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.

Fourth Friday Shabbat Dinner & Lecture: Is Judaism Still Relevant? Is Religion?

Friday, February 22 | 6:30PM Kabbalat Shabbat | 7:30PM Dinner, Lecture and Q & A | 3rd Floor.

With all of the real challenges facing the world—climate change, the concentration of wealth, authoritarianism, bio-and info-technology, water and food scarcity, the plight of refugees, misogyny, racism, homophobia and more—is Judaism still relevant? Is religion? Cannot the case be made that religion is part of the problem? Alternatively, could it be part of the solution? Please join us for a talk and discussion, based on the recent writings of Doug Rushkoff, Yuval Harari, and Elaine Pagels. During this year of transition at Union Temple, an especially relevant discussion for us to be having. I hope you’ll join us! – Rabbi Mark Sameth

Everyone is welcome.

$10 per person
Register and pay here, or call the office: 718-638-7600 ext 1.



First Friday Family Shabbat/Pajama Shabbat

Friday, March 1 | 6:30PM | 3rd Floor
 6:00PM Snacks | 6:30PM Kabbalat Shabbat | Potluck dinner to follow

Welcome to our new year of First Friday Family Shabbat/Pajama Shabbat

A lively service for children of all ages and their families, followed by a festive potluck dinner. Children under 5 are invited to come dressed in their pajamas. The service ends at 7:15PM—early enough to take the youngest home to bed. But everyone who can is welcome to stay for dinner, followed by supervised play for children and time to schmooze for the adults. Bring a main course, salad, side dish or dessert for 10 people. All food is welcome (no nuts; home-cooked or take-out is fine). RSVP to Religious School or 718-638-7600 ext. 4.

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Fridays @ 4


Fridays, March 1 & 8 | 4:00-5:00PM 
Led by popular guitarist and singer Ora Fruchter, our Tot Shabbat is for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers—accompanied by an adult.

Everyone joins in singing, dancing, and storytelling to welcome Shabbat. There’s plenty of challah, fruit, and grape juice to go around, too.

Out of the Shabbox

Saturday, March 2 & 9 | 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 Gigurasmithmusician 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!

Special Program: The Number on Great-Grandpa's Arm

Sunday March 3 | 11:00AM-12:30PM
For Adults
Union Temple

17 Eastern Parkway

On Sunday, March 3rd,  the Museum of Jewish Heritage is holding a special program at Union Temple with a showing of the HBO documentary The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm. This film features a conversation between a 10-year old boy, Elliot, and his 90-year-old great-grandfather—a survivor of Auschwitz.

We will have a Q & A session after the showing. Elliot, the 10-year-old boy in the film will be here to answer questions. If you are interested in participating, please email Mindy Sherry, Director of Youth and Family Engagement at educator@uniontemple.org by Thursday, February 28.

There is no fee for the program.

The program is sponsored by Adult Education, Brotherhood, Religious School, and Sisterhood.

PJ Library Pajama Party

Sunday, March 3 | 4:00-5:30PM | 17 Eastern Parkway | 4th Floor
Dress your kids in their pj’s and join us for a PJ Library Pajama Party.  We’ll have family yoga with April Cantor; a bedtime story; and pizza, milk and cookies! Best for kids up to age 5 accompanied by an adult. Please RSVP to educator@uniontemple.org with the number of adults and children attending. 

AN DIE MUSIK NYC: The Second Season


Sunday, March 3 | 4:00PM | Union Temple Ballroom, 3rd Floor
An die Musik NYC: A Concert Series Produced by Our Temple Musician Shinae Kim

Join us at 4 PM on Sunday, March 3rd for an afternoon of works by composers Franz Schubert, Friedrich Kücken, Alban Berg, and Diogenes Rivas.

Returning pianist Manuel Laufer will be featured in this performance alongside clarinetist Catherine Wood and vocalist Dorothea Hayley.

An die Musik NYC presents internationally renowned performers alongside rising talents from NYC, bringing high-quality affordable classical music to our community.


Dr. Shinae Kim began studying piano in South Korea, where she gave her first performance at age seven and debuted with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra at age 11. She moved to the U.S. to study at the Idyllwild Arts Academy. She went on to receive a B.A. in Music from The Boston Conservatory, an M.A. in Music Education from New York University Steinhardt, and a D.M.A. from SUNY Stony Brook. She has taught at LaGuardia High School and Robert F. Wagner Jr. Secondary School, and is an adjunct faculty member at Hebrew Union College and New York University. As Temple Musician at Union Temple she is an accompanist at services and leads the adult choir.


For more information and to purchase individual tickets please go to andiemusiknyc.com

Family Purimfest

Sunday, March 24 | 12:30-2:30PM 
Dress up in your favorite Purim costume and enjoy this special family PURIMFEST!

Fun for all ages!
Games & prizes for kids of all ages including Pie In Your Face & Haman’s Bad Day | Mishloach Manot making | Adult costume contest | Children’s costume contest | Megillah reading with surprise guest musicians & congregants| Food for purchase | homemade Hamantaschen contest | Adult beveragess

$7 for a kid’s wristband for unlimited games, adults play free.

For more information contact Mindy Sherry.

PURIMFEST is sponsored by: Union Temple’s Religious School, Youth Group, Brotherhood & Sisterhood.