Featured Events at the Village Temple

Friday, April 28th at 6:45pm - Kabbalat Shabbat Service led by Cantor Nancy Bach 

Friday, April 28th at 8pm - 5th Grade Shul-in



Shabbat, Holiday and Special Services

Join us every Friday at 6:45 PM for Kabbalat Erev Shabbat - a music-filled Friday night service for tuning the soul. Stay and meet the congregation, clergy and musicians at the Oneg, immediately following services.




Religious School and Youth Groups

From Pre-K through Grade 12, we provide a strong grounding in Jewish ethics, history, texts, Hebrew, culture and ritual. We want our students to feel that Judaism is relevant to their lives, to understand how Jewish principles and belief in social justice can guide them in their relationships within their families, with friends, and with the wider world.

Contact Alex Tansky, Director of Education for more information about our outstanding Religious School program. 

Tikkun Olam (Social Action)

Tikkun Olam (Social Action)

Social Action

Help feed New Yorkers in need next Shabbat. The VT Soup Kitchen welcomes volunteers every Saturday morning from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM.




The Village Temple is more than a Synagogue - it's a community filled with kesher (connection). Whether you're a longtime member or a first-time visitor, we welcome you. Join us for our musical Friday night services or stop by the office to learn more about what makes the Village Temple special.

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Welcome to the Village Temple

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Come as you are.  Discover who you are.

The Village Temple is a place for kesher – connection.  It is a home for contemporary Reform Jews who are seeking connections to Torah and the search for spiritual fulfillment, links between past and present and one generation to the next, a bridge between the downtown Reform community with Israel and the world, and the balance between our daily lives and the “turn off your cellphone” respite of Shabbat.

 We invite all who wish to join us to enter our doors: Jews by birth, Jews by choice, interfaith families. Inside you will find a community of people who are on a quest to reshape Shabbat and holiday worship, reinvigorate Jewish learning, and renew our commitment to tikkun olam through social action and justice. 


Park5777Mitzvah Day: Tompkins Sqaure Park Cleanup- Sunday, April 30th 10 am - 1 pm

Members of all ages can help beautify the neighborhood at our annual Tompkins Square Park cleanup located on Avenue A and 9th street.


MusiKef - Thursdays, April 20 - June 29, 9:30am and 4:30pmMusiKefSpring5777

A fun Music and Movement Class for childern, ages 5 and younger. Come join our free trial class and get a taste of Jewish and Israeli music and let your preschoolers sing, dance, play instruments and just have Kef (fun in Hebrew). Call or email Alex to RSVP.


Judaism 301 Class - Thursdays April 20th, 27th, and May 4th from 6:15 to 8:00 pm

In preparation for our welcoming of our new High Holy Day Machzor, Mishkan HaNefesh, Rabbi Hirsch will be conducting three introductory classes on the structure and content of this new prayer book. Mishkan Hanefesh, fully transliterated, contains study materials and new interpretations of traditional prayers. The layout blends tradition with modernity. The Shofar and Yizkor services are a totally new format. Learn how to navigate through this rich, relevant and exciting High Holy Day prayer book. Participants will attempt to offer their interpretations of the 'Rorschach' prints throughout the Machzor. Rosh HaShanah is just 160 days away!!!
RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Village Temple Mitzvah Days:

Community Tompkins Square Park Clean-up - Sunday, April 30, 10-1pm. 

Kites for Charity: Family Mitzvah Day at Pier 45 and Christopher St. Fly kites in support of Riverkeeper Sunday, May 7, 11-1pm





Knitters Wanted!

Do you knit? Want to learn how to knit? Come join us to make scarves and hats for the Village Temple Soup Kitchen guests. We will provide a light nosh. Thursdays at 5:30pm. Meeting times and dates to be determined based on group preference. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rabbi's High Holidays Sermons:

Finding Resiliance - Eve Rosh HaShanah 5777 

Trust and Truth - Rosh HaShanah 5777

Transitions - Kol Nidrei 5777

Moral Bucket List - Yom Kippur 5777

Religious School at the Village Temple:

Our innovative educational program aims to instill in our children a lifelong commitment to Jewish tradition, culture and community. With our experiential and flexible education program, we engage children through Bible stories, basic Hebrew, prayers, music, art and cooking. The Village Temple is known for our excellent Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation, which encourages each student to connect with Jewish values in a personal, meaningful way, through learning about Torah, ethics, ritual, and the state of Israel.

Special Membership Incentive!

FREE membership! Special offer for families with children entering 1st or 2nd grade. Enroll your child in The Village Temple Religious School and receive a one-year free membership for families who are new to our temple community. Learn more about the Religious School curriculum here.

For more information click here or call Alex Tansky, Education Director at (212) 674-2340 x 308


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Upcoming Events


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