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  

1 person found this review helpful

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

Being there for me in times of joy and sorrow.

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

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...

n/a

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?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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."

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.

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?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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'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.

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?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

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.

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.

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?

2009-10-01

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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: 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  

6 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Educated, committed interesting, questioning, caring.

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: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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.

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

attending services several times a year, saying Kaddish after the death of a parent.

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

The spirituality and beauty and completeness of the service.

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

very talented staff, very welcoming and active volunteers.

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

Pay the staff more --- they deserve it. Improve the building. Run more programs for the many uncommitted Jews in the NYC community.

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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