The launch of our spiffy new website (kudos to Emily Hacker) coincides with a new beginning for The Village Temple. Now celebrating our 65th year, we have spent the last year as a congregation in reflection. Who are we? Who do we want to be? Several dedicated members developed a strategic plan, which has become a touchstone for a community wide conversation that we hope continues every day.
Our byword is Kesher, or connection. What does it mean to be a Jew in the 21st century? Together we look forward to discovering Judaism’s many traditions, our history, and our culture.
Rabbi Chava Koster just graduated from the prestigious three-year Rabbinic Leadership Initiative at the Hartman Institute in Israel, where she has been grappling with these questions. Rabbi Koster is primed and ready to bring her wit, intellect and knowledge to the bimah and beyond. Join her in The Prayer Project, our Interfaith initiatives, at our Film Series—and for the pleasure and spiritual fulfillment of weekly services.
The Village Temple has become known as a synagogue that explores musical boundaries. Our soloists Gerard Edery and Anita Hollander are amazing musicians, unafraid to experiment while honoring the songs and customs we love.
At the Religious School, Alex Tansky and his teaching staff continually review our curriculum and ways of communicating with parents. Check out the RS page to see what they have planned for our children. We have expert B’nei Mitzvah trainer Cantor Jenny Izenstark on board to prepare our students for this important rite of passage.
Tikkun Olam remains a crucial component of our synagogue’s identity. Our soup kitchen is a Village institution, and our social action committee is developing many ways for all of us to make the practice of mitzvah part of our lives.
Our goal this year is to be in touch with you as often as you want. Please let us know what moves you, what you feel is missing, how you want to connect. In the fall, look for the new incarnation of synagogue newsletter, Kesher.
We may be a small synagogue, but we do a lot, thanks to the help of our wonderful community. Check in to see what we’re up to, and come along for the ride.