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 or Contact Us.
Wednesdays through Jun 14 | 7:00 – 10:00PM | 17 Eastern Parkway, 3rd floor
Come learn Israeli dances on Wednesday nights! All are welcome – beginners to experienced. Members $8/non-members $10.
Beginner: 7:00PM-8:00PM | All levels: 8:00PM-10:00PM. Rina Rinkewich Spielberg, M.F.A. will teach and lead us in dances from the classic oldies to some of the contemporary folk dances popular in Israel today. Rina is a dance teacher, choreographer, and has been Israeli dancing for much of her life. (Please note there will be no class on February 22rd)
Saturdays | 9:00-10:15AM | 17 Eastern Parkway, 4th Floor
Every Saturday except: February 18, March 25, and April 15
The Shabbat Morning Study Hevre gets together before most Shabbat morning services to enjoy bagels and coffee and study with Rabbi Linda Henry Goodman. This year the Hevre will study Pirkei Avot: Ethics of the Sages. This Mishnaic tractate of teachings and aphorisms is the most beloved jewel of the early Rabbinic period, encapsulating the ethos of early Rabbinic teaching. Our primary edition will be SAGE ADVICE, by Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg, published by Maggid. Rabbi Goodman will provide historical background and additional commentaries to enhance our study. Join us each Shabbat from September 2016 to May 20, 2017 for a weekly serving of Rabbinic wisdom. All are welcome to join the dialogue.
Saturday, March 25 | 6:00PM: Reception, Dinner and Havdalah 7:30PM: Lecture | 3rd Floor
Rabbi Dr. Yoel Kahn will address the topic: “Who is In and Who is Out: Identity and Censorship in Jewish Liturgy.” For thousands of years, Jews have defined themselves by who they are…and who they are not. Using prayer books and texts from across the last two millennia, this illustrated presentation explores how Jews differentiated themselves from other groups, Church efforts to censor Jewish texts, and creative literary responses which still resonate in contemporary synagogue practice. Rabbi Yoel Kahn, Ph.D., is the Rabbi of Temple Beth-El in Berkeley, California. He was ordained at HUC-JIR New York in 1985 (alongside Rabbi Goodman). He is the author of The Three Blessings: Boundaries, Censorship and Identity in Jewish Liturgy (Oxford University Press, 2011). The Rabbi Dr. A. Stanley Dreyfus Memorial Lecture is a free event, but please consider donating to the Dreyfus Fund! Read more »
Wednesday, March 29 | 7:00PM | Kane Street Synagogue (236 Kane St).
Tehila Nachalon Friedman: The Struggle for the Soul of Religious Zionism.
Tehila Nachalon Friedman is a long-time activist in the National Religious community. She is director of the Center for Jewish Leadership at Kolot, co-founder of the Yerushalmim movement, formerly Chair of the Board of Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avodah for a moderate religious Zionist voice. Read more »
Friday, March 31, 2017 |4:00-5:00PM | 17 Eastern Parkway, 4th floor
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 and grape juice to go around, too.
Saturday, April 1 | 10:30AM | 17 Eastern Parkway, 3rd Floor
At the annual Brotherhood Shabbat Service and Lunch, the men of Brotherhood will lead parts of the service, including chanting the weekly Torah portion. A delicious lunch will follow the service.
Tuesday, April 11 | 6:00-9:00PM | 3rd Floor
UT’s Annual Second Seder is relaxed and participatory, traditional but innovative, and designed to keep all ages engaged. Led by Rabbi Goodman and Student Cantor Benjamin Harris, we retell our people’s story (the Maggid) with matzoh and maror and enjoy a delicious Kosher-for-Pesach dinner with family and friends. Kosher for Passover, choice of chicken or vegetarian meals. Childcare will be available if requested. Help find the Afikoman! Price: Adults $75, children 5-12 years old $30 and Children under 5 are free. Fill out the attached form here and mail OR reserve & pay online (2.33% processing fee applies) at: Seder.Union-Temple.org. RESERVE EARLY—Deadline for reservation is March 28, 2017.
Saturday, April 22 | Doors Open: 7:00PM; Show: 7:30PM | 3rd Floor
International Chanteuse and Cabaret Performer Janice Hall presents her multiple Award-Winning show Grand Illusions: The Music of Marlene Dietrich in Union Temple of Brooklyn’s Cabaret Concert Fundraising Series. Over a stunning 90 minutes, Ms. Hall will offer her tribute to the iconic film actress and nightclub performer with critically acclaimed interpretations of Dietrich’s classic songs. “A glorious hour . . . Some of Hall’s interpretations achieve a status beyond merely wonderful; they are memorable, unique, standards against which other renditions should be compared . . .” –Bistro Awards.com. “Many performers have “done” Marlene Dietrich, but none has offered her songs more richly, more movingly and with lovelier singing than petite and elegant Janice Hall.” –Cabaret Scenes Magazine. $20 members | $25 non-members. Purchase Tickets in advance here.
Sunday, April 30 | 6:30PM | Congregation Mount Sinai, 250 Cadman Plaza West, Brooklyn
Join us for the Israel Memorial Day Ceremony, a community-wide ceremony to honor and remember the fallen soldiers. More than a dozen Jewish organizations, including Union Temple, have collaborated to celebrate Israel in events across Brooklyn. Free of charge and open to the public.