December 17, 2014   25 Kislev 5775
Union Temple of Brooklyn, NY
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Union Temple PRESCHOOL now accepting students.

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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

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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.

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 ~

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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

The events of last Wednesday dealt a blow to the sensibilities of New Yorkers. We are a nation of laws, and cannot simply form lynch mobs to carry out vigilante justice. At the same time, we have the right to expect that those responsible for a death of this nature would have to answer for their actions in a court of law. And in turn, those accused have the right to explain and defend themselves as well. The failure of the Staten Island Grand Jury to issue an indictment for the officers responsible for the chokehold death of Eric Garner, particularly after the Medical Examiner ruled this death a homicide, is inexplicable and shocking to many of us. As a city, and as people of good will, indeed, it took our breath away.

Our ability to breathe plays a profound role in the Jewish understanding of human life. It is the fundamental sign of life itself. It grows out of the belief that after God created the first human beings, God breathed life into them through their nostrils. God formed the human from the dust of the earth. God blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and the human became a living being. (Genesis 2.7).  

One of the prayers within our Shabbat morning liturgy in known by its opening words, Nishmat Kol Chai - The soul of everything alive.... The literal translation is everything that breathes. Sometimes the word neshamah is taken to mean spirit, or soul (as in the Yiddish expression, "a gitte neshumeh" - a good soul). The Nishmat Kol Chai is recited within the Pesukei d'Zimra, Verses of Praise, one of the introductory sections of the Morning Service before the formal liturgy begins with the Barechu, the call to prayer. It was written sometime between the late 2nd and early 3rd centuries CE. It is a beautiful prayer. It appears in Mishkan T'filah in the following translation (p.219):

Let the soul of everything alive bless Your name, Adonai, our God;
and the spirit of all flesh glorify and exalt Your name forever, O Sovereign.
Transcending space and time, You alone are God.
We have no Sovereign beside You.
God of the first and the last, God of all creatures,
Master of all generations, who is praised in a multitude of praises,
who guides the world with abundant loving-kindness,
and all creatures with mercy. Adonai neither slumbers nor sleeps.
God awakens the sleeping, arouses those who slumber,
gives speech to the mute;
and God loosens the bonds of captives, God supports the fallen,
and strengthens those who are bent over.
You alone do we acknowledge.

Last Friday, an adaptation of Nishmat was sent out to the Hebrew Union College community last Friday, and forwarded to me by Student Cantor Emma Goldin. It was written by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat of Congregation Beth Israel of the Northern Berkshires. Emma and I hope that it may bring even a small measure of comfort during this painful and troubled time. We hope that in the weeks and months ahead, our city and our country will find the courage and strength to take a long, hard look at our attitudes toward one another, and find new and creative ways to address and shore up the racial divisions that exist between us.

Prayer After Eric Garner

Nishmat Kol Chai / Breath of All Life:
Your breath enlivened the first man,
You breathe
the breath of life in each of us.
Today our breath is shortened
as we remember Eric Garner gasping
"I can't breathe," an elbow pressed
around his neck.
Breathe into us
determination to build a better world
where no innocent is killed
by those sworn to serve and protect.
Ignite us toward justice.
Eric Garner was made in Your image.
His six children, bereaved: in Your image.
Every black man, woman, and child
twenty times likelier to be killed by police
than their white neighbors:
in Your image.
Help us to root out from every heart
the hidden prejudice
which causes police to open fire in fear,
which transforms a child in a hoodie
into a hoodlum, a person into a threat.
Comfort the families of all who grieve.
Strengthen us to work for a world redeemed.
And we say together: Amen.
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.
Chick here for our Shabbat Service Schedule
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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