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October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

Town And Village Synagogue is a great community. I made new friends the first day I visited the synagogue. T&V did not turn me away because I could not afford the membership dues. They tried their best to help and welcomed me with open arms. The community is full of wonderful people who are long term members from the neighborhood and treat one another like brothers and sisters. During high holidays T&V have community service for the open public, which is hard to find coz most synagogues hold services for members only.

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

T&V is always trying to reinvent itself. They offer a lot of courses for those who are interested in different aspects of Judaism, such as beginner classes for services, hebrew class, Jewish literature class, etc. T&V has a wonderful cantor and choir.

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

Staff is extremely helpful and friendly. They are there to help build the community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 30, 2009

I came to T&V over 10 years ago with my new husband. We were looking for a Rabbi to help guide us through a traditional Jewish wedding and found a community and family. From day one we felt a wonderful connection to the community. The members are warm and welcoming. As visitors to the shul we were invited to the homes of members for Friday night dinners, Passover Seders and even meals during the high holidays. We have formed deep meaningful bonds over the years and feel blessed to be able to give our kids an second home overflowing with honorary grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends.

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

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

working closely with the clergy and members on a wide array of programs and fun activities

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

very knowledgeable, creative and inspiring

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

do anything, considering they do so much now with so little

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to devote to helping the organization

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the limitations of its current space

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 29, 2009

T&V is my other life. I could be busy there every single day (or evening) of the week with classes, services, committee work. The warmth and friendships here are overwhelming. The prayer service is uplifting and even fun. What I especially love are the amazing classes that are available to us with absolutely first rate teachers who inspire. My life would be so much less rich and meaningful if I did not have T&V in my life.

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

a heightened religious life, opportunities fo learning, amazing quality friendships, and community support.

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

renovate the building to fully serve our Hebrew school and our members. More classrooms, meeting rooms, an elevator, and a functioning office could be added. We now exist in a really poor physical environment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 29, 2009

I have found the synagogue a warm,friendly place with caring people. When we both lost our parents the people of the shul made sure we had minyonim and food etc. They have also been very supportive of my Torah reading helping me to feel better about it if I messed up and also making me feel good when I have done well. Are there down sides, yes. Sometimes the clergy is not as supportive as they can be in certain situations, such as not calling people when they are homebound or ill in the hospital. Also, sometimes they do not give people the correct amount of support or perhaps it is not the answer that they feel they were looking for. Overall though I am satisfied with the synagogue.

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

many ways.

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

rebuild the building for the children to have classrooms. give the building better handicapped access.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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We have had many family life-cycle celebrations at T&V. We have also had two daughters participate in the hebrew school from tot programs to bat-mitzvah class. The process of working with the Rabbi & Cantor on the bat mitzvahs has been very positive for our daughters and it was a great continuation of their hebrew school experience. Both our daughters have made life-long friends in the Hebrew school and my wife and I have made dear friends among Hebrew school parents and among other members. The 8th grade Israel class and trip was a tremendously successful program. Even though my daughter had been to Israel before, she discovered Israel anew with her friends and developed a greater connection to the land and people. T&V is more than a wonderful community - it is an important part of our family's life.

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

the support my family received while sitting shiva. Members we didn't know came to provide comfort. The Rabbi traveled out of town to attend the funeral.

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

the friendliness of the volunteers

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

friendly, dedicated, hard working.

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

provide greater services to the community and bring everyone to Israel for a week or two.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Having joined as a child over 50 years ago, lapsed, and returned as an adult 30 years ago, I've seen how the community has evolved to a warm, participatory, egalitarian, traditional yet innovative congregation, with unusually warm, supportive, accepting clergy and a really interesting, diverse, caring, non-judgmental, multi-generational membership. The Synagogue has a wide variety of engaging classes, lectures, discussions and social programs for all ages. Both my son and I made life-long friends in the religious school, which really seems to engage and motivate kids; my wife and I have made close friends in the Synagogue. Committee work and special projects can be rewarding and an enjoyable way to meet people. In a very real sense, it is a "home away from home."

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

a sense of continuity in perpetuating an important tradition and an ethical and humane way of life; participating in a caring community is an emotional anchor and helps give a sense of purpose in life.

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

The people I met/meet.

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

Friendly, kind, supportive.

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

Acquire a larger building/building site or expedite structural changes in the current building, hire additional staff to do more outreach and provide additional services to the community, especially those in need.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 29, 2009

On a Shabbat in October, a 13 year old became bar mitzvah, a 27 year old man and an 67 year old woman both read Torah for the first time, a 93 year old woman wrapped herself in a tallis for the first time and with the Rabbi recited the Sheheheyanu - the prayer for new things, for reaching this time in her life. I was one of these. T and V is a place where people can grow into the Jews they want to become. The just- started Adult Bar / Bat Mitzvah class - a two year program - has nearly 20 people! Community and commitment - is more than a slogan. T and V is an inclusive community - welcoming individuals whose diverse paths to Judaism converge in this small shul. One whose vison and action in observance, programming and education are dazzling when one realizes they are done on such a financial shoe -string. T and V is repeated selected to pilot, demonstrate, innovate because it is already receptive to new ideas and can put them into practice. And still remain a participitory, egalitarian, traditional Conservative Jewish synagogue - buillding community and commitment.

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

my personal growth as a Jew.( T and V was one of the first synagogues to count women as equal in standing as men.) I has rprovided a home, a community to raise a child, to share joy and sorrow and to encourage the efforts of others to these riches.

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

Learning.From where I started to where I have come - there was support all the way.

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

Willing to work with me - whether for my growth or with what I could bring to the organizational and operational development of the synagogue by transferring professional expertise in board and fund development, including strategic planning and FR

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

Become a major force in Jewish life in lower and midtown Manhattan - starting with having faciities for operation of a Jewish nursery school through the expansion of social and educational opportunities for seniors.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 29, 2009

I never could have expected what I found when I arrived at Town and Village synagogue over 25 years ago. What I found tranformed my life and the life of my family. While searching for a place which would provide services, I found a community. While searching for a place for learning, I found that I was now part of a family. This connection to community became so strong so quickly that it became the overwhelming priority in deciding to live downtown so that we could continue to always be part of this extraordinarily devoted and diverse community. All of our life celebrations - even birthdays, anniversaries, graduations etc. - are celebrated at our shul - as it our home and its members are our family. Its reputation for warmth and heimishness is well deserved and real - one need only enter one time to witness how one is greeted warmly by others in shul, immediately offered an honor or participation in the service and reached out to by so many during kiddush. One need only look around the shul and at the tremendous amount of participation to notice the diversity and how everyone is accepted for who he or she is. But some of my most memorable times reflects the humor and good will which flows through the shul, whether at a Purim shpiel, a spoof at a dinner dance or through some creative fun with the clergy during services. What makes Town and Village unique is that it takes our mission and what we do and what we learn seriously but we like to have fun while doing so.

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

Changing people's lives

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

The people I have met and befriended

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

Change the world

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 29, 2009

I love Town and Village. They accept me and my family, however we are able to participate. I learned tremendous new skills, like reading Torah and leading services, taught lovingly by both clergy and lay members. I get to sing in the choir! I have made friends as well. On the High Holydays, there's no fashion show, no ostentation. It's a humble place where everyone is appreciated, and I'm proud that we include people from many diffeernt minority groups among our members. It's a shul I'm proud to call home.

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

learning to read Torah and lead services; being on the Board. Being invited to assume leadership at various times. Finding a place in which I feel just right Jewishly.

Ways to make it better...

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

shrink the Board, appoint Board members with specific expertise and not just interest, although that's important too.

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

The rabbi, cantor and people, the egalitarian and welcoming services.

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

Our clergy are wonderful. The volunteers are generally wonderful as well.

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

rebuild our building, hire an executive director, upgrade our computer system and web site, give more tzedakah, maybe have some volunteer training on-site, buy ads in various publications so more people would know about T and V.

Ways to make it better...

It really couldn't be. Any deficiences come from me and not from the institution.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

growing our membership in a time when synagogue membership is declining overall. We need to continue to develop non-traditional ways to attract members, to non-traditional programming. We are doing that.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I really love T and V, and whenver I've brought guests, they have too.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 29, 2009

From the day I walked in and was warmly welcomed at the door and included in a Learners Service, I have felt a part of the synagogue. I have met many people of all different ages and am impressed with the jewish learning and skills of the congregation and how they share those skills by teaching others. I have also found it a very warm and inclusive organization with extraordinarily talented clergy and educational director.

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

attending services; attending classes, participation of my children in the hebrew school

Ways to make it better...

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

renovate the facility

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

It is welcoming, inclusive with a very down to earth and caring community. I have also valued the many learning opportunities and the support from the community both to celebrate happy occasions and during difficult times

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

clergy, clerical staff, educational director and teachers as well as lay teachers

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

Renovate, offer multigenerational activities -- from nursery school and parenting programs to senior programs during the day.

Ways to make it better...

I am looking forward to the renovations which will provide better facilities, particularly for the Hebrew School

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Raising funds for renovation and to hire additional staff

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

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