevant cultural observances, educational opportunities
and mindful spiritual practice.
Participants in WJC events
include Jews and non-Jews, affiliated and not, who come together for
personal growth, family and community-building, and tikkun olam
– repairing the world.
Offerings of The
Wilton Jewish Center–Nefesh Yehudi include:
- Rosh Chodesh
– monthly new moon celebrations
- Spiritual healing services
and meditation workshops
- Musical services and performances
To learn about "Shi'ur b'Shir, A Lesson in Song" click here.
- Adult and teen education:
Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation, prayer and Hebrew instruction, Torah
and Talmud study, and individualized learning programs
- Home-based lifecycle events:
baby namings to memorial services, Shabbat and holiday observances,
mezuzah/home dedication ceremonies, personal rituals.
- Spiritual support
Batya Diamond is the founder and spiritual leader
of the Wilton Jewish Center—Nefesh Yehudi.
A Wilton resident since 1990, Batya has been actively involved in the
Batya has served as a Chaplaincy intern in the Spiritual Care department
at Norwalk Hospital and as the Assistant (Student) Rabbi at Temple Shalom
in Norwalk. She leads worship and healing services (Jewish and interfaith),
including private Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies. Since 1997 Batya has
been facilitating monthly women’s Rosh Chodesh (new moon) celebrations.
In addition to being a Jewish educator, Batya serves on the board of
the Wilton Education Foundation. She is also a singer/songwriter who
performs original spiritual music in Hebrew and English. Batya’s
name or voice may be familiar to Fairfield County residents who have
heard her on “WEBE 108-FM”, where she has worked on the
air since 1996.