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.
Special Congregational Member Meeting: Sunday, November 15th: 1 - 2 PM This special meeting is being held at TvO to vote on adoption of the finalized sustainable financial dues model developed by the Financial Sustainability Taskforce after a year of research and information sessions. This plan cannot go forward without the approval of our members. YOUR ATTENDANCE IS IMPORTANT! We will outline the final proposal which will be followed by a vote. Refreshments will be served.
Readings from the High Holy Days
people have asked about some of the readings from our High Holy Days services.
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
December 9-16 Chanukah/Human Rights
April 7-17April 9 Bar Mitzvah of Samuel Debbie
April 16 Bat Mitzvah of Badyn Milstein-Tousenard
June 9-20Shavuot on Sat. night and Sunday,
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:
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)
• You may email the Bereavement Support Group at:
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
We will mark Shabbat and the sixth night of Hannukah with a special communal candle-lighting
ceremony and celebration led by Rabbi Brian Walt. Bring your own chanukiyah (Chanukah
menorah) and candles and help us fill our sanctuary with light. Azameyra, the TVO band and
singers, will lead us in song. We will also mark Human Rights Shabbat by celebrating the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a special focus on the rights of children.
The 45-minute candle lighting service will be followed by dreidel playing and a dish-to-pass
Shabbat dinner featuring lots of latkes for everyone. There will be lots of singing and, if we have
space, dancing too. The celebration will be appropriate for all ages. Join us for a magical night of
Shabbat and Hanukah light and joy.