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Sunday, April 19 at 10:00 AM
Brotherhood Breakfast & Book Discussion
Jeff Stein will lead a book discussion about Thirteen Days in September by Lawrence Wright.
It tells the story of the 1978 Camp David Conference – the historical background, the three leaders, and the complex negotiations that resulted in the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.
Wednesday, April 22 & 29 7:30 PM
iEngage: A Shared Homeland for a Divided People is a a series of penetrating discussions, including videotaped presentations and conversations by the scholars of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and supporting text study led by Rabbi Goodman.The goal of the iEngage Project is to respond to growing feelings of disenchantment and disinterest toward Israel among an ever-increasing number of Jews worldwide by creating a new narrative regarding the
significance of Israel for Jewish life.
Probing beyond the political controversies of the day, the iEngage Project reframes the relationship between the State of Israel and Jews worldwide. By elevating the conversation about Israel from a response to crisis to one rooted in Jewish values and ideas, the Project equips constituents with a quintessentially Jewish values-based vocabulary with which to articulate why Israel can and should be fundamental to their Jewish identities and lives.iEngage program for March and April.
Saturday, April 24 - Fourth Friday Late Shabbat 7:00 PM Dinner ($10pp - please RSVP)
8:00 PM Service
9:00 PM Oneg to follow and Israel Speaker (presented by Shinshinim of Brownstone Brooklyn)
Sunday, April 26, 2015, at 10 AM
Meet acclaimed author Elaine Freed Lindenblatt The daughter of the owner of the Red Apple Rest on Route 17, Elaine will share her memories of that beloved stop on the road to the Catskills and discuss her memoir STOP AT THE RED APPLE. So pack up your memories and your appetite and join us for a morning of good friends, good talk, and good food!
SAVE THE DATE Saturday, June 6, 7:00 pm
Join us for an evening of dining and dancing at our annual fundraiser as we celebrate the winding down of another great Temple year. Enjoy food, drink, music and instruction in the fine art of swing dancing.
Ticket prices, raffle details and signup forms will follow.
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.
Click here to sign up!
SHABBAT MORNING STUDY
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 ~
We join together through Adult Education
, 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.
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
The sons of Aaron, Nadav and Avihu, are struck dead for offering "strange fire" upon the altar.Vayidom Aharon - "And Aaron remained silent."
We are all familiar with the phrase "silence is golden." There are times when jumping into the fray of a fruitless argument, for instance, only feeds the fruitlessness of the endeavor, and patience is the greater virtue. All of us have to judge personal interactions on a daily basis and make decisions as to what the actual value of our words will be. Sometimes, as in the case of Aaron, there simply are no words. Nevertheless, on a more social and political plane, when there is injustice around us, silence is often the worst decision we can make.
During the 1963 March on Washington, shortly before Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech, Rabbi Dr. Joachim Prinz, z”l, then President of the American Jewish Congress, offered a sober perspective on the consequence of silence in our time.
When I was the rabbi of the Jewish community in Berlin under the Hitler regime, I learned many things.
The most important thing that I learned under those tragic circumstances was that bigotry and hatred are not the most urgent problem. The most urgent, the most disgraceful, the most shameful and the most tragic problem is -silence!
This Wednesday evening and Thursday, World Jewry will observe Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Rabbi Prinz was victimized by the silence of the millions who stood by - often within very close proximity to the camps, and the ghettos, and the shootings and persecutions - stood by in silence, and did nothing. Rabbi Prinz managed to escape what would have been a terrible fate and come here to build his life as an American Jew; a giant of the American Rabbinate. But his admonition was informed by the world that stood by in silence during the Holocaust.
This month marks 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz and the end of World War II. Those who managed to survive the horrors of Nazi brutality went on to live their lives, have children, grandchildren, and in many cases, great-grandchildren. But the youngest among them are in their 70’s. Most are in their 80’s and 90’s. As was inevitable, their numbers are rapidly diminishing. Soon the day will come when not a single one will remain alive to bear witness and give testimony as to the truth of what happened. Fortunately our community has captured many of them on video: at Yad Vashem, at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, and in monuments and memorials to the Holocaust all over the world. But the challenge for us and for future generations remains: how will the world remember the Holocaust when all the survivors are gone?
Our worst enemy is silence. This week, Jews and non-Jews all over the world will gather in their communities to remember, both with moments of silent respect, and with personal testimonies by those who lived through it. Our community also will gather, as we do each year. Our host this year will be Congregation Beth Elohim, 8th Ave. and Garfield Place, 7:00-8:30 PM. We will have the opportunity to hear from survivors as they fulfill a commandment never written in the Torah: to bear witness. They must continue to tell their stories. And when they are gone, we must tell them, and our children, grandchildren, and all the generations of our people who will rise up to take our places after us.
Zecher Tzaddikim Liv’rachah – May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing.
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
Read more about the History of Union Temple...
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) during September.
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Union Temple Preschool Discount
School of Religion Discount
Pastoral Counseling and Services
Eastern Athletic Club Discount
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.
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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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.
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 email@example.com. - Rabbi Linda Henry Goodman
A FREE SYNAGOGUE‐BASED PROGRAM FOR JEWISH OLDER ADULTS IN NORTHERN AND CENTRAL BROOKLYN
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 on‐site 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.