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 or Contact Us.

Israeli Dancing with Rina


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)

Shabbat Morning Study: Pirkei Avot

Sage Advuice

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. 


Singer Mollie Miller and Guitarist Jesse Miller | Fourth Friday Shabbat Program & Dinner


Friday, February 24 | 8:30PM | 3rd Floor

6:30PM: Kabbalat Shabbat | 7:30PM: Dinner ($10 per person) | 8:30PM: Program: Singer Mollie Miller, accompanied by her dad Jesse on guitar. Let us know if you are coming! $10 pp for dinner. RSVP by email, online with option to pay in advance here, or call the office: 718-638-7600 ext 1.

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Sisterhood Showing of the Documentary 13TH


Honor Black History Month and Black Lives Matter with Sisterhood of Union Temple.  View Ava DuVernay’s documentary for Netflix 13TH and discuss America’s secret shame of contemporary slavery. 13TH is an eye-opening, incendiary documentary centered on race in the United States criminal justice system. The film is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which outlawed slavery. All are welcome! Refreshments will be served.

Fridays @ 4



Friday, March 3, 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.

First Friday Family Shabbat Across America


Friday, March 3 | 6:00PM | 3rd Floor
During Shabbat Across America UT joins hundreds of synagogues in this 20th annual national Jewish event to celebrate what unifies all Jews — Shabbat! So this month’s Family Shabbat is really special. Everyone is invited… singles, couples, families — all ages. There will be snacks before Kabbalat Shabbat, as usual, but this month, to keep kosher for the event, we’ll enjoy a dairy-vegetarian Potluck Dinner after services (so no chicken stock, beef stock or gelatin either). Our schedule for the evening: 6:00PM Snacks | 6:30PM Shabbat Service and Potluck Dinner to follow. For the potluck dinner, please bring a dish that will serve 10, home-cooked or take-out. There will be a supervised playroom on the 4th floor for the children after they eat.

Out of the Shabbox


Saturday, March 4 | 9:30-11:00AM | 17 Eastern Parkway, 4th Floor

Movement and Storytelling with Amanda and Shawn. March’s theme is Opposites!
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!

Family Purimfest


Sunday, March 12 | 12:30-2:30PM | 3rd Floor
Dress up in your favorite Purim costume and enjoy this special family PURIMFEST!
With Carnival Games, Arts & Crafts & Fun for all ages. Adult costume contest | Children’s costume contest | Music by DJ Daigoro | Humor-filled Megillah reading by Rabbi Goodman | Food for purchase | Hamantaschen | Adult beverages. $5 for a wristband for unlimited games, adults play free. PURIMFEST is sponsored by: Union Temple’s Religious School, Youth Group, Brotherhood & Sisterhood.

Jewish Heritage Day


Sunday | March 19 | 12:00PM | Barclay’s Center
Join the Brooklyn Nets for Jewish Heritage Day when the Nets face off against the Dallas Mavericks. Special On-Court Fan Experiences, pregame festivities and performances. All participants that purchase a special ticket will receive an exclusive Brooklyn Nets Jewish Heritage Day Giveaway. Special tickets can be purchased HERE. For more information or to order tickets: contact Matt Hochberg at 718-942-9520 or mhochberg@brooklynnets.com


The Rabbi Dr. A. Stanley Dreyfus Memorial Lecture


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 »

SAVE THE DATE: Second Night Seder


Tuesday, April 11 | 6:00-9:00PM |  3rd Floor
SAVE THE DATE: UT’s Annual Second Seder is relaxed and participatory, traditional but innovative, and designed to keep all ages engaged. Led by Rabbi Goodman, 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.



Cabaret Concert: Janice Hall | Grand Illusions: The Music of Marlene Dietrich

Janice Hall

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.