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 The Jews of China

Friday, April 26 | 6:30PM Kabbalat Shabbat | 7:30PM Dinner and Lecture | 3rd Floor.

The Jews of China

Rabbi Mark lectures on the little-known story of the Jews of China, who settled and flourished there for at least 1,000 years.

Everyone is welcome.

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



Introduction to Judaism: An Exploration for Curious Adults

7:00-9:00PM | First session: Tuesday, April 30 | Kane Street Synagogue
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 at the Kane Street Synagogue, 236 Kane St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

$425 course tuition plus $25 materials fee.
(Early-bird discount available before April 15.)

For registration & questions, contact Rabbi Sue Oren at introclass@earthlink.net or 917-539-1334


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


Brownstone Brooklyn Yom HaShoah Commemoration

Wednesday, May 1 | 7:00-9:00PM | Kane Street Synagogue, 236 Kane Street, Brooklyn
Holocaust Remembrance Day at Kane Street Synagogue. A program of prayer, testimony, remembrance, and study to honor the lost words of European Jewry.

Teaching the Holocaust to Young Adults Today

A presentation by Werner Steger, Professor of History and the Greenspan Trust-Handel Foundation Endowed Chair in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Dutchess Community College.

Fridays @ 4


Friday, May 3 | 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.

First Friday Family Shabbat/Pajama Shabbat

Friday May 3 | 6:30PM | 3rd Floor
 6:00PM Snacks | 6:30PM Kabbalat Shabbat | Potluck dinner to follow
The UT Junior Choir will be performing during the service.

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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Out of the Shabbox

Saturday, May 4, 11 & 18 | 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!

Brooklyn Celebrates Israel - Hagiga! Communal Celebration

Sunday, May 5 | 10:30AM-1:15PM | Kane Street Synagogue, 236 Kane Street, Brooklyn

Brooklyn celebrates Israel’s remarkable diversity with a focus on the Moroccan Jewish community in Israel.

Fun for families and children of all ages with great food, art, games, dance, music, stories & more.
Noon: Live concert of Moroccan Jewish music with ASEFA
Special programming for adults:
10:30AM: Mizrachi music workshop with ASEFA
11:15AM: Moroccan Jewish cooking and food tasting with Dikla Ben Lulu
There are limited spots available for the adult programming.

Register now!

Shalom Meditation Circle

Wednesday, May 8 | 5:30-6:30PM | 17 Eastern Parkway
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 2clarity, 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.

The  sessions will be led by UT members, Registered Yoga Teacher Gail Levine-Fried, Ph.D and Faye White-Willinger, a Holistic Nurse Practioner. Gail is a retired Professor of Therapeutic Recreation at Kingsborough Community College. She currently teaches Hatha Yoga, Holistic Healthcare and Stress Management.  Faye White-Willinger is a UT member and Holistic Nurse with a background in Mindfulness Meditation.

Spring schedule: June 12 at 5:30PM


For more information call 718-638-7600 or contact the UT Office.



Israel Memorial Day Ceremony: Yom Hazikaron

Tuesday, May 7 | 7:00PM | Union Temple
Join us for the Israel Memorial Day Ceremony, a community-wide ceremony, followed by an Israeli band singing songs to  honor and remember the fallen soldiers and the victims of terror.

Free of charge and open to the public.

Brooklyn Celebrates Israel - Yom Ha'atzmaut

Wednesday, May 8 | 6:30 Snacks & Schmooze | 7:30PM Show | Park Slope Jewish Center, 1320 8th Ave, Brooklyn

Join the Nava Tehila Band from Jerusalem for an evening of delight as they invite us to connect to our roots and celebrate independence as a people and individuals. Through chanting Psalms and prayers with original melodies and guided intentions, we will travel into the landscape of holiness and joy, connect to the spirit and allow it to fill our hers and uplift our souls.

ShukFood and Drink | 6:30PM
Doors open for Concert | 7:30PM
Music begins | 8:00PM

This event is made possible through the generosity of UJA-Federation of NY and the efforts of the Brooklyn Shlichut Initiative and its partners in Brooklyn

For tickets visit: Yom Ha’atzmaut Concert

AN DIE MUSIK NYC: The Second Season: Season Finale


Sunday, May 19 | 4:00PM | Union Temple Ballroom, 3rd Floor
An die Musik NYC: A Concert Series Produced by Our Temple Musician Shinae Kim

Join us at for an afternoon of masterworks by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Schubert.

Composed in 1786, Mozart’s “Kegelstatt” Trio features the imaginative instrumental combination of clarinet, viola, and piano, a grouping that no composer before Mozart had written for.
Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet for piano, violin, viola, cello, and bass was written in 1819 and includes five distinctive movements, most notably a fourth movement variations on his lied, Die Forelle.

Performed by:

Per Björkling, double bass
Rajan Kapoor, cello
Patti Kilroy, violin
Shinae Kim, piano
Irena McGuffee, viola
HsinYi Tsai, piano
Mingzhe Wang, clariney

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  please go to andiemusiknyc.com

You may purchase tickets here or by calling 917-740-9694.