July 01, 2015   14 Tamuz 5775
Union Temple of Brooklyn, NY
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Union Temple PRESCHOOL now accepting students.

To schedule a tour:

Call: 718-623-1322

Email: krista@UTpreschool.org

Religious School, Sundays 9:15 AM

For more information please contact

Mindy Sherry Director of Family & Youth 

Shabbat Schedule

OUT OF THE SHABBOX will resume in September 2015

'What is Kinder Kef' ?'

Fridays at Four Tot Shabbat will resume in October 2015


FINAL First Friday Family Shabbat of the year!

June 5 Friday Evening
 6:00 PM - Snacks
 6:30 PM - Kabbalat Shabbat
 7:30 PM - Potluck Dinner
Rabbi Goodman will be offering blessings to the kids and the graduating seniors for the summer!
June 6 Saturday Morning
10:30 AM - Shabbat Morning Service

June 7, Sunday
10:00 AM: Join the sisterhood for elections and to celebrate the end of a terrific season, and make plans for the next. Bring your suggestions and ideas.We would love your input! There will be a delicious brunch and an exciting mystery raffle too.

Brotherhood at 10:00 AM: Annual breakfast meeting with omelets and good conversation. If you’re not a member of Brotherhood please join them! Dues are $36 and supports the book talks, Brotherhood Shabbat and other events throughout the year.

Fundraising Dinner for Union Temple
June 6, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Cocktails • Dinner • Music, Swing Dancing Lesson
Big Raffle with many FUN PRIZES and more guaranteed to make this a night to remember
Tickets at $125 at the door. Raffle tickets: $75 for 8, $50 for 5,   $25 for 2 

 June 12, Friday Evening
 6:30 PM - Kabbalat Shabbat - Pizza to follow
June 13, Saturday Morning
 10:30 AM - Shabbat Morning Service Emma Goodstein will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah

June 17, Wednesday 
Refreshments: 7:00 PM, Screening: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
For LGBT Pride 2015, Union Temple presents its special movie night screening of Out in the Dark

 June 19, Friday Evening
 6:30 PM - Kabbalat Shabbat- Musical Program: Jon Weber playing
 Jazz Piano

June 20 Saturday Morning
 10:30 AM - Shabbat Morning Service

 June 26, Friday Evening
 6:30 PM - Kabbalat Shabbat-Oneg to follow
June 27, Saturday Morning
 10:30 AM - Shabbat Morning Service

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!

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

Late last week, as you know, nine members of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, were brutally murdered as they sat together with their Pastor in the fellowship of Bible study.  They were doing what we at our temple do as Jews all the time, and what faith communities of all denominations do as well.  They were doing what we as Americans take for granted in the free exercise of our religious conscience and traditions.  
This is being treated as a hate crime by the Charleston Police and the Federal Government.  In addition, it seems to have struck a chord of particular revulsion for us as Americans.  I think the reason for this is that we take for granted the right to free exercise of our religious conscience and traditions.  And while we are staunchly committed to the legal separation of church and state, fundamentally America is a deeply religious country.  The idea of people being brutally attacked when they are at prayer, or engaged in related religious activity, strikes at something very deep within the American psyche.    In so many ways we seem to have lost our way in this country.  This attack shines a light on the serious issues that we don't seem to be able to address appropriately:  gun control, effective diagnosis and treatment of those with mental and emotional disorders, an effective way to curb the effects of right-wing extremism within our country.  These are obviously discussions for another time.  But we can't let our minds wander far from them, lest we forget.

For right now, however, our hearts go out to those who mourn.  There are parents, spouses, children, siblings left behind, whose lives will never be the same.   There are friends, fellow church members and colleagues, who are changed now forever.  
In light of this I would like to make a suggestion to you.  On a number of occasions when Jews have been the victims of attacks, I personally have received expressions of sympathy from Christian friends of mine.  And the Jewish community as a whole has received expressions of sympathy from many around the world.  I suggest that we at Union Temple, and our children as well, send expressions of sympathy to the members of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.  (To give full credit, my colleague from Troy, NY, Rabbi Deborah Gordon, posted a note about this gesture on the part of her congregation.)   If I may suggest, we might consider including one or more of the our own traditional phrases of comfort that I am certain will resonate with the members of that church:
"May the Almighty comfort you amongst those who mourn."  
"May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing."
"May the souls of your loved ones be bound up in the bond of eternal life."

The address of the church is:
Emanuel AME Church
110 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 24901

Or, the E-mail address is: emanuel@emanuelamechurch.org  .

I will be sending a short letter of condolence on temple stationery, and I hope that as many of you as possible will communicate with the people in Charleston.  We cannot bring back their loved ones, but we can let them know that there are people of faith around the country who care about them.

If you would like to read a bit about the very interesting history of this church, which is known fondly to the community as "Mother Emanuel," you can find it at: http://www.emanuelamechurch.org/churchhistory.php .

Many thanks 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

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 (rabbigoodman@uniontemple.org) 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.
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 rabbigoodman@uniontemple.org.  - 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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