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November 6, 2009

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November 6, 2009

Town and Village is a really special place. Rabbi Sebert is absolutely fabulous; he's an incredible teacher and a generous soul. The leadership and community is warm and welcoming. This is a fabulous shul!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The community. Rabbi Sebert and Cantor Postman are so welcoming, and the community is so generous.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 1, 2009

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November 1, 2009

Town and Village Synagogue is the only conservative synagogue south of 42nd street. Its down-to-earth membership is welcoming and, for those interested in getting involved in synagogue life, the opportunities are plentiful. A recent project, T&V Together, is striving to reach out to the membership to build connections beyond the core of active members. If you are interested in working to improve community and finding a spiritual home, Town and Village is a place for you.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build the renovation it so desperately needs to house all its many programs and hire a much needed executive director

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 1, 2009

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November 1, 2009

Since we moved to NYC we have not been able to truly feel connected and a sense of belonging to a synagogue. This High Holiday season at Town and Village Synagogue was definitely an exception. Very meaningful. Orly

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

welcoming 'strangers' and making them feel good.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Services were meaningful.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

awesome.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do more outreach.

Ways to make it better...

If I agreed to participate and help in services.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 31, 2009

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October 31, 2009

We joined T&V about 15 years ago after "trying out" 2 other synagogues for Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur. We came in the morning and never left to visit one more shul. The warmth, caring and feeling of community were and continue to be so very strong.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The feeling of community and caring

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

This is a warm and spiritual shul. I started going because I needed a weekend activity for my two young toddlers during the cold weather months. Both of my children grew up there - and have a strong Jewish foundation. My husband truly enjoyed studying with Rabbi Sebert under the auspices of the Melton Workshop, and torah with Hugh Pollack. I regularly pop into the kitchen during Shabbat, roll up my sleeves and start cooking. When I was experiencing some profoundly troubling personal issues, during a Tzedakah (forgiveness workshop) Rabbi Sebert reassuringly, and sensibly affirmed what I felt from within. We have hosted and have been the recipients of holiday meals. Town and Village Syngagogue has been a wonderful anchor for our family.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being there for me in times of joy and sorrow.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Growing spiritually as a Jew, and connecting with wonderfully diverse people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Be the 'go-to' place for downtown Jewish life in Manhattan.

Ways to make it better...

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

I am a JBFCS social work consultant to Town and Village Synagogue. I have been at Town and Village one day a week for the past year. I help when congregants, children and adults hit a bump in the road. What has amazed me is the way this community shows up for each other in tough times and for simchas. They go and do for each other. This mitzvah has filtered down to their children who, with some guidance, have been able to use the frame of Jewish tradition to help each other through tough times. This happens because the practice of Judaism, in our the best understanding of "practice" word is alive and well in this community. Oh, one more thing...the members run the place

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

thoughtful, committed, spiritual and non-judgement. Yes, it's true.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Hire more staff to assist with the organizational work and renovate their building

Ways to make it better...

There was more office space and computer/phone lines

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

I am a fairly new member of this congregation. What propelled my membership is the Israel Action committee - which invited me to join even before I had paid dues - and its excellent chair; the welcom... more

October 30, 2009

I am a fairly new member of this congregation. What propelled my membership is the Israel Action committee - which invited me to join even before I had paid dues - and its excellent chair; the welcoming Rabbi; and the many friendly long time members who warmly welcomed me and extended friendship.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

welcoming, competent, and informative.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 30, 2009

I am a fairly new member of this congregation. What propelled my membership is the Israel Action committee - which invited me to join even before I had paid dues - and its excellent chair; the welcoming Rabbi, and the many friendly long time members who warmly welcomed me and extended friendship.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

welcoming, competent, and informative.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

I "married into" the synagogue about 30 years ago, and now the synagogue is really part of my family. I recently celebrated a Bat Mitzvah at T&V - chanting Torah (I learned at T&V), Haftorah (taught by our wonderful Cantor) and delivered a D'var Torah (not my first at T&V). T&V is truly a place of learning, sharing and caring. My good friend, a 92 year old elder stateswoman of the congregation, states that T&V is her lifeline . Another senior member said that she could not have survived without T&V when she broke her ankle. Last year an 8th grader's mom died. Her Hebrew class formed a minyan for her and the class parents provided meals for the family when needed. My family celebrates its simchas at T&V : Bar and Bat Mitzvah, Baby naming, anniversary and even a Kiddush in honor of my husband's election. T&V is unique in so many wonderful ways: we have a full, free community service for the high holidays; members assist with a service at a local nursing home run by a Rabbi who is a lay member at T&V. I've met new and fun people when we were paired off on a Thanksgiving God's Love We Deliver project. We run and staff the community's weekly Shabbat service for hospitalized Jewish veterans at the local VA hospital. Our Bikur Choilm visits the local hospitals to bring cheer, and our Shofar blowers visit our home-bound members on Rosh Hashanah to bring the mitzvah of hearing the Shofar to them. The list goes on and on. TandV and its clergy provides the best in what we consider "uniquely Jewish menschlichkeit". All of which is done on a shoe-string budget, with volunteers, little paid staff and much love. The opportunities to give and to grow in a more compassionate, Jewish, way is available to all.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning and preparing for an adult Bat Mizvah - ian an egalitarian environment.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The friends I've made, and the experience to interact personally, in a very positive way with the clergy.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly and helpful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

improve its physical plant, hire more staff, and bring positive, caring Jewish experiences (and learning) to more people in lower Manhattan

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

T & V is a most warm and welcoming place. As a place of Jewish observance, it couples a great spiritual tradition with highly egalitarian and participatory services. As a place of Jewish community, it offers compelling opportunities for learning, tzedakah (charity), and social action. It felt like home to me and my family from the first time we stepped in the door.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

. . . establishing a monthly service and dinner for the largely unaffiliated young Jewish community that seeks a greater spiritual connection.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

. . . find the funds to hire an Executive Director who could help organize and channel congregational resources.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

. . . learning how to read Hebrew and chant Torah, thus participating in and continuing an age-old tradition and mitzvah.

Ways to make it better...

. . . there were more funding and administrative support for the boundless energy and volunteerism of this community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

My family and I have had a wonderful experience in our 18 years at T and V. We have felt welcomed and nurtured and found a place to celebrate all the wonderful milestones of our lives as the children have grown. One can be involved from early morning services to high quality adult education in the evenings. The clergy is accessible, and the cantorial singing in beautiful.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Having a spiritual and relgious home for myself and my family.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The consistency over time, and yet the ability to change with the times.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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