Welcome to Temple Israel

Vestal, New York

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February 20, 2015 and Beyond

Telephone numbers 607-723-7461 and

607-231-3746 (Rabbi’s office number)

Upcoming Services at the JCC:

Friday February 27th- Kabbalat Shabbat at Woodland Manor 6:15pm

Saturday February 28th Shabbat services at 9:30pm

Tuesday March 3rd- minyan at 5:30pm

Friday March 6th minyan at 5:30pm

Kabbalat Shabbat Service – Friday, Feb 27th (today) at 6:15pm at Woodland Manor (across from JCC). Rabbi Szajman will bring her drum. Please join us. (This will replace our regular 5:30pm minyan)

Purim Carnival at the JCC – Sunday, March 1st from 10:30am – 12:30pm. Admission is $5 per child, $1 per adult, $20 max per family. Hebrew/Sunday School will attend in place of regular classes that day. (Parents must stay with their children and will be responsible for paying children’s admission)

Joint Purim Celebration with Temple Concord- Wednesday, March 4th at 6:15pm at Temple Concord. All are welcome to be part of the Purim Shpiel, the traditional retelling of the Purim story with much jest and song.  Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested in participating in the Shpiel (solo or chorus parts), readings, Megillah chanting or reading or other ways to help out.  Please feel free to invite others to join us. The more the merrier!

Turn your clocks ahead 1 hour on Sunday morning March 8th (or Saturday night so you don’t forget!)

Talmud Class with Rabbi Szajman- Thursdays March 12th & 26th in the JCC Library 10am-11am. Newcomers welcome!

Joint Adult Ed program - Sunday, March 15, at 10:00am at Temple Concord.

Professor Randy L. Friedman will be the guest speaker. His topic will be "Mordecai Kaplan and American Philosophy". He will discuss the influence of American philosophy on the religious thought of Kaplan. 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 March 10th. The cost of the breakfast is $5.00. We hope you will join us.

Follow Rabbi Szajman’s blog at www.RabbiTziona.com

Not so warm but still…Try to have a Happy Winter-and remember…Only 3 weeks (it's coming fast) ‘til Spring!


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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