At Union Temple, you’ll find a warm and friendly community, services noted for their beautiful mix of traditional and modern music, and a wide range of programming for adults, children, and families. We welcome all who wish to participate in Jewish life: singles, couples, and families in all their forms, interfaith couples, individuals with disabilities, and all people regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or financial means. We invite you to join our historic congregation and be a part of creating our future.
Our members celebrate together at member’s simchas. We share vodka and latkes on Hanukkah and pizza on second Fridays. We dress up on Purim and sing on Shabbat. We question speakers, our rabbi, and ourselves. We collect food for CHIPS and clothing for Project Hope. We swing dance and study Torah. We also support each other during difficult times. We sing the Mi Shebeirach for our friends and family who are ill, we stand with you to say Kaddish at your loved one’s Yahrzeit, and we are there for you when you sit shiva. It’s what you do when you belong to a Jewish community.
We are proud to be Jews and take action to sustain and pass on our heritage. At our community seder, children explain the meaning of matzah and search for the afikomen as did generations before them. The Brotherhood builds our sukkah each fall, and our children decorate it with handmade creations. Children learn what it means to be Jewish at our Religious School, and adults continue their Jewish learning at the Saturday morning Hevre, seminars, and book discussions. We travel to Israel and more locally to Jewish museums, historic synagogues, and other sites important to our history.
Belonging to Union Temple means you have access to a rabbi you know and who knows you. Our rabbi supports members and their families through life’s significant events. Our rabbi will guide your child through the B’nei Mitzvah process, offer counseling in times of distress, and answer your questions about Jewish customs. When you lose a loved one, our rabbi will be there to provide Rabbinic services for the funeral. Of course, she also will be at your side for marriages, baby namings, and all the other happiest times.
Come to any Shabbat, holiday service, or special program. Let any Union Temple member know about your interest in Union Temple. We will be sure to introduce you to Rabbi Stephanie Kolin and to other members who will be glad to answer any questions.