November 27, 2014   5 Kislev 5775
Union Temple of Brooklyn, NY
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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

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Shabbat Schedule

Fridays at Four Tot Shabbat

'What is Kinder Kef' ?'

Newport, RI - Tour of Jewish History Dec. 6-7 More on this great trip opportunity


Pizza and a Movie

6:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat

7:30 PM Pizza

8:00 PM Film: The Chosen, based on the novel by Chaim Potok


Union Temple Sisterhood will warm up your winter with a terrific Chanukah program.

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Kabbalat Shabbat for Chanukah and potluck to follow -

Latkes & Vodka and edible menorah contest!

Join us as we light the Chanukah candles at our Shabbat service.

Afterward, we'll feast on delicious latkes and potluck dinner.


Bring your entries to the party. Prizes awarded for:

* Most Creative Edible Menorah

* Wackiest Edible Menorah

Remember: Bring a dish to feed 8 hungry revelers

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21, 3:00 - 5:00 PM


We’ll sing, dance and munch on sufganiyot! For kids up to age 6

Union Temple Breadth of Israel Tour

May 2 – 15

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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.

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                                                                                                                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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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

No question, the patriarch Jacob is a flawed individual. Of course he is intelligent and intuitive, but he is also calculating and dishonest. He tricks his own brother out of the birthright, and his own father, out of the blessing meant for his brother. And of course, his very name, Ya'akov, comes from the word "heel." He came out of the womb grasping onto the heel of his brother, as though from their first moments on Earth, he intended to usurp Esau's place in the world. And in fact, Jacob himself proves to be - a "heel."

All this being so, if we look once again at our sidra for this week, Vayeitzei, we might also observe a more positive attribute in the behavior of Jacob "the heel." When Jacob enters Haran to seek refuge with his uncle Laban, his meets Rachel, Laban's younger daughter. At once he is struck by her beauty, and overcome with emotion. He is enraptured and overpowered, and the love-at-first-sight that he experiences becomes a love that will last the rest of their lives, even beyond Rachel's death. Jacob agrees to work seven years for his uncle, in order to pay off the bride price for Rachel so that he can be with her, finally. And then, he commits himself to seven more. FOURTEEN YEARS he works for his uncle Laban, all for the love of Rachel. (See Genesis 29.16-30) . . . .

Who would do such a thing? How many of us would actually sacrifice fourteen years of our lives for someone else - especially someone we barely knew? How long would such an infatuation last in our own environment, before we would conclude that it was a waste of our time, and we should simply move on and find someone else?

While Jacob the heel may possess a number of unpleasant characteristics, we might look at this story through the lens that offers us a different view of his complex personality. After throwing his own brother under the bus, so to speak, suddenly Jacob develops the attribute of loyalty - an attribute that is all too often forgotten in our own time.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday, we might want to consider the attribute of loyalty: loyalty to those we love, loyalty to family, to friends and colleagues, loyalty to our faith, and, not to be forgotten, loyalty to our country. America certainly has a lot a problems, which seem to be particularly in evidence at this time. Nevertheless, when we look around at the rest of the world, we realize that despite our problems as a nation, we here still hold the best chance of realizing the dream of justice and freedom for all, no matter how hard we may have to work to bring that dream to full fruition. This is our aspiration, and this is our responsibility.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.
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.

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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