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. Our core values are best expressed by three words: Spirit / Justice / Community.
With respect to issues regarding Israel and Palestine, our congregation is dedicated to justice, equality, human rights, and security for all. Our members have varying perspectives on how to achieve these goals and we share a commitment to an open and respectful dialogue.
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.
Congregation Tikkun v'Or (Ithaca
ReformTemple) has an opening for a part-time b'nai mitzvah program coordinator.
Responsibilities include tutoring, family meetings and Hebrew and Torah study. The
full job description can be found below
This part-time position (approx. 10-15 hours per week) involves close
interaction with young people preparing to become bat or bar mitzvah,
their families, and other young people in the temple community through
means such as: · Individual tutoring of students in the months leading up to their bar or bat mitzvah service (approx. 2 hours per week)
· Midweek (currently Wednesday afternoon) instruction in Hebrew,
prayers, Torah study, Jewish values and ethics, and other subjects
(approx. 2 hours per week) · Sunday morning instruction in Hebrew and prayers (approx. 2 hours per week)
· Tefillah services held during Sunday morning sessions for all
children in the Religious School (approx. 30 minutes per week) · Meetings with students’ families to discuss the b’nai mitzvah program in general and individual service logistics · Possible participation in bar and bat mitzvah Shabbat services under the Rabbi’s leadership
· Coordination and leadership of class services, guiding Religious
School students in grades 2-3 and 4-5 to lead one service each per year,
and guiding students in grades 6-7 to lead two services per year · Possible assistance with social and educational programming for teens
This position works under the close leadership of TvO’s Rabbi, who sets
the vision and goals for the b’nai mitzvah program. This position
coordinates efforts with the Religious School director, including
sharing weekly curriculum information and participating in staff and
The ideal candidate will demonstrate a mastery
of Hebrew and Jewish liturgy, have educator experience (preferably with
children and teens), be well organized, and enjoy interacting with both
children and parents. Music skills are a plus. TvO will work with the
chosen candidate in crafting a detailed position description that
incorporates responsibilities matching the individual’s strengths and
interests. The average time commitment will be 40 to 50 hours per month,
with months during the school year generally requiring a greater time
commitment than summer months.
For all inquiries about the job,
please email email@example.com. This position is part-time and
does not include benefits.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to:
or -- Attn: Search Committee, Congregation Tikkun v’Or, Ithaca Reform Temple,
PO Box 3981, Ithaca NY 14852
Resumes will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until this position is filled.
Tikkun v'Or also has positions open for Religious School teachers (Sunday mornings) and teen group advisor. For more information, contact Naomi Wilensky at 607-256-1471 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rabbi Brian in Residence
Rabbi Brian Walt will be in Ithaca on the following
dates in the coming year 5776 / 2015-2016:
September 11-14 Rosh
September 21-24 Yom
October 15-21October 17 - Bar Mitzvah Noah Friedman -
Parasha (Torah Portion) Noach
November 12-18 Parasha (Torah Portion) Toldot
[Jacob and Esau)
December 9-16 Chanukah/Human Rights
Zachor (Special Shabbat before Purim)
April 7-17April 9 Bar Mitzvah of Samuel Debbie - Parasha
(Torah Portion) Tazria/Shabbat Hachodesh(Special Torah reading about Pesach)
April 16 Bat Mitzvah of Badyn Milstein-Tousenard - Parasha (Torah Portion) Metzora
June 9-20June 11Parasha (Torah Portion) Bemidbar
(in the Wilderness, first portion of the Book of Numbers)
Shavuot on Sat. night and Sunday,
June 18 Parasha (Torah Portion) Naso (the priestly blessing)
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.
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
In 2010, Tikkun v’Or adopted a 1.2 mile stretch of North Triphammer Road between Cherry Road and Hillcrest Road. Each year, several congregants spend a couple of morning hours providing service to our community on behalf of TvO. Our roadsides are less littered, and removal of objects along the roadside provides both a safer and cleaner environment for motorists, bikers, and pedestrians alike.
We need your help! This year’s cleanup is scheduled for the morning of July 12, exact time TBD (rain date: July 19). All are welcome to participate (ages 10 and up). We hope that you will consider joining us in this mitzvah to our local community and the environment.