High Holidays

All are welcome at Congregation Tikkun V’Or’s Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. Membership and tickets are never required. However, we are requiring registration for all services. For COVID safety, attendance will be capped at 75 folks per service. Contact us at info@tikkunvor.org if you would like to attend in person. Zoom links will be available the week before services. Again, contact  info@tikkunvor.org for the information.

Unless things take a significant turn with COVID, we expect services will be both in-person and simultaneously online. We ask that anyone attending in person please be masked and vaccinated. 

Our 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.

The High Holidays Guide can be found here.

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

Our High Holiday theme is – Tshuvah, Repair and Resilience – with related talks woven throughout.

*High Holiday services will led by our Rabbi Shifrah Tobacman, along with other leaders in our community and guest leader, Rabbi Lenore Bohm.
*Evening services will be led by Rabbi Shifrah. These will feature sermons by the Rabbi, and also “Jewish Journey” talks by congregants. 
*Morning service leadership will be collaborative:
– RH morning will be led by R. Lenore Bohm, with R. Shifrah, Miranda Phillips and Azameira (our singing group). The Torah service will be led by R. Lenore and R. Shifrah.  And R. Shifrah will lead the concluding prayers.
– Yom Kippur morning will be led by Michael Margolin, with R. Shifrah, Miranda Phillips and Azameira.
– Both morning services will feature congregant sermons.

The Isaiah Challenge speaker this year is Dr. Luis Aguirre-Torres, Director of Sustainability for the City of Ithaca. Dr. Aguirre-Torres is in charge of the design and implementation of the City’s decarbonization and climate justice strategies. He is also co-chair of the NY State Climate Impact Assessment, Society and Economy Technical Working Group. Prior to joining the City of Ithaca, he was the President and CEO of GreenMomentum, a think tank specialized in climate change legislation, as well as renewable energy deployment and financing. In 2012 and 2016 he was recognized by the White House for his work promoting climate justice in Latin America.

Sunday, September 25
6:45 pm Rosh Hashanah evening, led by Rabbi Shifrah Tobacman

Monday, September 26 Rosh Hashanah
9-11:30 am Rosh Hashanah morning, with Rabbi Lenore Bohm
12-2 pm  Community picnic and Tashlich  (at Stewart Park)

Tuesday, October 4 
6:45 pm  Kol Nidre, led by Rabbi Shifrah Tobacman

Wednesday, October 5  Yom Kippur
9 am -12 pm   Yom Kippur morning service, with Michael Margolin
1-1:30 pm Yoga with Beth Cohen (online only)
1:45-2:15 pm Meditation with Ira Kamp (online only)
2:30-4:15 pm Isaiah Challenge discussion with a local activist
4:30-5:15 pm Avodah service with Jeff Bercuvitz
5:30-6:15 pm Yizkor, led by Rabbi Shifrah
6:15-7:15 pm Neilah and Havdalah, led by Rabbi Shifrah

Youth Services: For registered youth ages 7-18 and their families in person at TvO; due to space constraints, all others wishing to attend are welcome to join us online.
Sunday, September 25, 9:30-11 am Rosh HaShanah Youth-led Service
Wednesday Oct. 5, 1-2 pm Yom Kippur Youth Service 

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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.”
Previous Isaiah Challenge speakers:
2021/5781  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
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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.
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