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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am an active member of the synagogue and have celebrated many life cycle events, both happy and said. I have been a board member and lay leader. The community is warm and caring and educated. The values that are taught and lived are social justice, care for community, education and meaningful observance. It is truly egalatarian, respecting everyone, regardless of income, age, gender or sexual orientation. The clergy lead by example and provide meanigful prayer and teaching.
I've been to many many syngagogues throughout North America and few in other parts of the world, and this one is close to my ideal. I am big on religious services and rate this one as world class. Cantor Postman's voice and Kavanah are truly superb. You can feel her drawing all of our prayers to the heavens along with hers. She involves the congregation as she leads them, and also has a very talented choir. Rabbi Sebert is an excellent Rabbi. Together they create a welcoming and moving spiritual environment and I attend there whenever I am in Manhattan.