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    Tikkun v’Or at Night
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    Tashlich at Stewart Park
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    Tashlich at Stewart Park
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    Tashlich at Stewart Park
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    Bar Mitzvah
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    Simchat Torah with Rabbi Shifrah
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    Simchat Torah with Rabbi Shifrah
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    Consecration of the TVO site at Greensprings Natural Cemetery

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


Please join us for the fall holidays:

SUKKOT / KABBALAT SHABBAT (Welcoming Shabbat)  Friday, September 29

With Rabbi Shifrah and Lauren Korfine
Sukkah Decorating 6:20-6:50 pm (weather permitting)

Shabbat Sukkot Service 7-8:30 pm (inside and online)

Friday night is the start of Sukkot! Come decorate the sukkah with items from the land. Then stay to welcome Shabbat, which will include a couple of extra holiday prayers and songs. You can also just come at 7 for the service. Chag sameach!


Saturday, October 7, 10 am – 12 pm In person at TVO only

Outside, weather permitting. 

With Rabbi Shifrah 

OUR TORAH IS COMING HOME! And just in time for Simchat Torah, the holiday that is all about celebrating the Torah. You may recall that since late June, the scroll has been in the hands of a soferet stam (sacred scribe), having its worn letters re-drawn and parchment cleaned. Come celebrate the end of Sukkot and the beginning of Simchat Torah. We’ll welcome the fall morning, sing and dance, and read from the very end and the very beginning of the Torah, and rejoice in the new year of 5784! 

After the service, we’ll break bread and enjoy a dish-to-pass lunch. Please bring a veggie or dairy dish to share, and your own table settings if possible.

HIGH HOLIDAYS: As a follow up to our Isaiah Challenge, here is a list of organizations in Tompkins County that aid immigrants.

DONATIONS:While tickets and temple membership are not required to attend high holiday services, we ask that those who are able please consider making a donation to Tikkun v’Or. Click here for donation options or pay via  Paypal 


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.org 


Many 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 info@tikkunvor.org to be added to the list to get links.

In addition to High Holiday services, Rabbi Shifrah usually leads services twice a month, including the following upcoming dates:
Saturday, Sept 9, 7:30  pm Selichot

Friday, Sept 29, 7:30 pm Shabbat / Sukkot

Friday, Oct 6, 6 pm Shabbat dinner / Simchat Torah

Friday, Oct 20, 7:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat (welcoming Shabbat)

Saturday, Nov 4, 10 am Shabbat morning

Sacred scribe Julie Seltzer is currenty doing repairs to TVO’s Torah scroll. TVO and Temple Beth El jointly held special learning opportunities in June in preparation for this work.  Watch this  video of Julie doing an ELI Talk

Jewish Learning Experiences

Registration for JLE grades K-7 for the 2023-2024 school year is now available! It this is your first year registering, please contact info@tikkunvor.org 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

  1. 01 Oct
  2. 04 Oct

    JLE: Vav and Zayin

    4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

    Next dates: 11 Oct | 18 Oct | 25 Oct |
  3. 06 Oct

    No services scheduled

  4. 07 Oct
  5. 08 Oct

    No JLE

    9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Next dates: 15 Oct | 22 Oct | 29 Oct |
  6. 13 Oct

    Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming Shabbat)

    7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Next dates: 20 Oct | 27 Oct | 03 Nov |
  7. 14 Oct

    Torah Study

    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  8. 15 Oct
  9. 22 Oct
  10. 04 Nov

    Shabbat Morning

    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Land Acknowlegement

We acknowledge that Tikkun v’Or / Ithaca Reform Temple is located on the unceded ancestral territory of the Gayogo̱hó:nǫ (Gayocohono) (Cayuga) Nation and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. We recognize the painful history of Gayogo̱hó:nǫ dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó:nǫ people, past and present, to these lands and waters.

We bring forward the Jewish principles of teshuva (facing the harms and taking responsibility for the past), tikkun olam (repair) and tzedek (acting for justice). We ask ourselves how we might contribute to justice and healing for Gayogo̱hó:nǫ. We seek to understand our place in history and the responsibility to educate ourselves and our children about how to live in good relation to the earth and with our neighbors.

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