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Vestal, New York

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Upcoming at Temple Israel


March 27, 2015 and Beyond

Telephone numbers 607-723-7461 and

607-231-3746 (Rabbi’s office number)

Upcoming Services at the JCC:

Friday March 27th- minyan at 5:30pm

Saturday March 28th – Shabbat services at 9:30pm

Tuesday March 31st - minyan at 5:30pm

Passover Services:

Friday April 3rd - Fast of the Firstborn at 6:40am at Beth David

Friday April 3rd – Passover svc at 2:30pm at Woodland Manor

Sat April 4th & Sun April 5th – Svcs 9:30am – 12:30pm

Tuesday April 7th – minyan at 5:30pm

Friday April 10th – Svcs 9:30am-12:30pm and minyan at 5:30pm

Saturday April 11th – Svcs 9:30am-12:30pm- Yizkor at 10:30am

Friday April 3rd-  Fast of the Firstborn or SEUDAH- If you are a first born, you may choose, in place of fasting, to attend a Talmud study and Seudah (meal) on erev Passover. We will join with Rabbi Silber as they finish their Talmud tractate of study for services and pastry at Beth David on Friday April 3rd at 6:40am.  All are welcome.

We will not meet at 5:30pm for Kabbalat Shabbat so as to allow people to attend Seder.  Instead, please join Rabbi Szajman at 2:30pm at Woodland Manor (across from the JCC) for a special Shabbat Passover Service.

Community Seders- Chabad will host a 1st night Seder on Friday April 3rd at 7:30pm. RSVP  to 607-797-0015 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Temple Concord will host a 2nd Night Community Passover Seder Saturday April 4th at 6:00 PM. (Reservations were needed by March 24th).

Rabbi Szajman has funds to help those with financial need.  If you have room at your table or are seeking home hospitality, please contact Rabbi Szajman at 607-723-7461 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Hebrew/Sunday School Children & their families Seder – Sunday March 29th Children meet at 10:00am, Seder for families is 11:00am – 12:30pm at the JCC

Temple Office hours on Thursday April 2nd will be 8:30am-11:30am and will be closed Friday April 10th for the Seventh day of Passover.

TI/TC Adult Education- The Yiddish Radio Project Brunch Program, Sunday, April 19th, 10:00 am, at Temple Concord, with Steve Gilbert as host.

In 2003 NPR (National Public Radio) aired the Jewish Radio Project—a series devoted to the fascinating history of Jewish radio that flourished in New York City (and a few other places) from the early 1930s to the mid-1950s.  During the last few years we’ve presented several episodes.  On April 19th we present three more…The radio programs (and accompanying slide show) are free!  Cost of the brunch is $5/person. Please call or email the Temple Israel or Temple Concord office to make reservations.

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

It’s really Spring now! Let the blooming begin!

Shabbat Shalom and Passover Preparation from Rabbi Tziona Szajman

Dear Hevre,

This Shabbat, March 28th, is Shabbat HaGadol.  It is traditional to use the Rabbi’s Drash to teach on the traditions and rituals of Passover.  Please bring your questions and thoughts for an exciting drash and discussion on the laws of Passover this Saturday morning.  Shabbat Hagadol, the Shabbat immediately preceding Passover, takes its name its special haftarah, Malachai 3:4-24. It ends with the sentence “I will send the prophet Elijah to you before the coming of the great (HaGadol) fearful day of the Lord.”  This is a foreshadowing of the role Elijah plays at the Passover Seder as a harbingers of the coming of the messianic age.

Sunday, March 29th, I will once again join our Hebrew school for our model seder.  Each year, I introduce a new element families may choose to add to their home seder, such as reading a storybook about Passover in place of reading the Hagadah’s Maggid section.  Another fun possibility is serving a vegetable dish at the time of Karpas, such as steamed artichokes or cut up veggies with different dips.  Last year my family’s seder was fair trade chocolate themed.  This year my family will be adding a tomato to our seder plate to symbolize issues of modern slavery.

Please see below for links to great sites with fun ideas for your seder and all our service listings for Passover at Temple Israel.  Several people have approached me about hosting new people at their homes for seder this year and I have made quite a few shiduchim.  If you need a place for seder or would like to host, please contact me.


Diverse Passover Customs from Around the World to add to your Seder: Click Here and Here.

Fair Trade Kosher For Passover Chocolate and Coffee: Click Here.

Rabbi Tziona Szajman

Temple Israel, Vestal, NY

Rabbi’s Office Line: 607-231-3746

Cell: 607-232-6766

Office Hours Tue - Fri 8:30am -10:30am




Passover Seder 2015


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.



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


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