Welcome to Temple Israel

Vestal, New York

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W e l c o m e   t o   T e m p l e   I s r a e l   o f   V e s t a l

N e w   Y o r k

Temple Israel, located in Vestal, New York, is a modern, conservative synagogue founded in 1886 and is affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Temple Israel provides a complete range of religious, educational, spiritual and pastoral services dedicated to the principle that our people's survival and our personal satisfaction depend upon a living heritage that is loyal to the past and relevant to the present.

Simchat Torah Party 2014

Upcoming for Temple Israel

October 15, 2014 and Beyond

Please note: We now have a second phone number in our Temple Office!

The number is 607-231-3746. Our main number is still 607-723-7461.

Upcoming Services at the JCC:

Thursday Oct 16th- Shemini Atzeret svcs at 9:30am; Yizkor at 11:00am

Friday Oct 17th- Simchat Torah svcs at 9:30am; minyan at 5:30pm

Saturday Oct 18th- Shabbat services at 9:30am

Tuesday Oct 21st- minyan at 5:30pm

Temple Office closed: Thursday Oct 16th & Friday Oct 17th

Simchat Torah Party and Consecration service for new Hebrew/Sunday school & Hillel children Thursday, October 16th from 6:30pm-8pm.

Eat dinner at home, then come, join us for a musical party with drumming and dessert at the JCC.

Board of Trustees meeting – Tuesday Oct 21st at 7:00pm

Adult Education(Please note change of venue)

Temple Concord and Temple Israel will have the first in a series of programs on October 26, Sunday at 10:00am at the JCC. Ben Kasper, Professor Emeritus of Social Science, SUNY Broome, will be speaking on "Tradition, Tradition, The Jewish Voter". He will present some recent research on the Jewish vote in the 2012 election, the significance of Israel to the vote, and what we might predict for 2016. Please contact Temple Concord to make a reservation for the breakfast at 723-7355 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by October 22.

The cost of the breakfast is $5.00.


For the Temple Israel Calendar, click here.

You can visit Rabbi’s blog at www.RabbiTziona.com for her latest updates.


Late Sunday night, December 15, 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


for Rabbi Prouser's Form: CLICK HERE