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.


Upcoming for Temple Israel

for Upcoming Event Web page, click here


Telephone numbers 607-723-7461 and 607-231-3746 (Rabbi’s office number)


December 12, 2014 and Beyond

Please note the time change for the Service of Memory to 3:30pm

Upcoming Services at the JCC:

Tuesday December 16th - minyan at 5:30PM

Friday December 19th - minyan at 5:30PM

Saturday December 20th- Shabbat services at 9:30AM

Introduction to Mishnah and Talmud with Rabbi Szajman.

6 classes on Thursday mornings Jan 8, 15, 22, 29 & Feb 5, 12 from 10AM-11:15AM in the JCC Library.

Please contact the Temple office to sign up.

The 2015 Lottery fundraiser is here!! Playing is easy and fun! You have a chance to win 6 DAYS OUT OF THE WEEK, FOR 52 WEEKS with a mere $25 donation! If your number comes up in the NYS Lottery Numbers drawing (any night except Saturday) we will send you a check for your winnings! This makes a great gift for all your friends and family! Form is attached for your convenience!

We are still taking orders for the Walkway Bricks. Choose to have your family’s name or loved ones remembered in the bricks as they line the walkway to the Holocaust Monument. Payment plans may be worked out with the office if needed. Contact the office for these forms also.

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



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