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July 31, 2014   4 Av 5774

Our temple building on Triphammer Rd was dedicated in August 2005.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 Walt serves 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 Africr walta. 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.

Contact rabbi@tikkunvor.org

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It is with deep sadness that we share news of the passing of Kathy Berggren.
Kathy was an involved member at Tikkun v'Or, serving on committees and boards and contributing to services, discussions, and programs. She was deeply committed to Jewish education, and a dear friend to many of us.
The thoughts of our community are with her family, especially her husband Martin, and her children Linus and Annika.
May her memory always be a blessing.

The funeral services for Kathy Berggren will be at Congregation Tikkun v'Or  (2550 N Triphammer Rd, at Burdick Hill Rd) on Wednesday, July 30, at 12 p.m. (noon)

Rabbi Brian Walt will be officiating at the ceremony along with Cantor Abbe Lyons.Burial following the funeral will be at East Lawn Cemetery, 934 Mitchell Street, Ithaca.

From 3-5 p.m. there will be an open gathering at Tikkun v'Or with food and time for sharing memories of Kathy.

Parking at Tikkun v'Or (2550 N. Triphammer Rd, at Burdick Hill Road) is limited. We would like to be sure there are enough spaces for Kathy's family and those needing handicapped parking for the funeral.

If you do park at TVO, please follow the directions of the parking attendant to park close together.

There is no parking allowed on Burdick Hill Rd or Triphammer Road.

We will be also be using the Jamex parking lot at 2415 N. Triphammer Road.

Many thanks to Jim and Connie Wells, the owners of Jamex, for allowing us to use their parking lot for overflow parking. There will be a shuttle bus to bring people from their cars to Tikkun v'Or.

Please read the following information to help the process go smoothly.

1.  We encourage you to carpool and share rides.

2.     Drop off passengers  at the temple (or go directly to Jamex if driving alone).

3.     Proceed to the Jamex building, located south of the Temple, toward the mall,  at 2415 N. Triphammer Road. It has a glass greenhouse, on the east side of North Triphammer. It is just before Craft Rd, if you come from Rte 13.

Park on the south side of the building.  The shuttle for transport to Tikkun v'Or begins at 11:30 a.m.

4.     After the service, the shuttle will be available to take some people to the cemetery. You are also welcome to drive there on your own. The shuttle will bring people back after the burial and then will continue to run between Jamex and Tikkun v'Or for the afternoon (until 5:30 p.m.)

We appreciate your patience as we accommodate all those who wish to attend Kathy's funeral and support her family.


Shabbat in the Park  
Join us for
Shabbat in the Park
Upper Buttermilk Pavilion
Friday, August 15, 2014, 6 p.m.

Celebrate Shabbat as a community
with a  short service with Rabbi Brian Walt
followed by dinner, music, and dancing

Bring: a dairy/vegetarian dish to share,
family & friends,
musical instruments,
frisbees & hula hoops

 All are welcome

Job Posting: Bnai Mitzvah Program Coordinator  

Congregation Tikkun v'Or has an opening for a b’nai mitzvah program coordinator starting September 1, 2014.

This part-time position involves close interaction with young people preparing to become bat or bar mitzvah, as well as their families, through means such as:

·       Individual tutoring of students in the months leading up to their bar or bat mitzvah service (approx. 1.5 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)

·       Meetings with students’ families to discuss the b’nai mitzvah program in general and individual service logistics

·       Tefillah services held during Sunday morning sessions for all children in the Religious School

·       Possible leadership of bar and bat mitzvah Shabbat services

·       Possible assistance with other social and educational programming for teens

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 30 to 40 hours per month, with months during the school year generally requiring a greater time commitment than summer months.

This position reports to the TvO Board of Directors and collaborates with the temple’s Rabbi and Religious School Director to ensure that the vision and policies of the b’nai mitzvah program align with the Religious School program and the temple as a whole.

For all inquiries about the job, please email president@tikkuvnor.org. This position is part-time and does not include benefits.


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to:

Attn: Search Committee, Congregation Tikkun v’Or, Ithaca Reform Temple, PO Box 3981, Ithaca NY 14852, or <president@tikkunvor.org>  

Applications will be reviewed beginning July 31, 2014.

Tikkun v'Or Religious School  
We are now accepting registration forms for 2014-2015.

For information about Religious School, contact naomi.wilensky@tikkunvor.org

Links for Hebrew Practice are on the Religious School page. Students should practice Hebrew reading for at least 15 minutes, twice each week during our school breaks.


Congregation Tikkun v'Or (Ithaca Reform Temple) is seeking teachers for our Sunday and Wednesday Religious School classes for the 2014-2015 school year. Essential: experience with children, knowledge of Hebrew, Jewish history, culture, and creative approaches to teaching. Must have own transportation.

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 info@tikkunvor.org
Feeding the Hungry in Our Community  

Congregation Tikkun v'Or supports hunger relief efforts in Ithaca and Tompkins County. Join us each monthly in making lunches for the Red Cross Friendship Center http://www.tompkins-redcross.org/homeless_frndship.html, or bring cans or boxes of non-perishable food anytime you come to the synagogue. Donations are brought to the Area Congregations Together Kitchen Cupboard http://www.firstpresithaca.org/ikc.htm

Each fall, Congregation Tikkun v'Or additionallly supports the afterschool programs at GIAC http://www.ci.ithaca.ny.us/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={40F60521-3F11-4AE4-9B0E-97AC1D61C2B6} with donations of healthy snacks for kids.

Upcoming Events  
August 2014
Join Arthur Birnbaum for weekly silent meditation sessions at Tikkun v'Or. No experience necessary. All are welcome.
08/08 -  Kabbalat Shabbat (7:30 PM)
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Tikkun v'Or is located at 2550 N. Triphammer Road, at Burdick Hill Road.
Send mail to: PO Box 3981, Ithaca NY 14852
Email <info@tikkunvor.org>
Call 607-256-1471

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