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August 31, 2015   16 Elul 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. 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 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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High Holy Days 2015 / 5776

High Holy Days / Days of Awe  
High Holy Day services will be held at the Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca

Selichot                                                       Thursday, September 3, 7-8:30 p.m.

Diana Levy and Patti Jacobson will lead this service, at the synagogue, providing an opportunity to prepare for the High Holy Days.


Rosh Hashanah Evening Service                         Sunday, September 13, 7:00 p.m.


Rosh Hashanah Morning Service                        Monday, September 14, 9:00 a.m.

Preliminary Morning Service


Morning blessings, songs, chants, silent meditation

Morning Service


Barchu (call to prayer), Shema, Amidah (standing prayer), Avinu Malkenu, and other special prayers.

Children’s Services


Torah Service


Reading Torah portion, interpretation, communal aliyot

Rabbi’s Sermon



Shofar Service (w/children)



Kiddush, Apples & Honey



Tashlich at Inlet in Cass Park



Yom Kippur Kol Nidre Service                  Tuesday, September 22, 6:30 p.m.



Yom Kippur Services*                                 Wednesday, September 23, 9:00 a.m.

*The building will be open all day. People are welcome to stay whether or not they are participating in services.


Preliminary Morning Service


Morning blessings, songs, chants, silent meditation

Morning Service


Barchu (call to prayer), Amidah (standing prayer), Shema, Avinu Malkenu and other special prayers

Children’s Services  


See details on page 2

Torah Service


Reading Torah portion, interpretation, communal aliyot

Rabbi’s Sermon



Returning Torah to Ark









Led by Patti Jacobson



Led by Ira Kamp

The Isaiah Challenge


Dara Silverman "How Jews can show up for the Black Lives Matter movement"

Discussion with Rabbi


Avodah Service




Sanctuary doors will close at beginning of this service

Neilah Closing Service








Please bring a veggie/dairy dish-to-pass

Membership and tickets are not required. All are welcome. Donations are appreciated.

Job Posting: Bnai Mitzvah Coordinator  

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

Job Posting: B’nai Mitzvah Program Coordinator at

Congregation Tikkun v’Or (Ithaca Reform Temple).

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 teacher meetings.

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 president@tikkunvor.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.

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 info@tikkunvor.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 Hashana

September 21-24                    Yom Kippur

October 15-21                          October 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 Shabbat 

March 17-23                             Shabbat Zachor (Special Shabbat before Purim)

April 7-17                                April 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 9-20                                June 11  Parasha (Torah Portion) Bemidbar (in the Wilderness, first portion of the Book of Numbers)

Shavuot on Sat. night and Sunday, June 11-12

June 18 Parasha (Torah Portion)  Naso (the priestly blessing)

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.

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.

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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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