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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

October 29, 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

October 28, 2009

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October 28, 2009

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!

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

Re-experienncing the High Holidays.

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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!

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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.

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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

October 28, 2009

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October 28, 2009

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.

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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

October 27, 2009

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October 27, 2009

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.

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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

October 27, 2009

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October 27, 2009

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!

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

finding others who are looking for a young Jewish community

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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

October 27, 2009

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October 27, 2009

Town and Village Synagogue is a very welcoming environment and has excellent *Young Adult Programming*. They invite Jewish young adults over about once a month for an egalitarian shabbat service, a dinner and a lecture on a topic affecting the Jewish community. The shabbat service is always spirited, with a lot of ruach from both the young people and the regular congregants. The dinner is delicious - and I've made a few friendships, dates and professional connections through this venue. The lectures are typically relevant and and somewhat academic, provoking thought and discussion, no matter your level of involvement or observance. Probably the most important thing about this programming is that it provided a venue for me to find others who I could relate to about my trials and tribulations of being a Jewish young professional in NYC.

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

Feeling less alone in the intimidating world (and even intimidating Jewish community) of New York City.

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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

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

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