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.

Israeli Dancing with Rina

Wednesdays through June 14 | 7:00 – 10:00PM | 3rd floor
Learn Israeli dances on Wednesday nights!  May dates: May 3, 17, 25 (Thurs) & 31
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.

Shabbat Morning Study: Pirkei Avot

Saturdays | 9:00-10:15AM | 4th Floor
Every Saturday except: April 8

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. 

Introduction to Judaism: An Exploration for Curious Adults

Tuesdays | 7:30-9:30PM | First session: April 25 | Brooklyn Heights Synagogue (131 Remsen St, 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 on Tuesdays from 7:30-9:30PM at Brooklyn Heights Synagogue (131 Remsen St, Brooklyn). First session: April 25, $400 course tuition plus $25 materials fee. For registration & questions, contact Rabbi Sue Oren at introclass@earthlink.net or 917.539.1334
This class is co-sponsored by:Union Temple, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, Congregation Mount Sinai, East Midwood Jewish Center, Kane Street Synagogue, Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives, Park Slope Jewish Center, Progressive Temple Beth Ahavath Sholom, Temple Beth Emeth v’Ohr Progressive Shaarei Zedek. 

 

Fridays @ 4

 

Friday, April 28| 4:00-5:00PM | 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.

Israel Memorial Day Ceremony: Yom Hazikaron

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.

Brooklyn Celebrates Israel- Idan Raichel in Concert

Monday, May 1 | 7:45PM | Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place, Brooklyn
Come & Join our community in Idan Raichel’s Concert as part of Brooklyn Celebrates Israel. Events Producer, keyboardist, and composer Idan Raichel has become a global music icon since the unveiling of The Idan Raichel Project, a multi-ethnic tour de force that changed the face of Israeli popular music. The Project enchants audiences with entrancing fusions sung in HebrewArabic and the Ethiopian languages of Amharic and Tigrit. Their latest album, Quarter To Six, has garnered international praise for its depth and scope. Raichel has collaborated with over 95 celebrated artists from around the globe including American neo-soul diva India.ArieMayra Andrade from Cape Verde, Marta Gomez from Colombia, Ana Moura from Portugal, German counter-tenor Andreas SchollVieux Farka Touré from Mali and many more. Over the past decade The Idan Raichel Project has become the soundtrack of contemporary Israel. For discounted tickets for Union Temple members use promo code: IRS9  Buy tickets here.

Fridays @ 4

 

Friday, May 5| 4:00-5:00PM | 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.

First Friday Family Shabbat

Friday, May 5| 6:00PM | 3rd Floor
6:00PM Snacks | 6:30PM Kabbalat Shabbat | Potluck dinner to follow. A lively service for children of all ages and their families, followed by a festive potluck dinner. There will be snacks before the service; after dinner there will be supervised play for children and time to schmooze for the adults. Bring a main course, salad, side dish or dessert for 10 people: home-cooked or take-out is fine.  RSVP to Religious School or 718-638-7600 ext. 4.

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Out of the Shabbox

Saturday, May 6 | 9:30-11:00AM | 4th Floor

Music and Storytelling with Ben and Shawn.  May’s theme is Community
Out of the Shabbox, a cross-cultural, interfaith, interactive and free drop-in program for toddlers up to age 5, uses movement, music, and storytelling to explore Shabbat themes such as peace and charity. Julie Gayer Kris, Artistic Director of Avodah DanceShawn Shafner, a Storahtelling Artist-in-Residence, 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!

Brooklyn Celebrates Israel - Yom Israel

Sunday, May 7 | 10:00AM – 1:00PM | Park Slope Jewish Center, 1320 8th Ave, Brooklyn

An Israel Festival for the whole family. 10:00AM-1:00PM. Join us for an interactive “tour of Israel”. Take a flight to Israel, make art in Tzfat, get spa treatments at the Dead Sea, visit a Beduin Tent, and MUCH more! 10:30AM-11:15AM Join MusicTalks and our youngest travelers for a fun-filled musical journey and Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration with the delightful PJ Library book “Ella’s trip to Israel”. 12:15PM-1:00PM Rikudei Am–Israeli folk dancing with Rina and our shinshinim. The Taim Food Truck and Schnitzi Food Truck will be available throughout the day. This event is part of IsraelBKLYN, a collaboration of more than a dozen Jewish organizations, including Union Temple, to celebrate the 69th anniversary of Israel’s independence. Free of charge and open to the public.

Shaharit Institute’s Lecture Series on Israeli Diversity and Politics

Wednesday Evenings, 7:00PM | May 10 & 25  | Various Venues
Out Of Many Voices, A Common Future A 5-Part Conversation in Brownstone Brooklyn

Wednesday, May 10 | 7:00PM | Union Temple (17 Eastern Parkway)
Menachem Bombach: From Isolationism to Integration: new developments in the Israeli Haredi community that just might change Israeli society as we know it.
Menachem Bombach is a senior staff member at the Mandel School for Educational Leadership. He founded a preparatory program for Haredi students at the Hebrew University. Currently, he leads the Berdichev Hassidic community in Beitar Illit and is the head and founder of a Hassidic yeshiva for young men offering both Jewish and secular studies.
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Shalom Meditation Circle

Wednesday, May 10 | 5:30-6:30PM | 17 Eastern Parkway, 4th Floor
Drawing upon Jewish spiritual traditions and incorporating the tools of breathwork, visualization, mindfulness, sound vibration and toning, progressive relaxation, as well as singing and chanting (in Hebrew and English), you will learn how to dissolve “mental clutter” and achieve greater clarity, balance emotions and feel calmer and more centered. Connect more deeply with your Nefesh (Soul). No previous meditation experience is required. All are welcome and there is no fee. Please arrive on time and wear comfortable clothing. Sessions are led by UT member and Registered Yoga Teacher Gail Levine-Fried, a Ph.D in Therapeutic Recreation and retired Professor of same at Kingsborough Community College. She currently teaches Hatha Yoga, Holistic Healthcare and Stress Management. For more information call 718-638-7600 or contact the UT Office.

Out of the Shabbox

Saturday, May 20 (Last one!) | 9:30-11:00AM | 4th Floor

Final session of the year with Music, Movement and Storytelling with Amanda, Ben and Shawn.  May’s theme is Community
Out of the Shabbox, a cross-cultural, interfaith, interactive and free drop-in program for toddlers up to age 5, uses movement, music, and storytelling to explore Shabbat themes such as peace and charity. Julie Gayer Kris, Artistic Director of Avodah DanceShawn Shafner, a Storahtelling Artist-in-Residence, 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!

It's Time For Shabbat

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Saturday, May 20 (Last one!), 2017 | 11:30AM-1:00PM | 4th floor
A welcoming circle time with song opens the morning for 4-6 year olds. Shawn Shafer, one of our Out of the Shabbox leaders, shows the children how to light the Shabbat candles, to make motzi, to say kiddush and leads the children to feel the peace and joy of Shabbat.
The rituals and blessing of Hanukkah, Passover, Purim and other holiday are the focus when they are approaching. An art project, like making challah covers or creating a personal family blessing, follows and parents are welcome to join in. After that, everyone enjoys a delicious Shabbat pizza lunch. It’s a wonderful way introduce your child to Jewish home rituals and to connect with other families. This PJ Library program is funded by a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and is free for all.