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November 1, 2009

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November 1, 2009

Town and Village Synagogue is the only conservative synagogue south of 42nd street. Its down-to-earth membership is welcoming and, for those interested in getting involved in synagogue life, the opportunities are plentiful. A recent project, T&V Together, is striving to reach out to the membership to build connections beyond the core of active members. If you are interested in working to improve community and finding a spiritual home, Town and Village is a place for you.

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

build the renovation it so desperately needs to house all its many programs and hire a much needed executive director

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 31, 2009

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October 31, 2009

We joined T&V about 15 years ago after "trying out" 2 other synagogues for Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur. We came in the morning and never left to visit one more shul. The warmth, caring and feeling of community were and continue to be so very strong.

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

The feeling of community and caring

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

I "married into" the synagogue about 30 years ago, and now the synagogue is really part of my family. I recently celebrated a Bat Mitzvah at T&V - chanting Torah (I learned at T&V), Haftorah (taught by our wonderful Cantor) and delivered a D'var Torah (not my first at T&V). T&V is truly a place of learning, sharing and caring. My good friend, a 92 year old elder stateswoman of the congregation, states that T&V is her lifeline . Another senior member said that she could not have survived without T&V when she broke her ankle. Last year an 8th grader's mom died. Her Hebrew class formed a minyan for her and the class parents provided meals for the family when needed. My family celebrates its simchas at T&V : Bar and Bat Mitzvah, Baby naming, anniversary and even a Kiddush in honor of my husband's election. T&V is unique in so many wonderful ways: we have a full, free community service for the high holidays; members assist with a service at a local nursing home run by a Rabbi who is a lay member at T&V. I've met new and fun people when we were paired off on a Thanksgiving God's Love We Deliver project. We run and staff the community's weekly Shabbat service for hospitalized Jewish veterans at the local VA hospital. Our Bikur Choilm visits the local hospitals to bring cheer, and our Shofar blowers visit our home-bound members on Rosh Hashanah to bring the mitzvah of hearing the Shofar to them. The list goes on and on. TandV and its clergy provides the best in what we consider "uniquely Jewish menschlichkeit". All of which is done on a shoe-string budget, with volunteers, little paid staff and much love. The opportunities to give and to grow in a more compassionate, Jewish, way is available to all.

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

learning and preparing for an adult Bat Mizvah - ian an egalitarian environment.

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

The friends I've made, and the experience to interact personally, in a very positive way with the clergy.

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

Friendly and helpful

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

improve its physical plant, hire more staff, and bring positive, caring Jewish experiences (and learning) to more people in lower Manhattan

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

T & V is a most warm and welcoming place. As a place of Jewish observance, it couples a great spiritual tradition with highly egalitarian and participatory services. As a place of Jewish community, it offers compelling opportunities for learning, tzedakah (charity), and social action. It felt like home to me and my family from the first time we stepped in the door.

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

. . . establishing a monthly service and dinner for the largely unaffiliated young Jewish community that seeks a greater spiritual connection.

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

. . . find the funds to hire an Executive Director who could help organize and channel congregational resources.

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

. . . learning how to read Hebrew and chant Torah, thus participating in and continuing an age-old tradition and mitzvah.

Ways to make it better...

. . . there were more funding and administrative support for the boundless energy and volunteerism of this community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

My family and I have had a wonderful experience in our 18 years at T and V. We have felt welcomed and nurtured and found a place to celebrate all the wonderful milestones of our lives as the children have grown. One can be involved from early morning services to high quality adult education in the evenings. The clergy is accessible, and the cantorial singing in beautiful.

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

Having a spiritual and relgious home for myself and my family.

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

The consistency over time, and yet the ability to change with the times.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

I came to T&V over 10 years ago with my new husband. We were looking for a Rabbi to help guide us through a traditional Jewish wedding and found a community and family. From day one we felt a wonderful connection to the community. The members are warm and welcoming. As visitors to the shul we were invited to the homes of members for Friday night dinners, Passover Seders and even meals during the high holidays. We have formed deep meaningful bonds over the years and feel blessed to be able to give our kids an second home overflowing with honorary grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends.

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

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

working closely with the clergy and members on a wide array of programs and fun activities

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

very knowledgeable, creative and inspiring

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

do anything, considering they do so much now with so little

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to devote to helping the organization

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

the limitations of its current space

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

T&V is my other life. I could be busy there every single day (or evening) of the week with classes, services, committee work. The warmth and friendships here are overwhelming. The prayer service is uplifting and even fun. What I especially love are the amazing classes that are available to us with absolutely first rate teachers who inspire. My life would be so much less rich and meaningful if I did not have T&V in my life.

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

a heightened religious life, opportunities fo learning, amazing quality friendships, and community support.

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

renovate the building to fully serve our Hebrew school and our members. More classrooms, meeting rooms, an elevator, and a functioning office could be added. We now exist in a really poor physical environment.

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

We have had many family life-cycle celebrations at T&V. We have also had two daughters participate in the hebrew school from tot programs to bat-mitzvah class. The process of working with the Rabbi & Cantor on the bat mitzvahs has been very positive for our daughters and it was a great continuation of their hebrew school experience. Both our daughters have made life-long friends in the Hebrew school and my wife and I have made dear friends among Hebrew school parents and among other members. The 8th grade Israel class and trip was a tremendously successful program. Even though my daughter had been to Israel before, she discovered Israel anew with her friends and developed a greater connection to the land and people. T&V is more than a wonderful community - it is an important part of our family's life.

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

the support my family received while sitting shiva. Members we didn't know came to provide comfort. The Rabbi traveled out of town to attend the funeral.

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

the friendliness of the volunteers

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

friendly, dedicated, hard working.

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

provide greater services to the community and bring everyone to Israel for a week or two.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 29, 2009

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October 29, 2009

I never could have expected what I found when I arrived at Town and Village synagogue over 25 years ago. What I found tranformed my life and the life of my family. While searching for a place which would provide services, I found a community. While searching for a place for learning, I found that I was now part of a family. This connection to community became so strong so quickly that it became the overwhelming priority in deciding to live downtown so that we could continue to always be part of this extraordinarily devoted and diverse community. All of our life celebrations - even birthdays, anniversaries, graduations etc. - are celebrated at our shul - as it our home and its members are our family. Its reputation for warmth and heimishness is well deserved and real - one need only enter one time to witness how one is greeted warmly by others in shul, immediately offered an honor or participation in the service and reached out to by so many during kiddush. One need only look around the shul and at the tremendous amount of participation to notice the diversity and how everyone is accepted for who he or she is. But some of my most memorable times reflects the humor and good will which flows through the shul, whether at a Purim shpiel, a spoof at a dinner dance or through some creative fun with the clergy during services. What makes Town and Village unique is that it takes our mission and what we do and what we learn seriously but we like to have fun while doing so.

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

Changing people's lives

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

The people I have met and befriended

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

Change the world

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

From the day I walked in and was warmly welcomed at the door and included in a Learners Service, I have felt a part of the synagogue. I have met many people of all different ages and am impressed with the jewish learning and skills of the congregation and how they share those skills by teaching others. I have also found it a very warm and inclusive organization with extraordinarily talented clergy and educational director.

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

attending services; attending classes, participation of my children in the hebrew school

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

renovate the facility

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

It is welcoming, inclusive with a very down to earth and caring community. I have also valued the many learning opportunities and the support from the community both to celebrate happy occasions and during difficult times

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

clergy, clerical staff, educational director and teachers as well as lay teachers

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

Renovate, offer multigenerational activities -- from nursery school and parenting programs to senior programs during the day.

Ways to make it better...

I am looking forward to the renovations which will provide better facilities, particularly for the Hebrew School

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

Raising funds for renovation and to hire additional staff

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

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