Congregation Tikkun v’Or (Ithaca Reform Temple) is a vibrant congregation that strives for a warm personal bond among its members, quality education for the children, and a dynamic program for adults. We welcome those from diverse backgrounds, interfaith families, people who are newly discovering Jewish connections as well as those with a wide range of Jewish experiences.
Shabbat Services are held Friday evenings and some Saturday mornings at our synagogue, 2550 N. Triphammer Rd, Lansing. Please check our calendar or call the office (607) 256-1471 for updated event listings.
Rabbi Brian Waltserves as Tikkun v'Or's rabbi, leading services and classes on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and monthly throughout the year. Rabbi Walt was born in Cape Town and grew up in a traditional Jewish family and community in South Africa. He is profoundly connected to the prophetic tradition and ethical core of Judaism. Rabbi Walt was ordained as a rabbi by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He was the founding Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights - North America. Read more.
These are the dates when Rabbi Brian Walt will be in Ithaca in spring 2015.
On most of these weekends (other than holidays) we will have a Friday night service (sometimes with a Shabbat dinner), a Saturday morning service, farbrengen (gathering) for parents and students at Religious School on Sunday morning, and adult classes on Sunday mornings and Monday evenings.
See the calendar on this website, or join our listserve for detailed information about each of these weekends, as well as the ones in between, when services are led by enthusiastic community members.
TVO PURIM COMEDY AND MUSIC NIGHT Friday evening, March 6, from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. (ish)
Happy Purim! Congregation Tikkun v'Or invites you to join us for an evening of comedy and music!
Please join us for a short Shabbat service, followed by potluck dinner and lighthearted performances.
A Purim skit, storytelling, jokes, stand-up, sing-along, food, drink (grown-up and kid friendly), special musical guests and lots of fun!
Please bring your joyful heart and a vegetarian dish-to-pass, all food at the potluck must be triangular in shape! Get creative!!
This event will be family friendly! Please come in costume--there will be a costume parade at intermission.
After intermission, performance material may be more PG-13 range, so families with younger kids may choose to end the evening with then parade!
Tikkun v'Or's Bereavement Support Group was formed to help congregants with
issues surrounding death and dying, including offering information on Jewish
ritual and local resources. We are available to assist families when a loved is
dying or has just died.
We are also a resource for those who want to discuss or learn more about Jewish practices for death and mourning. The group can be reached at: BereavementSupport@tikkunvor.org
IF A LOVED ONE HAS DIED, we want to assist you as quickly as possible.
Please use the following procedure:
• Email Naomi at: email@example.com
• Call Naomi Wilensky: (607) 256-1471
• If Naomi is unavailable and not able to return your call/email, you may call
Rabbi Brian Walt on his cell phone: (508) 560-0589
• You may email the Bereavement Support Group at: BereavementSupport@tikkunvor.org
We have recently put together a document titled, "Jewish Practices and Rituals
for Death and Mourning," which can be accessed
compiled this guide with the kavana, or holy intention, of helping members of
our community with the process of death and mourning. We hope it can help
individuals consider how they wish to approach this aspect of their own lives
and how they would like to honor loved ones when they die.
“You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”
Tikkun v'Or member Judy Saul shared these words at the GIAC
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast at BJM on Saturday, January 17, 2015:
"I’m pleased to be speaking this morning as a
representative of Congregation Tikkun v’Or, the Ithaca Reform Temple.We have a long relationship with GIAC and are
honored to be part of this annual celebration.
Recently I’ve been taking studying Abraham Joshua Heschel in
a class led by Rabbi Brian Walt.Heschel
was a contemporary of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and supported
King’s work on social and economic justice. Many have seen the picture of the
civil rights march in Selma, Alabama where Heschel is near King in the front
line of the march. Commenting on that day, Heschel said “I felt my feet were
Both King and Heschel were modern day prophets. Both
understood the strong connection between social justice and economic justice;
between faith and action.According to
Heschel:“It is the deed that will
purify the heart.It is the deed that
will sanctify the mind. The deed is the test, the trial and the risk.”
Today, five decades later, their commitment to action speaks
to us.Heschel recommended that: “Daily
we should take account and ask:What
have I done today to alleviate the
anguish, to mitigate the evil, to prevent humiliation.”
That’s a tall order:alleviating anguish, mitigating evil and preventing humiliation.But events like this breakfast demonstrate
that we are each members of a community that shares these concerns, a community
that takes seriously its responsibilities to each other.There is much to be done.When it feels overwhelming, I find comfort in
the words of another Jewish sage, Rabbi Tarfon, who said:“You are not obligated to complete the work,
but neither are you free to abandon it.”"
Renting Congregation Tikkun v'Or
Have you seen our beautiful views of the lake, gorgeous open sanctuary, and efficient space? Are you interested in renting Tikkun v'Or for a business workshop or training, small family gathering, wedding, or other life cycle event? We'd love to talk with you and find our ways we can be available for your group. Contact 607-256-1471 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tikkun v’Or’s Racial Justice Work Group will continue its discussion of the bestselling book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. We have had terrific participation so far and look forward to more very meaningful discussions.
This series is open to everyone who is interested in learning about and discussing the factors motivating mass incarceration, which Michelle Alexander calls a “well-disguised system of racialized social control that functions in a manner strikingly similar to Jim Crow.” You are welcome to join any session even if you can’t attend them all.
There was great interest in following up on the Tu B’shvat seder with more discussion of environmental actions. Join us for a special screening of the documentary, “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret.” Discussion will follow. What contributes more than anything else to climate change and pollution? And why are most mainstream environmental groups so silent about the impact of animal agriculture?
All are welcome.