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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.

TVOviewView of Cayuga Lake from Congregation Tikkun v’Or

Our core values are best expressed by three words:

Spirit / Community / Justice

Rabbi Shahar’s Rosh Hashanah morning sermon can be found here.  The Yom Kippur sermon is here.

Read/listen to some of the work Rabbi Shahar mentioned on Sunday evening:
Podcasts hosted by Chana Joffe-Walt (yes, Rabbi Brian’s daughter):
The Breathe Act  https://breatheact.org/
The quote mentioned by Denice, by poet and author Sonya Renee Taylor:
We are pleased to announce that our youth education program,
formerly called “Religious School” is now called 
We hope that you and your children find our programs to be creative,
fun, hands-on opportunities for Jewish learning and living. 
You can call us “JeLE” or “jelly” if you want! Jam with us!
Visit our virtual office and library, and explore these holiday rooms. Click on any object for stories, songs, videos, recipes, crafts, and more.


Congregation Tikkun v’Or is a member of the Ithaca Sanctuary Alliance.  This September, 2020 we are launching a “30 Poems in 30 Days” fundraiser to benefit the ongoing needs of the Sanctuary Ministry at the First Congregational Church as it supports the Central American family currently in residence with them, who are seeking protection and safety in the US. 
We are asking all poets anywhere in the world, (both rookie and established) who appreciate the extra motivation to write every day–while supporting the needs of an immigrant family–to email all of their friends, family members and fans, asking them to donate 50 cents, one dollar, or more for each of the 30 poems the participating poet promises to write everyday in September! Contribute at the GoFundMe page and read the poetry blog.


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 continuing community conversations. In the meantime, here are a few things we can do today, from our own homes, to protest racial injustice.


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 online. Join us for Tuesday morning services and conversations, and Shabbat evening or morning services, including candle lighting, singing, meditation, and Torah study.

Check the calendar or ask to be added to our email list for times and links.

Upcoming Events

  1. Sun 25

    Jewish Learning Experiences (JLE)

    Oct 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  2. Wed 28

    Jewish Learning Experiences

    For registered students in kitah vav/zayin
    Oct 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  3. Fri 30

    Kabbalat Shabbat

    Welcome Shabbat online. Contact info@tikkunvor.org for
    Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  4. Sun 01

    Jewish Learning Experiences (JLE)

    Nov 01 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  5. Tue 03

    Building Use for Elections

    Lansing Board of Elections will be
  6. Wed 04

    Jewish Learning Experiences

    For registered students in kitah vav/zayin
    Nov 04 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  7. Fri 06

    Kabbalat Shabbat

    Led by Michael Margolin and the
    Nov 06 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  8. Sun 08

    Jewish Learning Experiences (JLE)

    Nov 08 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  9. Wed 11

    No classes

    For registered students in kitah vav/zayin
    Nov 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  10. Fri 13

    Kabbalat Shabbat

    Led by Miranda Phillips
    Nov 13 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm