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+ folks, 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:

Spirit / Community / Justice

TVOviewView of Cayuga Lake from Congregation Tikkun v’Or


At Tikkun v’Or, we usually use the Mishkan Tefillah siddur (prayerbook), which has Hebrew, English translations, interpretations, and transliteration.  If you are joining us on Zoom, and do not have that, most of the prayers and songs we sing on Friday nights can be found here. Most of the prayers and songs we sing on Saturday mornings can be found here.


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: 


Most of the Tikkun v’Or programs 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 usually both in person and online. Contact to be added to the email list to get links.

Rabbi Shifrah Tobacman leads services about twice a month, including the following upcoming dates:

Saturday April 6
Saturday April 13 bmitzvah: Nora G
Friday, April 26
Saturday May 4
Saturday, May 18
Saturday, June 1 bmitzvah: Eli W
Saturday, June 8 bmitzvah: Aviya S
Saturday, June 19 bmitzvah: Gefen PC

Services are led by lay leaders on most other weeks.

Jewish Learning Experiences

Registration for JLE grades K-7 for the 2023-2024 school year is closed, but if you would like information,  please contact JLE students in Bet-Zayin (2nd-7th grade ) meet on Sunday mornings, with vav/zayin (6th and 7th grade) also meeting on Wednesday afternoons. Students in gan (kindergarten) and kitah alef (first grade), and their caregivers, meet monthly for Family JLE. Younger children and their families are invited to join in Family Jam programs throughout the year. The full guide to JLE for 2023-2024 is here. Tuition Assistance is available, with thanks to a grant from IAUJC.

Upcoming Events

Coming Soon at TVO

Here’s a quick look at some of the programs coming up. Some of these programs require registration or Zoom links. Check the calendar above, your TVO email, or contact for more information. 
Tuesdays 8:30-9:30 am Contemplative Service on Zoom  
Jewish Learning Experiences (JLE) meets on Sundays  and Wednesdays,

Saturday April 6, 10 am – 12 pm    Shabbat morning with Rabbi Shifrah Tobacman. Celebrate the Bat Mitzvah of Izzy Fitzgerald and the Brit Chochma (Covenant of Wisdom) of Joan Abrams.

Wednesday, April 17, 7 pm (note new date): JACOB, JOSEPH, AND THE IDEA OF ‘ISRAEL’ IN THE TORAH: TEXT STUDY AND DISCUSSION with CORNELL PROFESSOR LAUREN MONROE In our session together, we will consider the questions: who was Joseph? To whom did he matter and why? How and why did his story take shape in the hands of Israel’s scribes? How does the evolution of the Joseph story and its ultimate inclusion in the Torah bring into view changes in what it meant to be “Israel” over the approximately thousand year period in which the TaNaKh or Jewish Bible was taking shape? How might this biblical fluidity help to shape conceptions  in the present? RSVP so we can send you some optional readings ahead of time. Please come even if you don’t RSVP!

Thursday April 18, 6-8 pm Interfaith Community Dinner at TVO. In addition to our regular community dinner, this month we will hear a little about the upcoming holiday of Passover, and the 49-day practice called Counting of the Omer.
Please bring a labeled vegetarian dish-to-pass and an open heart to meet new friends. No time to cook? Please be our guest! Event page

Tuesday April 23, 6-8 pm Tikkun v’Or Community Seder Registration required.

TvO’s Second Annual Production of LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!
Don’t miss this year’s hilarious and poignant evening of storytelling about the many aspects of motherhood. This year’s performers will include Yvonne Fisher, Kenneth McLaurin, Marina Gershon, Sue Perlgut, Ian Shapiro, Fran Markover, Barbara Lang, Alina Kim, Melanie Conroy-Goldman,  Melanie Lefkowitz, Dr Nia Nunn, and Eric Maroney.

Advance tickets and zoom tickets can be purchased for $20.
Tickets at the door will cost $30. Purchase tickets here
Proceeds will be shared between TvO and Ithaca Welcomes Refugees.

TVO Enrichment Programs Group

The mission of the Enrichment Programs Group (EPG) is to develop and effectively oversee the implementation of engaging educational, cultural, social and community-building programming at TvO. We coordinate with other committees, as appropriate, to ensure a range of programs that support the interests of current members and that target prospective members 
Upcoming programs include:
*Why Study Torah? with Rabbi Lenore on Saturday January 27, 3 to 5 pm at TvO and streaming on Zoom
*Preparing Ourselves for the Risks of Floods in Tompkins County with Regi Teasley on Sunday, March 17 from 2-4
*The Story of Joseph with Lauren Monroe, in mid-April
*Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Judaism … and Can Now Ask with a panel answering questions generated by members; in May. 

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