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Town and Village Synagogue
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

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I have served T&V in many capacities. Congregation President, Sisterhood President, Hebrew School Committee Chair, Volunteer, Board member, etc.,etc. I joined other t&Vers;delivering food to the homebound ill for God's Love We Deliver on Thanksgiving and .