High Holidays

All are welcome at Congregation Tikkun V’Or’s Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.

The 2020/5781 high holiday programs were held online, led by Rabbi Shahar Colt. The Guide for 5781 is here. The TVO 5781 high holiday machzor (prayerbook) is available here.

Please also know that we depend on High Holiday donations to pay for our expenses.  We ask that you contribute if you are comfortably able.


On Friday, August 21, 2020, Rabbi Lenore Bohm led us in exploring themes in the week’s Torah portion, Shoftim, as spiritual preparation for the holidays. She shared with us these questions.

Sermons from Rabbi Brian Walt:
White and Jewish” Rosh Hashanah  September 2019 / 5780
“Havaya (Being) and Rachamim (Compassion): Living with What Is” Kol Nidre, October 2019 / 5780
Treasured People (Am Segula)/Beloved Community Yom Kippur, October 2019 / 5780
Spirit, Justice, and Ethnicity” Yom Kippur sermon September 2018 / 5779
Among the Mourners of Zion and Jerusalem” Yom Kippur evening sermon, September 2018 / 5779
Hesed v’Emet (Love&Truth)” Rosh Hashanah evening sermon, September 2018/5779
“Lift Up Your Voice Like a Shofar” Rosh Hashanah sermon September 2018 / 5779 
“On Antisemitism and Solidarity”  Yom Kippur Sermon September 2017 / 5778   
Where Have You Come From? Where Are You Going?  Rosh Hashanah Sermon  2009 / 5770

A highlight of our Yom Kippur services has been the Isaiah Challenge, a lecture by a social justice leader who is devoting their life to justice. In the prophetic portion (haftarah) that is read on Yom Kippur, Isaiah calls on us to make our fast a fast for justice: “to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and let the oppressed go free.”
Isaiah Challenge speakers:
*2020/5781:  Amplifying Kirby Edmond’s Legacy: Kirby Edmonds, a local champion of social justice, passed away on August 22, 2020.  To quote his obituary:  “Kirby was a mighty river that flowed through our community and far beyond, watering the positive seeds of possibility.” Laura Branca, Kristian Davis Bailey, Taili Mugambee, Elan Shapiro, and Roberta Wallit shared how profoundly Kirby touched their lives and how we can continue his vision.
*2019/5780: The response of faith communities to the moral crisis in the United States: A conversation with local Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious leaders. 
Reverend David Kaden, Senior Minister, First Congregational Church of Ithaca
Mahmud Burton, President, Al-Huda Islamic Center; Co-founder, Islamic Community Outreach Services
Reverend Debbie Bennett Reynolds, Pastor, First Baptist Church
Rabbi Brian Walt, Congregation Tikkun v’Or, moderator
*2018/5779 Dr. Nia Michelle Nunn, Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at Ithaca College and Board of Directors President of Southside Community Center.
* 2017 / 5778 Onondaga Nation leaders Simone Thornton and Wendy Gonyea and students of the Onondaga Nation School
* 2016 / 5777 Adam Ellick, Senior International Video Correspondent for The New York Times.
* 2015 / 5776 Dara Silverman, national coordinator for Showing Up for Racial Justice 
* 2014 / 5775 Dr. Paula Ioanide, assistant professor in the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity at Ithaca College
* 2013 / 5774 Marcia Fort, former executive director of the Greater Ithaca Activities Center
* 2012 / 5773 Cal Walker, co-founder and former executive director of the Village at Ithaca
Our community Break-the-Fast is always a special event.
We welcome children (and their caregivers) to services at Tikkun v’Or!
Children learn about Jewish community and worship services by participating. At Tikkun v’Or, we believe it is the joy, privilege, and responsibility of every person in our community to guide and nurture our children. Please join us in teaching our children our community’s values.
More information for families with young children is available here.