Union for Reform Judaism Member Congregation

Upcoming Events

This is a listing of featured events of interest to all. To find out about services, meetings, other UT events, or  office closings, visit our Calendar. If you have questions about or want to register for an event call the UT office at 718 638 7600 ext 1 or Contact Us.

The Festival of Sukkot at Union Temple

Sunday, October 13
10:00AM:Brotherhood builds the Sukkah
Join the Brotherhood for bagels and building.
7:00PM: Reception
7:30PM: Service for the Evening of Sukkot
Monday, October 14
10:30AM: Festival Morning Service
Friday, October 18
4:00PM: Fridays @ 4/PJ Library Sukkot Party
Monday, October 21
10:30AM: Festival Morning Service; Yizkor
7:30PM: Joyful Learning Session on Simchat Torah
8:30PM: Join us as we walk together to Simchat Torah Across Brooklyn at Grand Army Plaza

Simchat Torah Across Brooklyn
8:00PM-12:00AM: Service and Hakafot at Grand Army Plaza under the arch

Tracing Your Roots: A Beginner's Workshop

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Curious about your family history?

Genealogy Institute at the
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street (convenient from the Union Square Station on the Q, #4, #5)

In this free workshop, you‘ll learn how to get started in your family history research and discover how the Center’s resources can assist you. After the orientation, you’ll be able to search the computer databases guided and assisted by staff or take a self-guided tour of all the Center’s exhibits.

After the workshop, an optional lunch (self-paid) will be available at an excellent nearby diner.

The workshop is limited to 14 people so register now.
Registration closes October 9.

Register by emailing: info@uniontemple.org with “Tracing Your Roots” in the subject line or
Call 718-638-7600 extension 1

Fridays @ 4 and PJ Library Sukkot Party


Friday, October 18, 2019 | 4:00-5:30PM | 17 Eastern Parkway, 4th floor
Join us for PJLibrary and UT’s Tot Shabbat Sukkot party. Music and Sukkah decorating and pizza. Our Tot program is for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers—accompanied by their adult guests. Everyone joins in singing, dancing, and storytelling to welcome Shabbat. There’s plenty of challah and grape juice to go around.  For the Sukkot party please RSVP to Caryn Roman.

Out of the Shabbox

Saturday, October 19 & 26 | 9:30-11:00AM | 17 Eastern Parkway, 4th Floor
Movement, Music and Storytelling with Amanda, Rachel, Steven, and Ben. January’s theme is Trees (Tu Bishevat)!

Out of the Shabbox, a cross-cultural, interfaith, interactive and free drop-in program for children up to age 5, uses movement, music, and storytelling to explore Shabbat themes such as peace and charity. Rachel Joravsky, Jewish educator and comedian, Stephen Figurasmithmusician and early childhood educator, Ben Rubin, a multi-talented composer and instrumentalist, and Amanda Miller, a movement teacher and storyteller, lead the group in song, dance and stories about the things we value and that unite us. We start and end with snacks!

Introduction to Judaism: An Exploration for Curious Adults

7:00-9:00PM | First session: Wednesday, October 30 | Flatbush Jewish Center (Church Avenue and East 5th Street, Brooklyn)
Register now for this 20-session introduction to Jewish life, thought and practice.
The curriculum is designed to give you access to concepts, vocabulary and observances that are central to Judaism. Explore the holy and the historical, inherited texts and contemporary issues, rhythms of the calendar and of our lives in this seminar-style course.

Rabbi Sue Oren, Instructor and Coordinator.

This weekly class meets from 7:00-9:00PM in two sections:
Wednesdays at Flatbush Jewish Center (Church Avenue and East 5th Street)
Sundays at Park Slope Jewish Center (1320 8th Avenue at 14th Street)

First session for everyone:  Wednesday, Oct 30th at Flatbush Jewish Center

$425 course tuition plus $25 materials fee.

For registration & questions, contact Rabbi Sue Oren at introclass@earthlink.net


This class is co-sponsored by:
Beloved, Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, B’ShERT: Beth Shalom v’Emeth Reform Temple, Congregation Mount Sinai, East Midwood Jewish Center, Flatbush Jewish Center, Kane Street Synagogue, Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives,  Park Slope Jewish Center, Union Temple


8th Annual Getaway: Historic Greater Boston and Plimoth Plantation

Saturday & Sunday, November 16-17, 2019

On November 16, after an early morning service at Union Temple with Rabbi Kolin, our 8th Annual Getaway begins with a trip to Plimoth Plantation. Founded in 1947, Plimoth is a living history museum that recreates Pilgrim life in the original 17th century Plymouth, MA colony. The visit will start with a lunch at the Plantation’s Plentiful Café followed by a tour with Jewish educator Malka Benjamin. Many of the foundations of Pilgrim life, including Thanksgiving (Sukkot maybe?) and the study of the Hebrew Bible began with their associations with Jews in Amsterdam after they fled England.

After our tour of Plimoth we’ll check-in at the Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Dedham, MA and then the bus will take us to a dining district with numerous restaurants for dinner and then a return to the hotel.

Sunday will begin with a continental breakfast at the hotel and a 9:30AM drive to Boston’s acclaimed Museum of Fine Arts. You’ll have time to explore the nation’s 5th largest museum with over 450,000 works of art. Of particular interest is the museum’s Judaica collection highlighting three centuries of Jewish decorative arts and ritual objects.

Next we will tour Temple Israel. Our focus will be the temple’s vast array of engagement programs that have helped it become New England’s largest temple. After the temple we’ll enjoy a late lunch at Coolidge Corner/Brookline, the center of Boston’s Jewish community.

We’ll return to Union Temple around 9:30PM and Temple Beth Shalom v’ Emeth around 10:00PM.

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