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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.
The High Holidays are about to begin!
Temple Israel to hold High Holiday Services at the JCC
Temple Israel’s 2014 High Holiday services will take place in the auditorium at the Jewish Community Center. The services are free, and open to everyone in the Jewish Community along with their local and out-of-town guests. Rabbi Tziona Szajman will be leading our services, and this year, William Walton will be serving as our cantor.
Cantor Walton comes with impressive credentials. He earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in music from Boston University; studied with Cantor Gregor Shelkan, a past president of the Cantor’s Assembly; toured Israel and Europe as soloist with Zamrei Cameran; performed on the national radio of Israel; has sung with the Opera Company of Boston, the Amato Opera, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra; and has worked under such eminent conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa and Sir Colin Davis. Those who heard Cantor Walton at recent Temple Israel services can attest to the beauty and power of his singing, and the special ruach he brings to his davening.
The High Holiday Oversight and the Ritual Committees, along with many individual volunteers, have been working closely with Rabbi Szajman to assure that this year’s services are as meaningful, prayerful, and inspiring as they can be. Naturally, the congregation will miss its beloved sanctuary; but it will find the JCC auditorium transformed into a sanctuary, with the spirit of the holidays filling the room.
A complete list of starting times for all services during the High Holiday season can be found at http://www.templeisraelvestal.org/images/stories/events/HIGHHOLIDAYSCHEDULE2014.pdf.
Room usage at JCC for High Holidays are as follows:
Rabbi Tziona Szajman
Upcoming for Temple Israel
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.
Friday, Sept 19th – minyan at 5:30pm @ JCC
Saturday, Sept 20th- Our community will observe Selichot this coming Saturday night, September 20th, at Beth David synagogue.
TI, TC, and BU Hillel will join at Beth David for a Pre-Selichot concert at 9:30 pm, led by Rabbi Akiva Weiss and students from Hillel at Binghamton University. Selichot services will follow at 10:30pm.
Tuesday Sept 23rd -minyan at 5:30pm in the JCC Library
Wednesday, Sept 24th-Eve of Rosh Hashanah Svcs @ 7:30 pm @ JCC
Thursday, Sept 25th-Rosh Hashanah I Svcs @ 8:45 am @ JCC
Friday, Sept 26th-Rosh Hashanah II Svcs @ 8:45 am @ JCC
Simchat Torah Party- 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.
Adult Education - Temple Concord and Temple Israel will have the first in a series of programs on October 26, Sunday at 10:00am at Temple Concord. 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
The cost of the breakfast is $5.00.
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.