July 31, 2014   4 Av 5774
Union Temple of Brooklyn, NY
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Sunday, September 7

9:15 AM: Religious School begins.

Please contact

Mindy Sherry Director of Family & Youth Engagement for information.

Open House 

9:00 AM-1:00 PM: Sunday, September 7

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High Holiday Schedule

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

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

PJ BottonUnion 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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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 (rabbigoodman@uniontemple.org) during September.


Rabbi GoodmanYesterday was Rosh Chodesh Av - in traditional practice, the beginning of the "Nine Days" leading up to Tish'ah B'av, the ninth of Av, a period of semi-mourning for large segments of the Jewish community. The "Nine Days" fall within a larger 3-week period of severity, beginning on the 17th of Tammuz (which this year was on July 15). It was on the 17th of Tammuz that the Babylonians breached the walls of Jerusalem in 587 BCE, which ultimately led to the destruction of the Temple and the sacking of Jerusalem. The 17th of Tammuz is a fast day, as is the 9th of Av. Regardless of our various theological attachments (or lack thereof) to the ancient Temple and its sacrifices, these events are a matter of historical reality for the Jewish People. Unlike the many celebratory times of our year, this is a time of sadness and mourning.

During this time, at this very hour, Israel is in mourning. It is "The Three Weeks," and now "The Nine Days." But it is also a time when almost daily now there is a funeral, or several funerals, for fallen soldiers of the Israel Defense Force - very public funerals, at which the country stands united, and grief-stricken. Steve and I had coffee a little while ago with a relative of one of his congregants. This man is the president of Kehilat Kol Haneshama, the largest Reform congregation in Jerusalem. Earlier today he had to attend the funeral of Sgt. Moshe Davino, age 20, the son of one of Kol Haneshama's kindergarten teachers. Moshe was killed in Sha'ar Hanegev, as he and his comrades were protecting the Israeli border areas outside Gaza. It was an ambush by five terrorists who had emerged into Israel from one of the tunnels you have been hearing about. The terrorists were all killed, but so were the Israeli soldiers.

These "three weeks" have been a time of anxiety for those serving in the Army in and just outside of Gaza; of mourning for those killed; of empathy for the parents and families; of fear of rocket attacks; of horror at terrorists gaining entry into Israel through underground tunnels; and perhaps the most all-encompassing, of uncertainty about the future, and how - or whether - all this ultimately can be resolved.

But for Israelis, and for Jews around the world, we remember that we are all one family. And just as we would come to be with our families for simchas, we are also with them in tsouris. There are questions that remain unanswered about how things will be worked out, both in Israel's relation to "the neighborhood," and with regard to internal issues that the society must address when things return more to "normal." But one thing is clear: at this hour, Israel stands united as never before, in the belief that life, and humanitarian values, will prevail, and that Israel will prevail.

Steve and I went into the Old City today, and had lunch in the "Rova Cafe" in the Jewish Quarter, with its incredible panoramic view. As we ate, the manager of the cafe was sitting at another table with a family, discussing the menu for the meal that the parents would host for the Bar Mitzvah of their son, who was also there with his sister. We found the conversation rather amusing in its predictability, as we ourselves have had many such conversations with caterers like this. But on a certain level, it was symbolic as well. Despite the sadness, and fear, and loss, our people continue to live, and to celebrate simchas. We all pray that there will be an end to the sorrow soon, and that the darkness turn to light. Lu Yehi, may it be soon....

Rabbi Linda Henry Goodman

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Union Temple Preschool Discount

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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.

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 rabbigoodman@uniontemple.org.  - 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.

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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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

Read more about the History of Union Temple...

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.

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.

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