Congregation Tikkun v’Or (Ithaca Reform Temple) is a vibrant congregation that strives for a warm personal bond among its members, creative experiential 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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Many TIKKUN V’OR SERVICES, MEETINGS, PROGRAMS, and CLASSES are currently hybrid in-person and online, unless otherwise listed. Join us on Zoom for Tuesday morning contemplative services and conversations. Shabbat evening or morning services and other programs are scheduled with links and/or in-person information. Check the calendar or ask to be added to our email list for information and links. We usually use the Mishkan Tefillah siddur, with the online Shabbat / Weekdays / Festivals flip book found here.
Rabbi Shifrah looks forward to connecting with congregants for rabbinic counseling, to discuss life cycle rituals, or just to get to know each other. Rabbi Shifrah’s regular office hours are from 2-6 pm on Wednesday and Thursday, and she’s available to meet with congregants at these times. Congregants can also contact the rabbi directly if they’d like to schedule an appointment either during regular hours or at another time (such as weekday evenings or Sundays). Contact email@example.com or call/text 607-229-6747. Rabbi Shifrah is generally not available on Monday and Tuesday, except in the case of an emergency.
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Join Rabbi Shifrah for poetry, playfulness, and contemplative practice to enhance your springtime journey from the liberation of Passover to the receiving of wisdom associated with Shavuot. Counting the Omer is a tradition from Judaism loaded with rich symbolism, and attached to a simple 49-day practice. Rabbi Shifrah will share brief poetic meditations and light-hearted stories, and offer tools for engaging in the practice in a meaningful way. Whether you are new to counting the Omer, or a long time practitioner, this will be a fun and engaging opportunity to learn more.
ABOUT COUNTING THE OMER The Omer represents a period in ancient days when the people would travel to the temple in Jerusalem to make offerings from their early spring harvest. Seven weeks later, they would bring an offering from their second harvest. Later, after the destruction of the temples, the counting of seven weeks became associated with the journey from the liberation of Passover to the receiving of Torah represented by Shavuot.
Each day of the Omer is referred to in kabbalistic literature (Jewish mysticism) as a gateway to Divine Presence. These gates serve as spiritual guideposts, an opportunity to re-orient oneself on the trail of life. This offers us fertile spiritual soil in which to notice qualities we may want to nurture, such as kindness, discipline, balance, endurance, awe, and connection. Its agricultural and communal origins also make the Omer an excellent opportunity for considering our relationship to each other, the Earth that sustains us, and the Source and Breath of All Life.
JLE students in Bet-Zayin (2nd-7th grade ) meet on
Sunday mornings. Students in gan
(kindergarten) and kitah alef (first grade), and their caregivers, meet
monthly on Saturdays for Family JLE.
Younger children and their families are invited to join
in Family Jam programs throughout the year.
TVO Members: Have you joined the TVO listserve yet? Listserv membership is available to Tikkun v’Or members; their spouses/partners; and teenage children with parental permission. You will receive confirmation e-mail(s) when the moderator gives you listserv membership. To join send an e-mail to: listserv-moderator@tikkunvor.