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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
God tells Avram: "Go forth from your land, the
place of your birth, the home of your father, and go into the land that I will
show you; and I will make of you a great nation, and you shall be a
blessing." Avram did as God said, and left the land of Haran, now known as
Iraq, and took his wife Sarai, their servants, and all that they had. And he
went forth to a new destiny for him and his descendants.
Unfortunately, Avram neglected to discuss this move
with his wife. Sarai followed him, without so much as a word passing between
them. And in fact, the first words we ever hear him speak to her are as they
are approaching the land of Egypt, and he is afraid that the Pharaoh will have
him killed to get to Sarai. "Look, you are a beautiful woman; please say
that you are my sister, that it may go well with me." Ever the obedient
wife, Sarai sacrifices her virtue and goes into the house of Pharaoh, in order
to save her husband. And indeed, it did go well with him, and he left Egypt
with his wife in tow, and a handmaiden and additional wealth to boot.
During these early days of semi-nomadic life as
described in our Torah, women were generally treated as chattel. They did what
their husbands commanded because they had no power or resources of their own.
Thankfully, our civilization has progressed to the
point at which we, at least in the western world, consider this kind of society
to be unacceptable and cruel. But there is still work to do, witness the attack
by ultra-Orthodox extremists upon an Egged bus with an advertisement from Women
of the Wall encouraging girls to become b'not mitzvah at the Western Wall and
read from the Torah.
Do ultra-Orthodox extremists represent ALL of Orthodox
Judaism? Most emphatically, NO!! But they ARE a vocal and provocative minority.
This Wednesday, October 29, 7:30-9:30, we will hold the second of our 10-part
iEngage Series from the Shalom Hartman Institute, Tribes of Israel. This week
we will look at The Orthodox Tribes. Orthodoxy encompasses many things, both in
Israel, and around the world. Who really speaks for Orthodoxy? We will discuss
this and related issues on Wednesday. Join us!
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 (email@example.com) during September.
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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.
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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 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.