November 22, 2014   29 Cheshvan 5775
Union Temple of Brooklyn, NY
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 Religious School, Sundays 9:15 AM

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      Wednesday Evenings at Union Temple 7:30 - 9:30 PM      

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In memory of Kristallnacht

The Night of Broken Glass: November 9-10, 1938

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Wednesday, November 5 ~ 7:30 PM

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Shabbat Schedule

Fridays at Four Tot Shabbat

'What is Kinder Kef' ?'


Newport, RI - Tour of Jewish History Dec. 6-7 More on this great trip opportunity


Sunday, December 14 at 10 AM,

Union Temple Sisterhood will warm up your winter with a terrific Chanukah program.

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Union Temple Breadth of Israel Tour

May 2 – 15

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Union Temple is pleased to announce its affiliation with the PJ Library! See how families with children from 6 months to 8 years can get a free Jewish content book or CD each month.

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Saturday Mornings, 9:00-10:20

beginning September 6

Led by Rabbi Goodman

Bagels and Coffee are served


Songs of Comfort and Praise

~ history and literary structure, with Rabbinic commentaries and occasional musical settings ~

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Greetings from our Rabbi  

The congregation of Union Temple is a diverse, yet closely knit group of thoughtful and compassionate people who draw together in times of joy as well as times of sorrow. It has been a privilege for me to serve as Rabbi since 1992. On behalf of our congregational family, I invite you to celebrate our past, share our present, and be a part of shaping our future.   Rabbi Dr. Linda Henry Goodman  Click here to read the Rabbi's Message

Veterans Day. . . . Today is Veteran's Day. World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919, when the Treaty of Versailles was signed at the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, the fighting actually ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations..." In 1954, by an act of Congress, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day, to honor all those who died in the service of our country.
World War I was a brutal and bloody war. All told there were some 37 million casualties, both military personnel and civilians. Many more returned from the battlefield suffering long-term effects of the trauma. I'd like to tell you what I know about just one of them.

One story among the millions. . . . As many of you know, my father Philip died quite young, in 1965. He had two uncles, Al and Sam, who were the brothers of my Grandma Josie, my father's mother. About two years after my father died, my mother and I took a few days during the school vacation to visit my father's cousin Burt, Al's son, who lived with his family in Bethesda, MD. Since it had only been a few years since the assassination of President Kennedy, Burt took my mother and me for a walk through Arlington National Cemetery. As we walked, Burt happened to mention to my mother that he and Phil had another uncle. My mother was clueless. And, Burt said, he is buried here at Arlington. We didn't visit the grave, and the whole episode remained a total mystery to me for some 30 years until I returned to Arlington to investigate it myself. Either my father never knew about this uncle, or never mentioned him to us.

A cross on the grave of a Jew. . . . What Burt did tell us was that when his father Al passed away, Burt had some information about this uncle, and he went to Arlington to see for himself. When he arrived at the grave, he was aghast to find that this man had been buried under a cross. Apparently no one from the family, particularly the man's own sister and brother, ever came to see for themselves, and probably didn't know about this mistake. My Cousin Burt went into the office of Arlington and proclaimed, "This man was my uncle. He was a Jewish man. He cannot remain there buried under a cross." The official told him he would have to pay for a new slab, to which he agreed readily. And it was done.

My own search. . . . During the very week that the second Iraq War broke out in 2003, Steve and I were down in Washington for the annual convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. One afternoon I made use of a bit of free time to get into a cab and go to Arlington, to find my long-lost great-uncle. I went into the office to inquire. Through family correspondence that my father's brother had in his possession, I realized that this mysterious uncle had written to my Grandma Josie (his sister) rather frequently. He signed the letters alternately "Jamie" and "Yankel." My grandmother's maiden name was Udelson, but that name originally had been Utahl. So when I spoke with the woman in the office, I didn't exactly know what name to give her, nor the exact date of death. But persistently she drew out of me whatever I did know, and sure enough, she came up with the name, and the location of the grave.

A confused life, a sad end. . . . Here is what I have been able to figure out, from verbal commentary and written letters in the family. Jacob Udelson (a.k.a. "Jamie," or "Yankel") was my Grandma Josie's brother. But he was apparently given to gambling and womanizing, and who knows what else, and Josie did not approve of his lifestyle. He served in World War I, and, as did many others, suffered "shell shock." Today we might identify this syndrome alternately as "clinical depression," or "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder" (PTSD). Several years after the War, Jacob could no longer find a way to live in this world, and committed suicide - on Armistice Day. This, however, was a "shonda" for many families, including ours, and my Grandma Josie ordered the family never to mention his name - ever. My father was a kid at the time, so he either never knew about his uncle, or was sworn to life-long secrecy by his mother.

When the Army had to bury this man, there was no one from the family to represent him. They only had a name and a rank. So they assumed they should bury him under a cross. Eventually his nephew, my Cousin Burt, corrected this awful mistake, and had a new stone slab placed over the grave with a Star of David on the top.

This, then, on this Veterans Day, is my tribute to my great-uncle, Jacob J. Udelson, z"l, and all those whose lives were snuffed out by the violence and trauma of war.
Jacob J. Udelson
New York
Hospital Corps
January 25, 1885
November 11, 1923

Who We Are  

Union Temple is an egalitarian, inclusive Reform Congregation, spanning the generations. Founded in 1848 by a small group of German and Alsatian Jewish immigrants living in Williamsburgh, since 1929 Union Temple has been located in a magnificent building at Grand Army Plaza. We are a house of worship, a house of study, and an intimate community of mutual support for our members. We reach out to the diverse communities of Brooklyn and warmly welcome individuals and all types of families to join us. As a congregation we are dedicated to Tikkun Olam, the repairing of our world, through the pursuit of social justice and active participation in the larger Jewish and general communities. Union Temple is a member congregation of the Union of Reform Judaism

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Anshei Mitzvah Class will be on Wednesday Evenings, for those adults who would like to learn to read Hebrew and work toward becoming B'nei and B'not Mitzvah. If you are interested, please contact Rabbi Goodman either by phone or E-mail ( during September.


Benefits for Temple Members  

Tickets for High Holy Day services A Blessing

Union Temple Preschool Discount

School of Religion Discount

Pastoral Counseling and Services

Eastern Athletic Club Discount

Programs and Events  
We join together through Adult Education, Brotherhood, Sisterhood, and the Social Action Committee for a wide variety of educational, social, and cultural activities including:

    • Shabbat Morning Study Hevre

    • Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class

    • Shabbaton with Notable Speakers

    • Concerts  *  Films  *  Lectures

    • Book Discussions  *  Game Nights

    • Dances  *   Theatre Outings

    • Walking Tours of Jewish New York

We view all our programs as opportunities to bring our congregational community together to socialize, to learn, and to celebrate our heritage.

Congregational Participation  

Our Religious School students, our junior choir, and our Brotherhood and Sisterhood, all assist in conducting the services at various times during the year. Music is an organic part of our services in the gifted hands of Shinea Kim, in addition to our wonderful cantorial students, as they encourage congregants to participate actively in the musical life of the congregation.

Shabbat and Yom Tov Services  

Beginning Sept. 7 and thereafter, all Friday services will begin at 6:30 PM, except for the 4th week of each month, when they will begin at 8:00 PM.  The first Friday of the month we will have our potluck dinner following services as usual.  Saturday morning services remain at 10:30.
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Union Temple Preschool  

Open to all children in the community, the Union Temple Preschool is a morning program for two, three, and four year olds with some extended day options. Our dedicated, nurturing staff provides a child-centered environment with a curriculum enhanced by a Jewish perspective, and enrichment programs.

New Partnership  

Dear Friends:

With the support and approval of our Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce our participation in an exciting new program of partnership with the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services of UJA. Some six other synagogues in the general Brownstone Brooklyn area also are participating in this partnership. It will provide all the rabbis and temple officers with much needed support for our older adults. I have inserted the announcement from the JBFCS below. We will be talking more about it in the coming months. If you have any questions at all, or know immediately that you would like to avail yourself of this program for yourself, a parent or relative, or someone you know, please call me at the temple: (718) 638-7600 or e-mail me at  - Rabbi Linda Henry Goodman


Through a generous grant from the Weinberg Foundation provided by UJA Federation of NY, the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services is able to offer the expertise of our geriatric social worker to area synagogues, free of charge.

We can provide your congregants with:

Innovative programs and workshops addressing the needs of older adults

o Health education

o Caregiver resources

o Social and recreational programs

Emotional support for older adult life issues

Support, consultation, and education for volunteers helping older adults

Individual and family assessment and counsel by our onsite geriatric social worker.

Home Care oversight and advocacy

Access to the full range of services of JBFCS, and other community agencies.

Partnering Synagogues will:

Develop an ongoing working relationship with our project social worker.

Work with our program staff to identify, plan and host activities to address the needs of older congregants.

Identify and refer older congregants in need.

Market and publicize the program workshops, groups, and services to the congregation and community.

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