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November 30, 2015   18 Kislev 5776

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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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  

Many people have asked about some of the readings from our High Holy Days services.


To the Jewish People, to all Communities of Spirit, and to the World:
Rabbinic Letter on Climate Crisis

Initiating Signers: Rabbis Elliot Dorff, Arthur Green, Peter Knobel, Mordechai Liebling, Susan Talve, Arthur Waskow, and Deborah Waxman.  

Jewish Texts on Global Climate Change

Compiled by Rabbi Brian Walt

Fran Markover’s poems:

Letter to my nephew


Warsan Shire’s poem (read by Diana Levy):

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 

November 12-18                     

December 9-16                        Chanukah/Human Rights Shabbat 

March 17-23                             

April 7-17                                April 9 Bar Mitzvah of Samuel Debbie

  April 16 Bat Mitzvah of Badyn Milstein-Tousenard

June 9-20                            Shavuot on Sat. night and Sunday, June 11-12

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.

Upcoming Events  
December 2015
12/02 -  Midweek vav/zayin class (4:15 PM to 5:45 PM)
For registered students
Enjoy Shabbat dinner with friends and neighbors
For registered students
12/09 -  Midweek vav/zayin class (4:15 PM to 5:45 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
Email <info@tikkunvor.org>
Call 607-256-1471

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