Congregation Tikkun v’Or (Ithaca Reform Temple) is a vibrant congregation that strives for a warm personal bond among its members, quality education for the children, and a dynamic program for adults. We welcome those from diverse backgrounds, interfaith families, LGBTQ families, people who are newly discovering Jewish connections, as well as those with a wide range of Jewish experiences.
Our core values are best expressed by three words:
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View of Cayuga Lake from Congregation Tikkun v’Or
The Board at Tikkun v’Or joins with the voices of the local and national groups that are outraged by the endless killing of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) in our country, most recently the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. We can never tolerate this injustice, nor can we stand in silence while our elected officials and law enforcement support White Supremacy.
Tikkun v’Or’s commitment to Spirit, Community, and Justice compels us to ask each person in our community to act in some way that voices our resistance to the status quo.
We will be having a community conversation in the near future. In the meantime, here are a few things we can do today, from our own homes, to protest racial injustice:
- Support these local organizations Multicultural Resource Center, and the Ithaca Chapters of SURJ and Black Lives Matter in Ithaca.
- Visit the webpage of Bend the Arc, a movement for progressive Jews for racial justice. You can donate or participate in protests virtually by signing petitions and acting on social media.
- Visit the national Black Lives Matter
- Find advocacy steps on the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism webpage.
- Learn about Campaign Zero, an organization dedicated to research and policy change around police violence toward African Americans.
- Sign up for the Poor People’s Campaign’s Digital March on Washington, scheduled for June 20.
- Donate to Act Blue, where you can split a donation between 40 community bail funds.
- REGISTER TO VOTE by absentee ballot. Make sure your voice is heard!
- Watch Trevor Noah reflect on racism in America.
- Listen to Jews across gender, ethnic and cultural spectrums tell their stories.
- Talk to your kids about being anti-racist. Here is a list of books to help support this conversation.
- Some of those books are hard to find, now, but you can find read alouds of some on youtube
- Support local businesses owned by BIPOC
Our sages taught (Berachot 32b) that we are obligated to protect our health as it says, “take care and guard your life (nefesh)” (Deuteronomy 4:9)
ALL TIKKUN V’OR SERVICES, MEETINGS, PROGRAMS, and CLASSES are now taking place on-line. Join us for Tuesday morning services and conversations, and Shabbat evening or morning services, including candle lighting, singing, meditation, and Torah study.
WE WILL CONTINUE TO UPDATE THE COMMUNITY AS ADDITIONAL PLANS ARE CONFIRMED!