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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 ~
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 danger of sameness. . . .This week in Parashat Noach we read
the story of the Tower of Babel. It is the Torah's paradigmatic story of human
arrogance. Human beings are so haughty as to presume to intrude upon God's
domain. The story is also the Bible's attempt to provide an etiology for the
profusion of languages among the peoples of the earth. When all the people of
Babel banded together to build this tower, even up to the very heights of
heaven, it was clear that their uniformity was misguided and would end badly.
God saw the tower and said "If, as one people with one language for all,
this is how they have begun to act, then nothing that they may propose to do
will be out of their reach." And God toppled their tower and confounded
their languages, so that they would not be able to understand each other, and,
scattered them upon the face of the earth.
The blessing of diversity. . . .The blessing of living in a democracy
such as America is that we not only tolerate diversity, we appreciate it. We
have learned that even though we may not share language, personal interests,
religions, ethnic backgrounds, sexual preferences, lifestyles, or political
points of view, we can still respect each other and live in a society that
insists upon respect for differences, and is open-minded enough to make room
for these differences. In fact our society is built upon the insistence that we
protect our differences, even, and especially, with regard to minorities. For
Americans, pluralism is a blessing, not a curse.
What about Jews?. . . .We Jews are bonded together by our
history, and by a common faith heritage. Nevertheless there are significant
differences between us: ethnicity, language, country of residence, political
views, our understanding and interpretation of Scripture and the teachings that
flow from it, and our entire way of looking at the world. And yet, somehow, we
manage to maintain a relationship with each other, even given all the
differences between us - for the most part.
The Tribes of Israel. . . .This week we begin our Adult
Education series for this year. It is a project structured by the Shalom
Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, where I am a fellow in the Rabbinic Leadership
Initiative. The project is called "iEngage," and our series this year
is called "Tribes of Israel." In each of the ten segments we will
look at a different aspect of the fragmentation of the Jewish community, and
discuss what binds us together, as well as what separates us. Here in America,
much of the Jewish community is willing to work together in a bond of spiritual
unity, even though the ideological differences between the different streams
are substantial. We understand that we need each other, and that our
willingness to work together as a community, even given our differences,
ultimately strengthens ALL of us. In Israel, sometimes these assumptions are
not always as clear-cut.
Union Temple is partaking of a
generous grant from UJA-Federation NY to benefit from this series. I hope you
will attend as many of the sessions as possible. The schedule is inserted
below. Because of the UJA-Fed grant, the only cost to you is a one-time $20 fee
for the book of sources that we will study together. I would ask anyone for
whom this fee may be problematic to please speak with me privately. In addition
to these texts, the series features video lectures by Dr. Donniel Hartman,
President of the Shalom Hartman Institute, and conversations between some of
the extraordinary Hartman scholars and political figures and leaders on the
contemporary Israeli and American scenes.
Wednesday evenings, 7:30-9:30, October 22, 29, November 12. Dessert and coffee.
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 (email@example.com) during September.
Tickets for High Holy Day services
Union Temple Preschool Discount
School of Religion Discount
Pastoral Counseling and Services
Eastern Athletic Club Discount
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.
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.
Chick here for our Shabbat Service Schedule
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. - 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.