Welcome to Temple Israel

Vestal, New York

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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.

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.

 

selichot

 

The High Holidays are about to begin!

The kick-off event for the season is the Saturday night Selichot which will be held this year this coming Saturday night, Saturday, September 20th, at Beth David synagogue.

This year the entire Jewish community 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.

Please join us for this fun and spiritually uplifting experience!


 

Temple Israel to hold High Holiday Services at the JCC

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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.

Please direct any concerns or questions you may have to Tammy Kunsman at the Temple Israel office ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Rabbi Szajman ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), or Steve Gilbert, co-chair of the Ritual and High Holiday Oversight Committees ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

 

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:

Meeting room and auditorium with wall open between will both be used for Sanctuary service.  Steve Gilbert is in charge of set up.

Library will be available to families with children under 5 for use with parent presence. No teacher or babysitter will be assigned to this space.

Junior Congregation, grades 3-7, with  Morah Ilana will be downstairs in the
" Kids connection room" take stairs down and turn left.

Junior Congregation, grades k-2, with Morah Lynne will be downstairs in the Younger UPK3 Room, take stairs down and turn right .

There was an erroneous belief that Jr Cong might be in the gym. This is not the case.  The gym is not suitable to our needs nor can snacks be eaten there. The gym will be locked and unavailable during high holidays.


Lihshanah Tovah!

 

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.

Time to order Lulov & Esrog! Please contact Louise at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you would like her to order one or more for you!

Upcoming Services:

Friday, Sept 19thminyan 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

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.

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.

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Temple Israel

Friday Shabbat Programming

Every Friday night!

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

 


TEMPLE ISRAEL HEBREW SCHOOL

See Menus under Education on left.

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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.


SHABBAT TRAVELS TO OUR ELDERLY

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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