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April 25, 2015   6 Iyyar 5775

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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March-April 2015 Newsletter

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

Job Description

Rabbi Brian in Ithaca  

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.

March 19-24

April 15-19

June 18-28

Read Rabbi Brian Walt's Rosh Hashanah 2014/ 5775 sermon

TVO Auction  
TIKKUN V’OR (Ithaca Refom Temple), 2550 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca
Sunday, May 17, 4-8 pm

Auction items will include:  Art, antiques, weekend vacation homes, b&b nights, meals, baking, skills (massage, carpentry, cleaning, child care, gardening, sewing, acupuncture, computer) and more

We’ll also have delicious refreshments and entertaining music.
Peggy Haine and Amy Brill will be the auction team
Free admission.
Bring your friends, and have fun!

Bereavement Support  

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: naomi.wilensky@tikkunvor.org
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


We have 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 praying.”

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 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 month in making lunches for the Rescue Mission Friendship Center <http://www.rmlifechanging.org/strengthening-communities/locations/ithaca/>

Several times a year, we collect donations of non-perishable foods for the Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard, and take several shifts at the pantry.

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  
April 2015
04/25 -  Potluck Dinner & a Movie (6:30 PM)
SPECIAL “Thanks to Arthur” POTLUCK and a Movie – SUNDAY, February 15, 6:30 Potluck / 7:00 film Don’t worry we still get to eat, but because Arthur is moving to a new apartment, it’s OUR chance to feed HIM! So please bring a veggie dish to pass, a snack to share or something to drink and we’ll make sure that Arthur gets first crack at the food table. Now for the overlooked 1998 gem from Ziad Doueiri, “West Beirut”, which is a kind of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in a War Zone.” Set during the 1975 civil war between the Christian East and the Muslim West, this is a wise and irreverent look at the things that divide us from one another and the conflict that causes within each of us. Plus it’s about goofy teenagers. Does anything really change? 105 minutes. French and Arabic with English subtitles.
04/26 -  Religious School (9:15 AM to 12:00 PM)
04/26 -  Tot Craft Program (9:30 AM to 10:30 AM)
Young children and their caregivers are invited for Jewish crafts and stories with Shira.
04/29 -  Midweek vav/zayin class (4:00 PM to 5:30 PM)
May 2015
05/01 -  Midweek vav/zayin class (4:00 PM to 5:30 PM)
05/02 -  Shabbat / Shavuot service (7:30 PM)
Led by Dori Chandler
05/03 -  Religious School (9:15 AM to 12:00 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
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