Welcome to The Village Temple

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. 

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 reinvigorate Shabbat, holiday worship and Jewish learning, and renew our commitment to tikkun olam through social action and justice.   

Upcoming Events

  1. Fri 26

    Kabbalat Shabbat Services

    Apr 26 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
  2. Sat 27

    Soup Kitchen

    Apr 27 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  3. Wed 01

    Yom Hashoah Service

    May 01 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  4. Thu 02
  5. Fri 03

    Kabbalat Shabbat Services

    May 03 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
  6. Sat 04

    Soup Kitchen

    May 04 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Yizkor Prior to Kabbalat Shabbat Services 

Friday, April 26, 6:00pm

Three times a year, on the last day of Chag (Sukkot, Pesach, Shavuot), Jews observe Yizkor-a service of remembrance for loved ones who have died.  This service, comprised of memorial prayers and recitation of Kaddish Yatom, enables worshipers, no matter how recent or distant their loss, to remember the gifts of life they shared.  Next week, on the 7th day of Pesach, at 6 pm, prior to our Kabbalat Shabbat service, the rabbi and cantor will conduct a Yizkor service in the sanctuary. 

Yom HaShoah V’Hagevurah

Wednesday, May 1, 6pm

Please join us on Wednesday, May 1 for Yom Hashoah V’-Hagevurah, Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust and the Heroism. Our speaker will be VT member Dr. Josef Eisinger, who escaped from Nazi-occupied Vienna to Great Britain on the Kindertransport when he was a teenager. Dr. Eisinger will be speaking during our memorial service at 6pm.

Shabbat In the Home

Friday, May 17

The Village Temple community will welcome and celebrate Shabbat in each other’s homes. The evening will start at 6:00pm at the temple with singing, blessings and appetizers, after which we will disperse to host homes for dinner, conversation and fun. Please email Liotte Greenbaum if you would like to join at someone’s home or if you are interested in hosting congregants at your home. 

Pirkei Avot: A Social Justice Commentary – Adult Education Classes with Rabbi Hirsch

May 16, May 30, and June 6 at 6:30pm

Rabbi Hirsch will be leading an Adult Education class series discussing Pirkei Avot: A Social Justice Commentary. Classes are scheduled for May 16, May 30, and June 6 at 6:30pm. 

Please order your book/kindle version directly from Amazon. There will be a reading assignment

before the first class. Please RSVP to Liotte Greenbaum

Standing at Sinai:
Joint Shavuot Study, Potuck Dinner, Havdalah & Service

Saturday, June 8th at 6 pm

The Village Temple and East End Temple will join together at The Village Temple for an Erev Shavuot evening of study, food and worship.

Rabbis Hirsch and Stanton will begin with a text study on the historic and current meaning of the revelation at Sinai in Jewish tradition and our personal lives. The study will be followed by a potluck dairy dinner. Following dinner, we will gather in the sanctuary for an Erev Shavuot service that will include Yizkor, led by Rabbi Hirsch, Rabbi Stanton, and Cantor Bach. The evening will conclude with an oneg in the social hall.
If you plan to join us for dinner, please contact Liotte Greenbaum, to reserve a space and let her know what you plan to bring.

Religious School Registration is Open!

Our innovative education program aims to instill in our children a lifelong commitment to Jewish learning, culture and community. In our experiential and flexible camp-inspired and fun Religious School, we engage our students through stories and songs, Hebrew prayers and music, educational and fun games, art and cooking. The Village Temple is known for our excellent Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation, which enables each student to experience Jewish learning and life in a personal, meaningful way, as a unique educational journey through Torah, ethics, ritual, and the state of Israel.

2018-2019/5779 School year registration is open now! Click here to register online or call Temple office!

Click here for 2018-2019/5779 Religious School Calendar

Learn more about the Religious School curriculum here.

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

Shabbat In the Home- May 17, 2019

The Village Temple community will welcome and celebrate Shabbat in each other’s homes. The evening will start at 6:00pm at the temple with singing, blessings and appetizers, after which we will disperse to host homes for dinner, conversation and fun. Please email Liotte Greenbaum if you would like to join at someone’s home or if you are interested in hosting congregants at your home. 

Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Hirsch

Rabbi Hirsch is continuing her monthly lunch and learn at VT discussing current events. Bring your own lunch and beverages will be provided.  Email Liotte Greenbaum to RSVP or to get more information. 

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Book Club

The next book is The Silver Music Box by Mina Baites. The meeting will be on Thursday, May 9 at 3:30 pm.  Please RSVP to Liotte Greenbaum if you are interested in attending.


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