March 06, 2015   15 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.

March Theme -Melting Snow 

3/7 Music and Movement with Ben and Julie 

3/14 Movement and Storytelling with Julie and Shawn 

3/21 Music and Storytelling with Ben and Shawn

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


FRIDAY, March 6

First Friday Family Shabbat and Purim program, 6:00 PM - Snacks, 6:30 PM - Kabbalat Shabbat, 7:30 PM - Potluck Dinner


Out of the Shabbox and PJ Library PURIM party

SUNDAY, March 8

PURIM Carnival for all ages 1:00 - 4:00PM


March 11, 18 & 25


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:

WEDNESDAY, March 18, 5:30-6:30 PM


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

FRIDAY, March 13

6:30 PM: Kabbalat Shabbat

Pizza and Movie Chariots of Fire to follow 

Saturday, March 14 

The Rabbi A. Stanley Dreyfus Memorial Lecture: From Pope Francis to Paris: Interfaith Relations in the 21st Century

6:00 PM: Dinner, RSVP required by March 9 RSVP , (or) the office: 718-638-7600. There is no charge for this event.

7:30 PM: Lecture by Rabbi Dr. David Fox Sandmel, Director of Interfaith Relations, the Anti-Defamation League,

FRIDAY, March 27

Fourth Friday Shabbat

7:00 PM - Dinner ($10pp), 8:00 PM - Shabbat Service, 9:00 PM - Oneg & Discussion: "Allergies: Search for a Cure" with Henry Ehrlich

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!


                                                                                                                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 ~

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.

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 past Friday evening we had the privilege of hearing from two of the organizers of The Living Legacy Project: Marching in the Arc of Justice. Rev. Hope Johnson and Dr. Janice Johnson characterized their participation in the march that will commemorate the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" in Selma, AL, as a "pilgrimage." In light of this characterization we would do well to remember that from its inception, the Civil Rights Movement emerged from within the religious community. Its leader, the Rev'd. Dr. Martin Luther King, was a Baptist preacher. But Dr. King was surrounded by religious leaders of all faith groups, including a large number of rabbis and Jewish lay leaders. All these religious leaders believed in the fundamental concept of the Biblical heritage: we - all of us - are created in the image of God. Segregation and discrimination based on race was immoral and contrary to the teachings of the Bible, despite the perversions and misrepresentations of the racists and bigots who perpetrated this immorality.

While the Supreme Court has struck down many of the legal structures of bigotry and segregation in our country, the long legacy of racism and intimidation continues. During our Passover Seder we recite the exhortation that each of us should think of ourselves as though we ourselves came forth out of Egypt. Hope and Janice Johnson's pilgrimage is one manifestation of that commandment in our own time. In this spirit, I would call your attention to a webinar and post-webinar discussion that will be presented this evening, Tuesday, March 3, 7:30 PM, by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. You may register with this link. It will honor this anniversary, and discuss the task before us in our time. You may register with this link.

I would like to offer a piece written ten years ago, on the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, by Dr. Susannah Heschel, daughter of Rabbi Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel, whose arms were linked with Dr. King's and religious leaders of all stripes throughout the Civil Rights Movement.
Following in my father's footsteps: Selma 40 years later
Just forty years ago, on March 21, 1965, Martin Luther King, Jr., led thousands of marchers across the Pettus Bridge, from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in one of the great historic moments of the Civil Rights Movement. The greatness of that Selma march continues to reverberate because it was not simply a political event, but an extraordinary moral and religious event as well.

My father, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, had been in the front line of marchers at Selma, so my husband, James Aronson, Professor of Earth Sciences and I, along with our two young daughters, were invited to join a Congressional delegation for a commemoration of the Civil Rights efforts in Alabama - the Montgomery bus boycott, the Freedom Riders, the Birmingham Campaign, and the Selma march. The delegation, led by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), was joined by senators and congressional representatives, as well as former leaders of the Civil Rights movement and anti-apartheid leaders from South Africa who had been inspired by Dr. King. The weekend was filled with discussions of the role of nonviolence, of the power of religious faith, of theology combating racism.

I was a child in 1965, but I remember vividly when my father left our home in New York City to take part in the Selma march. He was a Jewish theologian who had long been active with Dr. King, lecturing and writing on behalf of the Civil Rights movement. My father used to tell me often when I was a child about his own childhood in Warsaw. His family was so poor that they frequently didn't have enough heat at home, and his hands were frostbitten so many times that they became permanently swollen. We lived near Harlem, and when we walked in the neighborhood, the poverty and suffering and injustice we saw became personalized, part of our own family's story.

My father had lived in Nazi Germany, escaping at the last minute, and his mother and sisters were murdered by the Nazis. For him, those experiences meant both a deepened commitment to his faith and his people, and also a heightened sensitivity to the suffering of all people. For him, Nazism began with a debased view of human beings, which, in turn, was rooted in contempt for God. "You cannot worship God," he would say, "and then look at a human being, created by God in God's own image, as if he or she were an animal."
When my father went to Selma, we were all nervous. John Lewis, who was then head of SNCC, had tried two weeks earlier to lead a march across the Pettus Bridge, and the Alabama state troopers had rioted against the demonstrators, beating Lewis and others severely. That day came to be known as "Bloody Sunday."
I vividly recall when my father left home two weeks later for Selma, kissing him goodbye, watching him get into a taxi to go to the airport and wondering if I would ever see him again. The next few days were tense, and when my father returned from the march, I was relieved and proud. The march itself had not been without violence -one of the march volunteers, Viola Liuzzo, a white Detroit housewife, was shot and killed by four Ku Klux Klan members while driving marchers to the Montgomery airport.

And the anger of whites was expressed, my father described, not only in the epithets they screamed at the marchers, but even at the Alabama airport, where he was treated with deliberate rudeness.
On the other hand, it was also a festive occasion. A participant from Hawaii gave flower leis to the marchers in the front row, and my father was delighted when a little boy came over, pointed to his beard and asked, "Are you Santa Claus?" Many of those who marched in 1965 returned last month and remembered my father, not only for his beard but for his book, The Prophets, which became a kind of guidebook to many in the movement. It was heartening to bring my father's grandchildren to meet the leaders he had once known-Andrew Young, Fred Shuttlesworth, Bernard Lafayette, C.T. Vivian, Jesse Jackson, John Lewis - and hear their fond memories of him.

For my father, though, the march was not simply a political demonstration, but a religious occasion. He saw it as a revival of prophetic Judaism's political activism and also of the traditions of Hasidism, a Jewish pietistic revival movement that arose in the late eighteenth century, according to which walking could be a spiritual experience.

He said it reminded him of the message of the prophets, whose primary concern was social injustice, and of his Hasidic forebears, for whom compassion for the suffering of other people defined a religious person.
Jim and I hope we can raise our daughters with the spirit of Selma, and convey to them the combination of prophetic activism and Hasidic spirituality that my father taught. While they are too young now-four and six-to understand the significance of their weekend in Alabama, we hope they will retain a sense of the spirit of the movement.

When he came home from Selma in 1965, my father wrote, "For many of us the march from Selma to Montgomery was about protest and prayer. Legs are not lips and walking is not kneeling. And yet our legs uttered songs. Even without words, our march was worship. I felt my legs were praying."
Eli Black Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, Department of Religion
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

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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.
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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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