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September 20, 2014   25 Elul 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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September-October 2014 Newsletter

For everything you need to know about High Holy Days at Tikkun v'Or:

High Holy Days 2014

Please note that Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services will all be held at Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd. Membership and tickets are not required; all are welcome!

July-August 2014 Newsletter

Rabbi Brian in Ithaca  

These are the dates when Rabbi Brian Walt will be in Ithaca for the 5775 (2014-2015) year.

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.

September 23-26 Rosh Hashanah

October 2-5 Yom Kippur

 Oct 16-22 Simchat Torah

November 13 - 19

December 16- 21 Chanukah

March 19-24

April 15-19

June 18-28

Adult Education with Rabbi Brian  
 On Spirit & Justice: The Life & Teachings of Rabbi A.J. Heschel
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel was one of the most influential Jewish teachers of the 20th century. The iconic photograph of him marching with Martin Luther King Jr. from Selma to Montgomery visually connects Jewish spirituality with the imperative to act in the world for justice. His comment on returning from the march, “I felt that my feet were praying” articulates this fusion of spirit and justice in words.
Heschel’s writings about God, prayer, Shabbat, prophecy, halacha (Jewish law) and kavvanah (spiritual intention) are poetic and inspiring. They are included in the prayer books of all Jewish denominations. In this class we will study Heschel’s writings and reflect on how we may integrate spirituality and justice in our individual lives and in the life of our community.  What would a Jewish liberation theology that truly integrates ritual and tikkun olam (repair of the world) look like?
In addition to articles suggested by Rabbi Walt, we will use two anthologies of Heschel’s writings compiled by his daughter, Professor Susannah Heschel, as our study texts:
        * Spiritual Grandeur and Moral Audacity
        * Abraham Joshua Heschel: Essential Writings
Monday evenings (except for December) from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
 October 20, November 17, December 18 (Thursday), March 23, April 20,  June 22
Cost: $50 for members, $90 for non-members,
           limited to 15 registrants, priority to TVO members
Location: TVO, 2550 N. Triphammer Rd


Embracing Judaism: Torah Study - The Book of Exodus and the Haggadah
This year we are slaves, next year may all be free!
This year the Embracing Judaism class will focus on study of the first 15 chapters of the Book of Exodus and the Passover Haggadah.  We will study both books at the same time to deepen our understanding the Exodus story and how we may create a meaningful Pesach seder.  We will look at an array of alternative haggadot and some students may wish to work on creating their own haggadah for their Pesach seder in April.  The class will involve a careful reading of the text and a lot of sharing of ideas and resources.  
Sunday mornings from 10:15-11:45  a.m.
Five sessions: October 19, November 16, December 21, March 22, April 19
Cost: Free for parents of religious school students
         $35 for other TVO members, $70 for non-members,
         priority given to religious school parents and temple members
Location: Lakeview Fellowship, 56 Burdick Hill Rd

To register for either class
Email: info@tikkunvor.org or call: 607-256-1471 

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  
September 2014
09/20 -  Selichot (8:00 PM)
Led by Anne Brous. For Selichot we are asked to begin looking back at the past year and see where/how we may have missed the mark. Then we are encouraged to put our efforts into returning to the self. We will be exploring the concept of self and what it is that we may be returning to. All are welcome!
09/21 -  Religious School (9:15 AM to 12:00 PM)
For registered students
09/24 -  Rosh Hashanah Evening Service (7:00 PM)
All services will be held at Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd Membership and tickets are not required. All are welcome!
09/25 -  Rosh Hashanah
All services will be held at Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd Membership and tickets are not required. All are welcome! 9:15-9:30 a.m. Preliminary Morning Service 9:30-10:30 a.m. Morning Service 10:30-11:15 a.m. Torah Service Reading Torah portion, interpretation, communal aliyot *10:30- 11:15 Children’s services: For ages 2-6 on the front patio; For ages 6-10 on the back patio / green room 11:15-11:45 a.m. Rabbi’s Sermon 11:45-12:15 a.m. Shofar Service (with all children) 12:15 a.m. Kiddush, Apples & Honey 1:00 p.m. Tashlich at the Inlet in Cass Park
09/26 -  Kabbalat Shabbat (7:30 PM)
Led by Faith Rogow
09/28 -  Religious School (9:15 AM to 12:00 PM)
For registered students
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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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