Welcome to Temple Israel

Vestal, New York

  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size


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.


HIGH HOLIDAY SCHEDULE 2014 [click here]

See below for information on Cantor William Walton.

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.

DONATIONS for REBUILDING: DONATE ONLINE at USCJ and be sure to direct funds to "Disaster Relief".  Mail checks to at 4737 Deerfield Pl, Vestal, NY 13850.  Please make the check out to "Temple Israel" and write "Rebuild" in the memo area. Thank you.

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 .
Cantor Walton

High Holiday Cantor

Cantor Walton received both Masters and Bachelors degrees in music from Boston University’s School for the Arts.   He studied with Cantor Gregor Shelkan of Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Chestnut Hill, MA, who was a past president of the Cantor’s Assembly, and he wrote and performed a segment on Chanukah for public television.  Cantor Walton toured Israel and Europe as soloist with Zamrei Cameran, performed with the Israel Sinfonietta Orchestra, and on Kol Yisrael, the national radio of Israel. 

Cantor Walton has a wide musical repertoire, appearing in opera, oratorio and  recital.  He has sung with the Opera Company of Boston, the Amato Opera, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  He has sung the title role of Judas Maccabaeus by Handel and was featured on “The Listening Room” on WQXR radio.  He has worked under such eminent conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa and Sir Colin Davis.

As a Hirschhorn speaker, his lecture series, “Inside the Music,” covers topics ranging from opera, operetta, and Gilbert and Sullivan, to classical music from early music to the present day.  He has lectured and presented programs at a number of JCC-Senior Centers throughout New Jersey.  He has served as Cantor, lecturer and performer at NJY Camps – Kislak Adult Center and Berkshire Hills Emanuel – Adult Vacation Center.  

In 2009 Cantor Walton released his first CD entitled, “A Song Goes ‘Round the World,” a journey in song sung in six languages.

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.



Click here for full calendar


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.)


Check us out on Facebook.


50 million Americans currently struggle to put food on the table every day.  Please support MAZONClick here.

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