Featured Events at the Village Temple

Friday, March 31st at 6:45pm - Kabbalat Shabbat Service led by Rabbi Hirsch and Anita Hollander.

Friday, April 7th at 6:45pm - Family Passover Kabbalat Shabbat Service led by Rabbi Hirsch, Anita Hollander and Children's Choir




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. 


 Judaism 201 Class - Thursday, March 30th at 6:15pm

Do not oppress a stranger...you know the soul of the stranger because you were strangers in Egypt. Exodus 22:21. 
This session entitled Know the Heart of the Stranger will cover Immigration and Jewish Values through an exploration of Jewish texts. During this course we will grapple with the Bibilical commandment to love the stranger and how it applies to the 21st century. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 JoesViolinScreening of Joe's Violin - Sunday, April 2nd, 12:00-1:00pm

A violin forges an unlikely friendship when 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joe Feingold donates his violin to a school holding an instrument drive and 12-year-old Brianna Perez receives it. Joe's Violin, an award-winning documentary, shows how the power of music can bring light in the darkest of times and how a small act can have a great impact. Discussion to follow. Appropriate for all ages.

MusiKef - Thursdays, April 20 - June 29, 9:30amMusiKefSpring

A fun Music and Movement Class for childern, ages 3 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.


The Village Temple Mitzvah Days:

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

Family Fun Day at Pier 45 and Christopher St. Fly kites in support of the Village Temple Soup Kitchen.





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


03.30.2017 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm


03.31.2017 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm


04.01.2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


04.01.2017 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


04.02.2017 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


04.07.2017 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm


04.08.2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


04.08.2017 10:30 am - 11:30 am


04.14.2017 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm

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