Welcome to Temple Israel

Vestal, New York

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N e w   Y o r k


Upcoming for Temple Israel

May 21, 2015 and Beyond

Telephone numbers 607-723-7461 and

607-231-3746 (Rabbi’s office number)

Please note: The Yahrzeit listings in the June Bulletin ARE for June, not May as it was printed! Sorry for the error!

Temple office will be closed Friday May 22nd & Monday May 25th for Memorial Day weekend and Shavuot.

Upcoming Services at the JCC:

Friday May 22nd at 5:30pm at the JCC

Saturday May 23rd at 9:30am at the JCC

Sunday May 24th at 9:30am at Temple Concord

Monday May 25th at 9:30am at the JCC

Tuesday May 26th at 5:30pm at the JCC

Friday May 29th at 5:30pm at the JCC

Saturday May 30th at 9:30am at the JCC

Amylia Wiesner’s Bat Mitzvah – Saturday May 23rd at 9:30am at the JCC

Shavuot Program with Temple Concord – Sunday May 24th beginning at 9:30am with services in the Temple Concord Mansion. Services will be followed by a program featuring Rabbis Szajman, Goldman-Wartell, and Esserman- Beruriah: A Woman’s Voice in the Talmud. Next will be a dairy potluck luncheon in the TC Garden at 12:15pm. Please bring a vegetarian dish if you plan to attend the luncheon.

2nd day Shavuot services – Monday May 25th at 9:30am at the JCC

Temple Israel/Temple Concord Adult Ed for May – Sunday May 31st at 10:00am at Temple Concord. Allen Lutins, a Klezmer performer & aficionado, will speak about and demonstrate Klezmer music. Brunch is $5 pp. For reservations please call or email Temple Israel (723-7461 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Temple Concord (723-7355 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Isaac Karp’s Bar Mitzvah – Saturday June 6th at 9:30am at Roberson Mansion Ballroom, Front St, Binghamton. Our regular services will be at Roberson on this day.

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It’s the unofficial start of summer! Time to wear your whites!

Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Szajman

Shabbat Shalom and Hag Sameach.

This Shabbat morning we celebrate Amylia Wiesner becoming Bat Mitzvah.  Mazal Tov to Amylia, her parents Annette and Lawrence and her sisters Gina and Skylar.  Please join us in this community simcha.  Services are at the JCC beginning at 9:30am.  A kiddush luncheon, sponsored by the Wiesner family, will follow.

The parashah this Shabbat begins the book of Numbers, Bamidbar in Hebrew –“In the Wilderness.”  This is a book of difficult times for the Israelites.  They lose faith more than once, complaining of the desert hardships and the monotony of the food.  They don’t feel God’s presence in spite of the many miracles and wonders God provides.  But this is also the book in which our covenant with God is cemented as a nation and in which we accept the Torah into our lives.  This is a book of revelation, of God, and of our own spirit.  More than one commentator has suggested that the hardship of the wilderness may be necessary for the spiritual growth and closeness to God that follows: Shavuot, the receiving of the Torah.

Saturday night begins the holiday of Shavuot.  We will celebrate with the traditions of study and prayer.  Temple Israel will conduct our first day Shavuot services in the Kilmer Mansion at Temple Concord beginning at 9:30am.  A potluck dairy lunch and Talmud study will follow:  Beruriah, A Woman’s Voice in The Talmud.  Sunday morning, Temple Israel will hold second day Shavuot services at the JCC beginning at 9:30am. Yizkor will follow the Torah service at 10:30am.  A special prayer will be said at Yizkor honoring our fallen soldiers on this Memorial Day. Please join us.

Rabbi Tziona Szajman

Temple Israel, Vestal, NY

Rabbi’s Office Line: 607-231-3746

Cell: 607-232-6766

Office Hours Next Week:

Tue May 26 – 8:30-11:15am

Wed May 27 – 8:30-11:15am

Fri May 29 – 9:15am-12:00noon



Shavuot 2015



Late Sunday night, December 15, 2013, the roof over Temple Israel's social hall caved in.

We are grateful that no one was in the building at the time and there were no injuries.  Fortunately, the Sanctuary was unharmed. Our leadership is making plans to repair the damage as quickly as possible. Our thanks for the community's tremendous support.

Click here for updates on our rebuilding.

Link to "Healing Journey", a sermon by Rabbi Szajman

Services continue.  Our community is strong.  Join us Tuesdays and Fridays at 5:30pm in the JCC Library and Sat at 9:30am at the JCC.

Hebrew school Wed and Sun continue at the JCC. Thank you to our head teachers: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
The Temple Israel Tzedakah Quilters

The Temple Israel Tzedakah Quilters was formed last September. We have six active members and a few who come when they are able.

We have been meeting at the JCC in the library on Wed. afternoons at 1pm.

We have made about 30 quilts so far. They are distributed to hospitals, nursing homes, cancer units, neonatal units, shelters and the homeless by a group called The Caring Quilters Project.

We welcome any quilters who would like to join us. The group has lots of fabrics and some tools. Each member uses her own sewing machine.

Anyone interested in joining please contact Sandy Paston at 607-217-4038.

Click here for video. [49.6MB file]

Temple Israel

Friday Shabbat Programming

Every Friday night!

5:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Services in the JCC meeting room.



See Menus under Education on left.


Hillel Academy of Broome County K-8 Jewish Dayschool

For more information contact Administrator This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

or visit our website:  HillelAcademyofBroomeCounty.org.

Due to Temple Israel's Building Damage, Hillel will be meeting for the remainder of the school year at TEMPLE CONCORD.


Once a month, Temple Israel takes our Kabbalat Shabbat Service on the road.  Our members gather in nursing homes to share kabbalat shabbat with our elders who can't travel to us. (This replaces the regular 5:30m service that day.)


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Temple Israel is a proud participant in Children of Abraham Interfaith Dialogue

For Information on our Interfaith Book Club:   click here


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