OUT OF THE SHABBOX a cross-cultural arts based program designed to enthrall and engage parents and children alike through MOVEMENT • MUSIC • STORYTELLING,
|Special Shalom Medition Wed. March 12. |
PLEASE JOIN OUR UNION TEMPLE FAMILY AT OUR 2ND SEDER Tuesday April 15th 2014 6:00 P.M.
week we begin our yearly study of the Book of Leviticus, the entire
first half of which is completely focused on the sacrificial cult and
the responsibility of priests (kohanim) for carrying it
out correctly. The purpose of the sacrifices was for the priests to
make kaparah - atonement - on behalf of the people.
The priests acted as divine intermediaries. In slaughtering the
sacrificial animals and dashing the blood upon the altar, the priests
effected expiation for the people. So it was the blood itself that
mystically removed the guilt that the people had incurred through
their various transgressions. This was a system of vicarious
the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, and the sacrificial cult met
its demise, the newly emerged leadership of the Jewish community -
the Rabbis - had to reformulate a modality for expiation of human
guilt. This reformulation took the form of teshuvah -
repentance - in which the onus of making amends for wrongdoing fell
squarely upon the shoulders of the people - each one of us - through
direct means, not through intermediaries or mystical, vicarious
rites. The Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur(note the root
relationship to kaparah) is the most important time for
us as Jews to make direct amends for our wrongdoings, and to repair
the damages in our relationships with other people, and in our sense
of spiritual wholeness.
in the Reform Movement are in the process of piloting a new machzor -
prayer book - for the High Holy Days: Mishkan Hanefesh -
"Sanctuary of the Soul." Our own spiritual engagement and
renewal is of critical importance as we seek to revitalize our
prayers at this most important time of our year. The Central
Conference of American Rabbis is calling for input from congregants
on a level unprecedented in Jewish history in the writing of any
prayer book. It is an opportunity not to be missed. Our first session
in late January, when we piloted the Yom Kippur Morning
service, resulted in a deeply engaging discussion for us. This
Wednesday evening - March 5 - beginning at 7:00 PM, we will engage in
a similar discussion, focusing on the Kol Nidre Service
for Yom Kippur Evening. The results of our
discussions, together with the results of similar discussions being
held throughout North America, will be reflected in the machzor that
we will begin using, with the congregation's approval, during the
High Holy Days of 2015. I hope you will join us. Please call the
office and let us know you are coming.
Tov! (Today is Rosh Chodesh Adar II. Mi Shenichnas
Adar marbim b'simchah - When we enter Adar, we
multiply our joy!)
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
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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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.
Tickets for High Holy Day services
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.
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.
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 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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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.
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.