Town and Village Synagogue

Rating: 4.85 stars   48 reviews

Issues: Religion

Location: 334 E 14th St New York NY 01000 USA

Mission: Named for our roots in Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, T&V is home for congregants and members from throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. We are grateful to have evolved as a caring, inclusive, multigenerational congregation whose members, having grown up in all walks of Judaism, have found their way home. We invite you to join us for participation at any of our scheduled services.
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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

Town and Village Synagogue community is a warm, caring, friendly and compassionate one.The Rabbi is sincere and welcoming to all. The Cantor, and her wonderful voice, adds to the meaningfulness of the Prayer service while encouraging the congregation to fully participate. T&V is trying to be a synagogue for all Jews by providing Braille prayer books for the blind, a chair lift for those who cannot walk steps, a hearing system for the hard of hearing and ASL services for the Deaf. Hopefully, after the new renovation, all Jews will have access to the Sanctuary and the class rooms.

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

by the many friends I have made here.

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

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

the community.

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

professional, concerned and caring.

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

grow and become the 'go to' synagogue for all.

Ways to make it better...

the synagogue had the money to renovate the building and thus make it accessible for all.

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

growth of membership and money to renovate.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

Shalom! I attended Rosh HaShanah services in September 2009. As a first time visitor to the Town and Village Synagogue - I must say that my experience was totally delightfulv -from the first introducutions in the Administrative Office to the spellbinding Shabbat Rosh HaShanah services (for the Public) led by the two spectacular women (Beth Mann and Abby Susskind(?). The two young women - a rabbi and a cantor were able to engage the entire multi-generational, multi-lingualand somewhat multi-cultural congregation. There were prayers for Peace and prayers for the release of the young soldier still held by Hamas, there were solemn moments and moments of song (and almost dance! ...so much energy). I loved it and told all my friends about it! TODAH RABAH!

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

Re-experienncing the High Holidays.

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

Take a strong stand against cruelty to animals - especially when people are selfish and cruel to vulnerable beings and pass it off as "their culture". CRUELTY is CRUELTY. THOUS SHALT NOT KILL!

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

Everyone was very welcoming and friendly without being overbearing. It is truly charming.

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

VERY NICE!

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

Take a strong stand against animal cruelty. Possibly help set up an animal shelter in Isreal to rescue animals (of the non-human) sort who have been caught up in the cross-fire.

Ways to make it better...

I STRONGLY belive that if this remarkable ("Conservative" ) synagogue had taken a stand AGAINST the barbaric practice of KAPPAROS that exists in some sectors of the Orthodox Community.

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

I really do not know.

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

Why is a whole new generation smoking. THOUS SHALT NOT KILL! I see SO MANY men w/yarmulkes smoking on the street (especially 47th St.). Take a stand for health AND safety!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

My experience at the Town and Village synagogue thus far has been nothing short of excellent. In looking to expand my Jewish network in NYC, I attended one of their young professional Shabbat dinners. Often times, such dinner amed at this demographic are expensive and ill received by folks I'd be looking to meet. However, the dinner and T&V was affordable and because of that, the crowd was large, classy, down to earth and the kind of people I'd like to associate with. The dinner was well organized, food was tasty and it certainly had the warm Jewish feel I was looking for.

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

THe folks involved were friendly, warm and were genuinely interested in ensuring people had a good time.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

They offer free services for the High Holidays. Unbelievable! Especially for New York City. The High Holiday experience was so pleasant. Staff and clergy were inclusive and warm. I wil definitely be back.

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

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

Being able to attend high holiday services at the donation I was able to pay.

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

Warm and inclusive.

Ways to make it better...

My family had come with me!

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

This is a place where I have always felt instantly welcomed. The group of people involved is so warm and does everything possible to try and make everyone feel like they belong there. So much so that it then motivated me to get involved as a volunteer.

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

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

the people and the open community they have created.

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

friendly, warm, welcoming, competent and in-charge.

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

re-do the facility, make all of the shabbat dinners free (and more frequent)

Ways to make it better...

nothing

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

The minute you walk into this shul you instantly feel warmly welcomed and accepted. The services on Friday night and Saturday are uplifting and easily accessible. People are friendly and genuine. The Young Adult Program is a special asset to the shul because it's a great way to meet other young Jewish professionals - there is a bonding that happens when you pray, learn, laugh, and share a meal together on Shabbat... I highly recommend this shul to anyone who wants to enhance their experience of Shabbat and be part of a thriving Jewish community.

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

Friendly, warm, enthusiastic, and welcoming

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I've been going to the Town and Village Synagogue community services for the high holidays for seven years since I moved into the neighborhood. It is so difficult to find a synagogue that will take nonmembers on the high holidays. Not only do they accept us, but they accept us with open arms. Though I know I give donations every year, I'm sure there are plenty who attend the services who are either unable or forget to donate, and I'm sure it's at least a small (if not significant) financial burden to provide this service. But it cannot be underestimated how much this synagogue gives back to the community in this simple, though highly appreciated gesture.

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

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

the wonderful community services on the high holidays.

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

Extend its service to the community throughout the year, and expand its education and community outreach programs.

Ways to make it better...

the microphone didn't cut out so much during kol nidre. ;)

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

financial needs.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

Great synagogue! They are always welcoming. The monthly dinners are a great way to meet other young Jews in the community.

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

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

the weekly services, high holiday services, and monthly community dinners.

Ways to make it better...

nothing

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Town and Village Synagogue is a Synagogue where I feel at home, and I also especially enjoy the Young Adult Programming. The Rabbi is warm and welcoming - he introduced himself the first time I met him and always takes the time to say hello. The Young Adult Programming has a similar vibe - friendly welcoming people. The Young Adult Programs, particularly the monthly shabbat dinner, always have interesting themes, and are far less expensive than other similar dinners. Going to T&V helps me feel more connected to Judaism.

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

friendly, warm and welcoming.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Town and Village is always welcoming. The free community services during the high holidays are a wonderful way to be inclusive of everyone in the area, and the Young Adult dinners are always fun. It's a great place to go to be part of a community, which is what Judaism is all about!

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

finding others who are looking for a young Jewish community

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

effervescent!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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