High Holidays

All are welcome at Congregation Tikkun V’Or’s Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. Membership is never required. For capacity and security reasons, we are requiring registration for all high holiday services. Attendance will be capped at 100 people per service.  Contact HighHolidays@tikkunvor.org for registration information.

The High Holidays Guide 5784 is here.

Our High Holiday machzor (prayerbook) is available here.

The Rosh Hashanah supplement is here

We never charge for attendance at services at Tikkun v’Or. Please know that we depend on High Holiday donations to pay for our expenses. We ask that you contribute if you are comfortably able.

Unless otherwise marked, all events are at our synagogue: 2550 N. Triphammer Rd., Lansing NY. 

The Tikkun v’Or  theme for High Holidays this year is Paneem el Paneem (Face to Face) — with ourselves, each other and the larger world. Related talks will be woven throughout, including topics like welcoming the stranger and facing the many individual and collective challenges of our times.
Evening services will be led by Rabbi Shifrah Tobacman, Lauren Korfine and Azameira (our singing group). These services will feature sermons by the Rabbi, and also “Jewish Journey” talks by congregants Jen Savran-Kelly (Rosh HaShanah) and Eric Maroney (Kol Nidre). 
Rosh Hashanah morning prayers will be led by congregant Rabbi Lenore Bohm, Rabbi Shifrah, Miranda Phillips and Azameira.  A congregant sermon will be offered by Doug Stayman.
Yom Kippur morning prayers will be led by Michael Margolin, and Rabbi Shifrah, Miranda Phillips and Azameira. A congregant sermon will be offered by Carol Shama

Rosh Hashanah Evening: Friday, September 15, 6:30-8:45 pm
Rosh Hashanah: Saturday, September 16, 9 am – 12 pm
Rosh Hashanah (second day): Sunday, September 17 This second day of Rosh Hashanah features a Youth Service from 10 am – 12 pm, especially by and for children in grades K-7 and their families. Coordinated by Miranda Phillips with support from the other teachers of the Jewish Learning Experiences program.
The Youth Service will be followed by a community picnic and tashlich.

Sunday, September 24, 6:30-8:45 pm
Monday, September 25, 9 am – 12 pm and then additional services throughout the day:
12:15-1:00 p.m           Yoga with Beth Cohen
1:15-2:15 p.m.            Youth Program for children in K- grade 5, including a Yom Kippur Scavenger Hunt, holiday songs, and shofar blowing
1:30-2:00 p.m.            Meditation with Ira Kamp (zoom only)
2:30-4:00 p.m.            Isaiah Challenge: Casey Verderosa
4:15-5:15 p.m.             Avodah Service with Jeff Bercuvitz
5:30-6:15 p.m.            Yizkor
6:15-7:15 p.m.           Neilah/Havdalah/Shofar

Unfortunately we will not have childcare at any of the services; we simply do not have space to offer this. However – children are always welcome, can bring along quiet toys or books, and can come in and out of services as needed. 

Youth services are open to all (Sunday, September 17, 10 am – 12 pm, followed by the community picnic and tashlich) and a youth program (Monday, September 25, 1:15-2:15 pm). Just register for these along with other services.

A highlight of our Yom Kippur services is 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.” The 2023 / 5784 Isaiah Challenge speaker is Casey Verderosa, Executive Director of Ithaca Welcomes Refugees.                    
Previous Isaiah Challenge speakers:
2022/5783:  Dr. Luis Aguirre-Torres, Director of Sustainability for the City of Ithaca and co-chair of the NY State Climate Impact Assessment, Society and Economy Technical Working Group. 
2021/5782  Christa Núñez , founder and director at The Learning Farm. and its non-profit sister organization Khuba International. 
*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
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.
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