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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
SILENT AND LIVE AUCTION TIKKUN V’OR (Ithaca Refom Temple), 2550 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca Sunday, May 17, 4-7 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 Donation of $5/person or $10/family Bring your friends, and have fun!
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