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.
Vodkas and Latkes Russian Shabbat - Friday, December 2, 6:45pm
We begin the Chanukah season early with a celebration of culture, food and music of Russian-speaking Jews and learn about the contemporary Russian-Jewish experience. Join Rabbi Hirsch and Cantor Bach for a special Erev Shabbat service, followed by an Oneg Shabbat of vodka, latkes and other Russian delicacies. Tamara Volskaya Russian Trio will perform unique arrangements of Russian, Ukrainian, Jewish and American music.
Speaker Series: Ruth Messinger - Friday, December 9th 6:45pm
As we enter uncharted waters in our national life, how do we promote social justice, equality and human rights? Ruth Messinger - often listed among the "world's most influential Jews" - will share lessons from her remarkable career, which includes social work in rural Oklahoma, 20 years in New York City politics (City Council member, Manhattan Borough President and mayoral candidate), and 18 years as President of American Jewish World Service. In these challenging times, she is a source of wisdom and inspiration.
Special Shabbat Service Honoring Anita Hollander- Friday, December 16th
Musical Director Anita Hollander will celebrate 30 years with The Village Temple. A special Pre-Chanukah family service, including the Children's Choir, will also honor Anita for her many contributions to our community.
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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