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October 26, 2009

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October 26, 2009

T&V is now in its 5th year of offering Services interpreted into American Sign Language (ASL) for the Deaf congregants whom we attract. These Services are known throughout the tri-state area and are publicized widely, typically drawing at least a minyan just of those from the Deaf Community. Last year, our sponsorship also grew to such a point where we were able to expand these Services to monthly, and we're now also beneficiaries of a UJA grant that was recently established for programs like these. We're very fortunate that our diverse list of sponsors affirms how much "it takes a Town and a Village" for us to be able to achieve successes like this.

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

...serve the ENTIRE Community in the way that it deserves to be served.

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T&V's funding difficulties didn't preclude it from offering additional funds for programs like the ASL-interpreted Services to the degree that it should have.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 26, 2009

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October 26, 2009

Great, warm & welcoming place for all. The rabbi & cantor are warm people and genuinely enjoy helping members live better lives. The congregation is warm, friendly and very diverse.

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Non-judgemental, warm welcoming attitude towards all. One Board member said to me & my incredibly underdressed son, "we take people as they are" and welcomed us into the schul, (dirty Tshirt & all)

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

Members, community members (including members who live in group homes) are matched at Yom Tov.

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

dedicated, caring, and welcoming

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 25, 2009

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October 25, 2009

Is a welcoming, warm congregation. The Rabbi is a kind man and is very good at making people feel welcome and special.

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

The kindness of the people involved.

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

warm and caring.

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

make the world a better place.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 25, 2009

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October 25, 2009

I don't live in the neighborhood and found T&V through an out of town visit by a friend. I had done some shul shopping earlier but hadn't yet found the right place. I knew immediately when I first came to a Friday night service, that I wanted to come back. Everyone was friendly and welcoming and made me feel at home in an atmosphere that embraced me. I love the emphasis on learning and education for everyone from the youngest children to the most senior among us. For me it is definitely worth the trip to attend and I not only come to services but attend many adult education classes as well.

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

a deepening of my knowledge about Judaism and in finding a community of people who share the same and/or similar values that I do.

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

making friends and participating in the many adult education programs over the years.

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

knowledgeable, friendly, and welcoming.

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

renovate our building, expand our programs and services for all our members and the community at large.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 25, 2009

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October 25, 2009

If you want to talk about schlepping....we drive in from Connecticut, two hours each way for both services and classes. We investigated for some time to find the synagogue that would best meet our needs. The Rabbi talked to us about the importance of community in Judaism, and in all of my life, I have never seen such an active and supportive community. Our only regret is that we do not live in NYC so that we could take advantage of even more of the many programs that T & V has to offer. It is truly a synagogue like no other, with members and staff that are always there for you. Finding Town and Village has been a blessing in our lives.

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Being warmly invited in, accepted, befriended and encouraged by both staff and members alike.

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This was one of the major reasons we selected T and V. We were married by a Rabbi and have lived a Jewish life TOGETHER. This was the only synagogue where the Rabbi insists the journey be shared jointly. What could we possibly add to improve on that?

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

Sharing the process of conversion as a couple.

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

From Rabbi and Cantor down to the guards at the door. All have been welcoming.

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

Continue to do what is does, but without constant worry over financing. But I am certain they would find many ways to expand upon the mitzvot they do on a regular basis.

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It has been a beautiful experience from the moment we stepped in the door for the first time. I can think of no way to improve upon it.

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

Like all non profit organizations, financial funds, and the cost of living in NYC that drives young people out to the suburbs.

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Town and Village has been a blessing in our lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 25, 2009

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October 25, 2009

Town And Village Synagogue is a great place to pray and a great community of people. Prayers are said and holidays are observed with deep knowledge, joy and sincere intention. Town and Village Synagogue is an inclusive group of people who help to increase everyone's knowledge, visit the sick and remember those who are not there, and has programs for different age groups on most occasions.

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

learning. Town and Village Synagogue has book discussions, classes led by outside experts and by members, etc. etc.

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

be even better. The spaces for socialization are small; there is no elevator; there are not enough rooms for all needs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 25, 2009

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October 25, 2009

We were first atrracted to T & V because of the Shabbat service. The congregation was fully engaged, the liturgy was traditional but the service was egalitarian, one of the first Conservative synagogues to adopt that positon. That was almost 30 years ago. When we moved out of the neighborhood to the Upper West Side, we tried to leave - it was a "schlep" going to services. But we were unable to find another congregation where we felt so comfortable and at home. My husband is a convert and the congregation was very welcoming. It remains our spiritual home and our community after all these years.

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

the frienliness of other congregants

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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