From Pre-K through Grade 12, we provide a strong grounding in Jewish ethics, history, texts, Hebrew, culture and ritual. We want our students to feel that Judaism is relevant to their lives, to understand how Jewish principles and belief in social justice can guide them in their relationships within their families, with friends, and with the wider world.
Contact Alex Tansky, Director of Education for more information about our outstanding Religious School program.
The Village Temple is more than a Synagogue - it's a community filled with kesher (connection). Whether you're a longtime member or a first-time visitor, we welcome you. Join us for our musical Friday night services or stop by the office to learn more about what makes the Village Temple special.More...
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The Village Temple is a place for kesher – connection. It is a home for contemporary Reform Jews who are seeking connections to Torah and the search for spiritual fulfillment, links between past and present and one generation to the next, a bridge between the downtown Reform community with Israel and the world, and the balance between our daily lives and the “turn off your cellphone” respite of Shabbat.
We invite all who wish to join us to enter our doors: Jews by birth, Jews by choice, interfaith families. Inside you will find a community of people who are on a quest to reshape Shabbat and holiday worship, reinvigorate Jewish learning, and renew our commitment to tikkun olam through social action and justice.
Speaker Series: Author Michael Salcman - Friday, March 3rd at 6:45.
Join us for a reading from A Prague Spring, Before & After by author Michael Salcman. Born in Czechoslovakia to Holocaust survivors, Michael was raised in New York City. He had a prestigious career in medicine, where he was Chair of Neurosurgery at the University of Maryland, and the arts, where he became president of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore. Michael returned to the theme of the Czech Republic in his book of poems exploring Prague's relationship with the Holocaust, family deaths and survivals.
Purim Shpiel - Saturday, March 11th, 5:30pm.
Join us for a night of Purim celebration: 5:30 pm - Potluck dinner
6 pm - Light-hearted Purim service and Megillah reading followed by VT's traditionally raucous and fun Purim Shpiel show.
After-Party: Following the Purim Shpiel, there will be separate parties for adults and kids. Everyone should dress in costume! For adults, there will be a BYOB party and kids will have activities, games, and more.
Religious School Purim Carnival - Sunday, March 12, 11am-1pm
Come enjoy our Purim carnival filled with fun games, tasty snacks, music, crafts, and prizes. Your kids won't want to miss it!
Speaker Series: Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, HIAS, VIP of Community Engagement - Friday, March 24th at 6:45pm.
Syria and Beyond: A Jewish Response to the Global Refugee Crisis
During the Shabbat evening service, Rabbi Jennie Rosenn will speak about the current refugee crisis and explore how Jewish values, history and experience compel us to respond. Rabbi Rosenn's work at HIAS (formerly the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society), is to mobilize the Jewish community to advance HIAS' work with refugees in the United States and around the world.
This will be followed by a community dinner $18 for adults and free for children. RSVP to by email to Sandy Albert or call 212-674-2347 ext 6
MusiKef - Thursdays, February 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd, 9:30am
A fun Music and Movement Class for childern, ages 3 and younger. Come join our free trial class and get a taste of Jewish and Israeli music through movement, song, dance and musical instruments. Call or email Alex to RSVP.
Judaism 201 Class, Thursday - March 2nd, 9th, & 16th at 6:15pm
Do not oppress a stranger...you know the soul of the stranger because you were strangers in Egypt. Exodus 22:21.
Finding Resiliance - Eve Rosh HaShanah 5777
Trust and Truth - Rosh HaShanah 5777
Transitions - Kol Nidrei 5777
Moral Bucket List - Yom Kippur 5777
Our innovative educational program aims to instill in our children a lifelong commitment to Jewish tradition, culture and community. With our experiential and flexible education program, we engage children through Bible stories, basic Hebrew, prayers, music, art and cooking. The Village Temple is known for our excellent Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation, which encourages each student to connect with Jewish values in a personal, meaningful way, through learning about Torah, ethics, ritual, and the state of Israel.
For more information click here or call Alex Tansky, Education Director at (212) 674-2340 x 308
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