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.
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.
23-26 Rosh Hashanah
October 2-5 Yom Kippur
Oct 16-22 Simchat Torah
November 13 - 19
December 16- 21 Chanukah
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 From 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. October 20, November 17, December 18 (Thursday), March 23, April 16, June 22, June 25 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 607-256-1471
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 email@example.com
9:30-10 a.m. Silent Meditation and Chanting with Rabbi Brian
10-11 a.m. Morning Service and Torah Reading
11 a.m.-12 p.m. Torah Study and Discussion
In honor of Human Rights Shabbat, we will focus on the rights of gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual people. Although the Universal Declaration of Human Rights does not explicitly mention sexual orientation or gender identity, evolving conceptions of international human rights law includes the rights and the protection of the rights of LGBT people around the world. Our community and prides itself on being a community that welcomes gays and lesbians. We rarely talk about it. This morning we will discuss this commitment and what it means to us, personally and communally. How could we deepen our commitment to LGBT rights in the Jewish community and in our world?
12-1 p.m. Kiddush and Shabbat Lunch
All Tikkun v'Or teens (ages 13+) are invited to a fun latke-and-applesauce fest, with plenty of dreidels and gelt.
Join us, bring a friend! Even if your bar/bat mitzvah was years ago,
or you didn't become a bar/bat mitzvah, or you didn't go to Hebrew School, or you loved Hebrew School, or you hated Hebrew school -- ALL are welcome!