March 04, 2015   13 Adar 5775
Union Temple of Brooklyn, NY
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Saturday, April 4th 2015  6:00 PM

Seder will be conducted by Rabbi Linda Henry Goodman

Dinner & wine will be kosher for Passover

Vegetarian meals will also be provided.

Reserve online HERE or download the reservation form HERE.


Union Temple PRESCHOOL now accepting students.

To schedule a tour:

Call: 718-623-1322


Religious School, Sundays 9:15 AM

For more information please contact

Mindy Sherry Director of Family & Youth Engagement for information.


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

For more information click on CALENDAR/EVENTS or go to

Shabbat Schedule


A cross-cultural, interfaith arts based program designed to explore themes such as peace and charity through movement, music and storytelling. For kids up to age 5.

February theme will focus on Friends
2/07 Music and Storytelling with Ben and Shawn
2/14 Movement and Music with Julie and Ben
2/28 Movement and Music with Julie and Ben
All programs are FREE and run from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. on the 4th Floor!

'What is Kinder Kef' ?'

Fridays at Four Tot Shabbat

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 3:00 - 5:00 PM 

PJ LIBRARY TU BI’SHEVAT PARTY, for kids up to age 6.


First Friday Family Shabbat and Tu Bi'Shevat Seder, 6:00 PM - Snacks, 6:30 PM - Kabbalat Shabbat, 7:30 PM - Potluck Dinner



Havdalah and First Saturday. 

Please join the Sisterhood and Brotherhood of Union Temple for Havdalah in the lobby of Union Temple. After Havdalah and light refreshments, we will go to the Brooklyn Museum to enjoy the First Saturday program of art and music.




 “Good Vibrations for Attuning Mind, Body, Spirit”

There is no fee for the session and it is open to all. You do not have to be a Temple member.



6:30 PM - Kabbalat Shabbat - Oneg and music with David Segal




Part of an interfaith relationship and want to learn more? Born Jewish, but it’s been a while? Interested in conversion to Judaism? Then you’re invited to Introduction to Judaism, a 17-week course on the basics of Judaism. For fees and registration:



Fourth Friday Shabbat

7:00 PM - Dinner ($10pp), 8:00 PM - Shabbat Service, 9:00 PM - Oneg and Program: Rev. Hope Johnson and Dr. Janice Johnson: Living Legacy Project: 50 years Since Selm.

PJ Botton



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!

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

"This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine... let it shine, let it shine, let it shine."

Our text this week focuses on the consecration of the Kohanim (Priests) and the Mishkan (Tabernacle) through which God's presence will dwell among the people of Israel. A central feature of the Mishkan was the Ner, the lamp, which was to be kept burning every single day.You shall instruct the Israelites to bring you clear oil of beaten olives for lighting, for kindling lamps regularly. Aaron and his sons shall set them up in the Tent of Meeting, outside the curtain which is over the Park of the Pact, to burn from evening to morning before the Eternal. It shall be a due from the Israelites for all time, throughout the ages (Exodus 27.20-21). As the Tabernacle was constructed, and later, the Temple in Jerusalem, the Ner grew into a seven-branched lamp, or Menorah, whose flames were kindled and rekindled on a constant basis, fueled by pure olive oil, so plentiful in Eretz Yisrael. Two Menorot flanked the altar, one on each side. The Rabbinic adaptation of this Ner is the Ner Tamid, the continuously burning lamp that hangs over the Ark in every synagogue. It reminds us of God's eternal presence among us.

The lyric above is familiar to all of us as a beloved gem within the body of the Negro spiritual repertoire. Its origins are unclear. Some look to the New Testament, particularly within the Sermon On The Mount: You are light for all the world. A town that stands on a hill cannot be hidden. When a lamp is lit, it is not put under the meal-tub, but on the lamp-stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. And you, like the lamp, must shed light among your fellows, so that, when they see the good you do, they may give praise to your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16).

This is certainly a valid theory. Nevertheless, the use of the lamp, and the ever-burning flame from the lamp, does indeed have its origin here in the Torah, and particularly in the construction of God's dwelling place on Earth. Light, particularly as it emits from a flame, is one of the most compelling sources of inspiration and comfort. The song "This Little Light of Mine" became a favorite of the Civil Rights Movement, as the light turned the desire for equal rights for African Americans into the burning passion that fueled the fight - a fight that cost many lives, and exploded the scourge of racism and bigotry that had so deeply poisoned the soul of our country.

During this week of Parashat Tetzaveh, this lyric is particularly relevant to us at Union Temple. This Friday, February 27, we will be blessed by the presence of two extraordinary women who will shine a light on the struggle for Voting Rights that our fellow Americans waged, often risking their very lives, only 50 years ago. Rev. Hope Johnson and Dr. Janice Johnson are humanitarian activists within the Unitarian Universalist Association, and will be going to Alabama in March to commemorate the March from Selma to Montgomery, as participants in the Living Legacy Project: Marching in the Arc of Justice. They have a powerful message to tell us. I hope you will come to hear it. Yes, it will be cold outside. But there will be warmth and light inside our temple. This Friday.
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.


                                                                                                                SHABBAT  MORNING STUDY  HEVRE

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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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.
Chick here for our Shabbat Service Schedule
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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