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					Hillel at Ithaca College
(a Hillel Program Center)
                                                                                    Kabbalah Study Group                                                          Jewish Film Festival                                                                       Temple Beth-El                                                                 A Guide to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Jewish Ithaca
                                                                                    Contact: Bill Abeles 607-272-0851                                             Telephone: 607-255-3522                                                                    (affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism)
Address:       1001 Muller Chapel, Ithaca, NY 14850                                 Location: Lakeside Nursing Home, Ithaca, NY                                   Website:   cinema.cornell.edu                                                              Address:   402 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
Telephone:     607-274-3323                                                         Schedule: First Saturday of the month.                                        Contact:   Cornell Cinema                                                                             (corner of East Court Street)
Website:       www.ithaca.edu/Hillel                                                We are a gathering of individuals who meet to study Jewish Kabbalistic        Every year in March, Cornell Cinema presents a Jewish Film Festival,                       Telephone: 607-273-5775
Contact:       Michael Faber, Director, faber@ithaca.edu,                           teachings and practice, in English. People of all backgrounds, movements,     with mostly contemporary Jewish films, including documentaries and                         Website:   www.tbeithaca.org
               hillel@ithaca.edu                                                    and religions are welcome to this gathering that has met continuously         foreign films. The screenings are usually co-sponsored with local Jewish                   Contact:   Rabbi Scott L. Glass
                                                                                    since 1996. We ask that members have interest in, or some familiarity         organizations and departments at Cornell University. The month-long
                                                                                    with, Jewish mystical materials and/or meditation, and be willing to                                                                                                     Temple Beth-El is a liberal synagogue founded in 1924, and affiliated
Hillel offers Ithaca College students numerous opportunities for leader-                                                                                          festival is open to the public, and includes some special Sunday
                                                                                    share from their personal experience.                                                                                                                                    with The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. We serve a
ship development, student meetings, cultural programs, social gatherings,                                                                                         morning screenings with free bagels and coffee. In addition, Cornell
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             growing and diverse congregation in and around Tompkins County.
community service, informal education, religious celebrations, and the                                                                                            Cinema screens films with Jewish themes year-round.
experience of community. Everyone is welcome.                                       Kol Haverim                                                                                                                                                              Temple Beth-El strives to preserve and enhance our Jewish heritage by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             providing a wide range of religious, educational, social and community
Every self-affirming Jew who studies or works on campus is considered               (The Finger Lakes Community for Humanistic Judaism)                                                                                                                      activities that enable people to explore all aspects of Jewish life.
a member of the Jewish community at Ithaca College. We ask students
                                                                                    Address:   PO Box 4972, Ithaca, NY 14852-4972 (gatherings at                                                                                                             The Temple Youth Program provides a variety of religious, social
to voluntarily affiliate and pay a nominal fee; however, ANYONE can
participate in services, programs, and activities. Shabbat services are                        Lifelong Center, 119 W. Court St, Ithaca)                                                                                                                     and educational activities and is affiliated with Kadima and United




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held Friday evenings and holidays. IC has excellent Kosher dining.                  Telephone: 607-257-4231                                                                                                                                                  Synagogue Youth. We have an active Adult Education program,
There are many arts programs and cultural events, student internships               Website:   www.kolhaverim.net                                                                                                                                            including weekly meetings, classes and a series of mini-courses.
and a strong social organization.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Social Action and Arts committees plan a wide range of
                                                                                    Contact:   Joyce Frank, Chair, chair@kolhaverim.net
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             community activities. The Temple has a Bikkur Holim committee,
                                                                                    Kol Haverim, affiliated with the Society for Humanistic Judaism                                                                                                          a Hevra Kadisha and a mikvah for ritual purification purposes.
                                                                                    (www.shj.org), is a secular Jewish community welcoming those who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Any person of the Jewish faith, born or converted to Judaism, eighteen
                                                                                    desire non-theistic ways to celebrate their identity, culture and heritage.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             years of age or over, may apply for membership by submitting a member-               Garden of Stones—A Holocaust Memorial at the Cornell Plantations
                                                                                    We offer celebrations of Jewish holidays for the whole family; social,




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cornell Hillel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ship information form. Contact the Temple office for further information.                                                Andy Goldsworthy, Sculptor
                                                                                    cultural and educational programs and experiences for adults; and secular
                                                                                    Jewish Sunday School classes for children. We welcome individuals and
                                                                                    families from mixed religious/ethnic backgrounds and those who wish
                                                                                    to provide their children with some Jewish identity and experiences.                                                                                                                                                                                    Center for Jewish Living
                                                                                    Activities: We provide a warm, welcoming community for Jewish                                                                                                                                                                                           Chabad House of Ithaca
                                                                                    individuals and families who identify as secular or non-religious.            The Reporter
                                                                    Philip Glaser




                                                                                    Membership is open to all with an interest in exploring and celebrating
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Congregation Tikkun v’Or
                                                                                                                                                                  Address:      500 Clubhouse Road, Vestal, NY 13850
                                                                                    Jewish identity and heritage. Consult our website for up-to-date
                                                                                                                                                                  Telephone:    607-724-2360
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cornell University Hillel
                                                                                    information on programs, Shabbat, Havdalah, and holiday celebrations,                                                                                                                                                                                   Gan Shalom Jewish Preschool
                                                                                                                                                                  Web Site:     www.thereportergroup.org
                                                                                    social action and community service events, book group meetings, and
Israeli Folk Dancing                                                                the Sunday School schedule. To receive e-mail announcements of                Contact:      Interim Executive Editor Rabbi Rachel Esserman,                                                                                                             Garden of Stones—A Holocaust Memorial




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Philip Glaser
                                                                                    upcoming events, send contact information to info@kolhaverim.net.                           TReporter@aol.com
Contact:       Nomi Fridman, nf21@cornell.edu                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Hadassah
                                                                                    Secular Jewish Sunday School. Our children celebrate Jewish holidays          Where do you go to find out what’s going on in our local Jewish
Looking for fun? Join us on Mondays from 7:00–8:30 pm in Cornell’s                                                                                                community, in the national or international Jewish community?                                                                                                             Hillel at Ithaca College
                                                                                    from a Humanistic perspective, learn Jewish history, culture, music
Appel Multi-Purpose Room. Learn Israeli dances from pioneering times to             and dance, and are introduced to basic Hebrew. Twice-monthly                  Where do you go to let others know about events that your Jewish                                                                                                          Israeli Folk Dancing
contemporary favorites.                                                                                                                                           organization is planning? Where do you go to express your opinion—                         All are welcome to attend regular worship services on Friday night
                                                                                    classes are open to children aged 4-13. We offer a Bar/Bat Mitzvah
                                                                                                                                                                  good, bad or otherwise—on Jewish topics?                                                   and Shabbat morning. Once a month Friday night services are early,             Israeli Student Association
Enjoy yourself, burn calories and dance to great Israeli tunes. Absolutely          program for seventh graders (or older). Please contact the director at
no dance experience required, all levels welcome!                                   school@kolhaverim.net for more information.                                   One answer to all of these questions is The Reporter. It’s published
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             followed by a Shabbat dinner. Temple Beth-El holds services during the         Jewish Film Festival
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Jewish Holy Days and Festivals. Consult the Temple offices prior to the
                                                                                                                                                                  weekly and receives consistent praise and professional awards for its                      holy day for specific times. There is a morning service on Sundays when        Kabbalah Study Group
Israeli Student Association                                                         Kosher Food in Ithaca                                                         balanced coverage and provocative opinion pieces. It’s free in Broome
                                                                                                                                                                  County and provided for a nominal subscription fee outside the county.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             religious school is in session.                                                Kol Haverim Community for Humanistic Judaism
Contact:       Tamar Shen-Orr and Oded Lipshitz, Student Co-Presidents              A broad selection of Kosher groceries and a limited selection of Kosher
                                                                                                                                                                  In addition, the staff produces newspapers for the Jewish communities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The Rabbi Felix Aber Religious School begins with preschool and runs           Temple Beth-El
Email:         tps63@cornell.edu and ol47@cornell.edu                               meat is available at Wegmans and other local supermarkets. Many                                                                                                          through high school. It includes monthly pre-kindergarten meetings with
                                                                                    varieties of Kosher wines are available at local liquor stores. A selection
                                                                                                                                                                  in Syracuse, Poughkeepsie, Scranton, PA, Wilkes-Barre, PA, and Stam-                       parents, Sunday classes for kindergartners and first graders, classes twice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Reporter
The purpose of the organization is to welcome Israelis to the Ithaca                                                                                              ford, CT. Assisted by a “staff” of volunteer proofreaders and mailing                      each week for 2nd–7th grades, and Bar/Bat Mitzvah training begin-
                                                                                    of catered foods and freshly baked goods, including challah, is available
community and help them get settled. We create an environment in                                                                                                  assistants, members of the community and organizations are encouraged                      ning in the second semester of the 6th grade and continuing through
                                                                                    at 104 West at Cornell University (607-272-6907). A broader variety of                                                                                                                                                                                  With thanks to Wegmans Food Market of Ithaca
which Israelis in Ithaca can share their culture.                                                                                                                 to submit photos and articles for publication.                                             7th grade. There is a Midrasha class for post-Bar/Bat Mitzvah students.
                                                                                    meats and baked goods can be ordered from out of town. Prepared                                                                                                                                                                                         for sponsoring the production of this guide.
Activities are centered around Jewish and Israeli holidays, and are mostly          meals can be obtained at both Cornell University and Ithaca College           Questions, comments or suggestions? Feel free to stop by, or contact us                    Contact the School at 607-273-5775 concerning details of the program
conducted in Hebrew. We welcome non Hebrew-speaking members, as well.               dining halls when they are in session.                                        by phone or e-mail.                                                                        and religious school registration.                                             Published by the Ithaca Area United Jewish Community, 2009-2010.
Ithaca Area
United Jewish Community
                                                              W e invite you to explore Ithaca’s vibrant Jewish community!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The Ithaca Area United Jewish Community
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 invites your financial support of our activities to strengthen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the quality of Jewish life in Ithaca, Israel and around the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 world. Gifts in every amount are very much needed and
Address:     P.O. Box 4214, Ithaca, NY 14852
                                                              Center for Jewish Living                                                          Chabad House of Ithaca                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           appreciated. You may designate your financial gift for:
Telephone:   607-257-2687                                     (Orthodox Synagogue at Cornell University,                                        Address:      102 Willard Way, Ithaca, NY 14850
                                                              104 West—Kosher Dining, Jewish Learning Center,                                   Telephone:    607-257-7379                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       • Global Jewish needs around the world and in Israel, and/or
Website:     http://www.iaujc.org                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Local needs for community-wide celebrations and Jewish
Contact:     Marcia Zax, Co-Chair, Board of Directors         Center for Jewish Living)                                                         Website:      www.chabadcornell.com
                                                                                                                                                Contact:      Rabbi Eli and Chana Silberstein, es79@cornell.edu                                                                                                                                                                                                                      educational activities.
                                                              Address:       106 West Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14850
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 q I/we would like to help the IAUJC strengthen Jewish life:
The Ithaca Area United Jewish Community (IAUJC)               Telephone:     607-272-5810                                                       The Roitman Chabad Center at Cornell functions as a Jewish community
                                                                                                                                                center, providing educational and outreach activities to the entire Jewish                                                                                                                                                                                                       Name(s)
is an advocate for local Jewish organizations, as well        Website:       www.cornellcjl.com
as for the needs of Jews in Israel and other countries.       Contact:       Rabbi Jason and Chana Leib                                         community, both young and old. Chabad offers educational opportu-                                                                                                                                                                                                                Address




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Since our founding just after the birth of the State                                                                                            nities and a changing schedule of weekly classes for the community,                                                                                                                                                                                                              City, State, Zip




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                                                              The Orthodox Synagogue at Cornell University aims to provide year-                including Talmud, Kabbalah, Midrash, and Jewish thought. In addition,
of Israel in 1948, the IAUJC has focused on an annual         round, traditional services for the Jewish community of Cornell and               Chabad is able to set up an individualized course of study on a subject
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Phone
campaign, making grants to local Jewish organizations,        Ithaca. These include the morning, afternoon, and evening services                of your choice. Chabad welcomes students and community members to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Email
and sponsoring educational and cultural activities.           during the week and the special services for Sabbath and the holidays.            join with them on Shabbat or holidays for services or meals. Shabbat,                                                                                                                                                                                                            Giving levels:
                                                              The synagogue is run mainly by students and members of the Ithaca                 holiday services and meals are held at 102 Willard Way.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          q Guardian             $5,000+          q   Supporter       $500+
A new project of the IAUJC, The PJ Library—Jewish             Jewish community. For times and directions, please visit the web site
                                                              or contact the Rabbi at 847-347-7082.                                             Chabad maintains a mikvah for family purity purposes. For more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cornell University Hillel                                                                       Garden of Stones—                                                                          q Benefactor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 q Patron
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         2,500+
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         1,000+
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Friend
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             $250+
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Bedtime Stories & Songs for Families, is a free program                                                                                                                                                                               (Yudowitz Center for Jewish Campus Life)
of storybooks and music for children delivered monthly.       The Jewish Learning Center (Beit Midrash) on 104 West holds frequent
                                                                                                                                                information or an appointment, call Chana at 607-257-7379.                                                                                                                            A Holocaust Memorial                                                                       	                             	         q   Donor $
                                                                                                                                                Chabad’s Cornell Campus Student Board, the JSO, helps plan vibrant                                                                                                                                                                                                               You may designate your gift as follows:
The PJ (as in pajama) Library can be enjoyed by all           classes from elementary to advanced levels, and helps arrange study                                                                                                     Address:       G-34 Anabel Taylor Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853                                        Artist:       Andy Goldsworthy
                                                              partners for continued Jewish learning. For times and information please          Jewish social and educational programming. Visit the website to find                                                                                                                                                                                                             q Global needs: $
Jewish families regardless of their level of affiliation or                                                                                     out about our current activities and times.                                           Telephone:     607-255-4227; Fax: 607-255-8513                                                  Location:     F. R. Newman Arboretum at Cornell Plantations
observance and is made possible locally by a grant from       contact the Rabbi.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Telephone:    607-255-2400                                                                 q Local needs: $
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Website:       www.hillel.cornell.edu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 q Whatever is needed most:        $
Temple Beth-El and individual donors.                         104 West of Cornell University (formerly the Kosher Dining Hall; 607-272-                                                                                               Contact:       Nomi Fridman, Director of Operations 607-255-4227                                Website:      www.plantations.cornell.edu
To learn more or to sign up                                   6907) provides kosher meals, challah, and other baked goods prepared                                                                                                                                                                                                    An extension of the Holocaust memorial exhibit “Garden of Stones,”                         This gift is made
for a free subscription visit:                                under the supervision of the Orthodox Union when Cornell is in session.                                                                                                 Cornell University Hillel is the Jewish community center on campus                              created by famed environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy, is on                              q In honor of
www.PJLibrary.org                                             Catering is available both off-site and on-site in the beautiful dining hall.                                                                                           for the more than 3,000 Jewish students. Hillel sponsors events                                 permanent loan from the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ranging from large-scale BBQs and holiday parties to speakers,                                                                                                                             q In memory of
or email Linda Mandel at                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              City. Located in the southeast corner of the Newman Arboretum, three
LMandel79@hotmail.com.                                        Congregation Tikkun v’Or                                                                                                                                                panel discussions, film series, and Jewish art exhibits. Hillel supports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      a vast number of Jewish student-run groups exploring Jewish art
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of the exhibit’s four oval granite boulders are hollowed and contain a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      dwarf chestnut oak sapling growing from a soil-filled center. The fourth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Please send gift acknowledgement to:
                                                              (affiliated with the Union of Reform Judaism, URJ)                                                                                                                      and culture, Tzedek/social action, and spiritual, social, political,                            boulder is intact. Dedicated in 2005, this unique exhibit was designed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Name
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      educational and religious programs.                                                                                                                                                        Address
Any Jewish resident of the                                    Address:    2550 N. Triphammer Rd. (corner of Burdick Hill Rd.)                                                                                                                                                                                                         to honor Holocaust victims and symbolizes how life can continue even
Ithaca area is considered                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             under adverse conditions.                                                                  City, State, Zip
                                                                          Lansing, NY
a member of the IAUJC.
Representing many facets of the Jewish
                                                              Mail:       PO Box 3981, Ithaca NY 14852                                                                                                                                Gan Shalom Jewish Preschool                                                                     Hadassah                                                                                   q Check is enclosed for $
                                                              Telephone: 607-256-1471                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Gifts to IAUJC are tax deductible to the extent of the law.
community, the IAUJC’s 20-member volunteer                                                                                                                                                                                            Address:       402 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850                                         (The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc.)
                                                              Website:    www.tikkunvor.org
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     607-273-5775, ext. 208




                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nancy Braun
governing Board solicits charitable gifts from                                                                                                                                                                                        Telephone:                                                                                                                                                                                 Please make checks payable to Ithaca Area United Jewish Community
                                                              Contact:    Abbe Lyons, Student Cantor                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Telephone: 607-273-7088
the greater Ithaca community. Hundreds of                                                                                                                                                                                             Website:       www.TBEithaca.org                                                                                                                                                           and mail to: IAUJC, PO Box 4214, Ithaca, NY 14852-4214
                                                                          Naomi Wilensky, Administrative Coordinator                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Website:   www.hadassah.org
individuals and households contribute to IAUJC’s                                                                                                                                                                                      Contact:       Gan Shalom c/o Temple Beth-El
                                                              Presidents: Patti Jacobsen and Diana Levy                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Contact:   Nancy Emerson                                                                   We also invite you to participate in any/all of our diverse
annual campaign and donors indicate what portion of                                                                                                                                                                                   Gan Shalom Jewish Preschool is a parent-cooperative program located
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 activities and constituent groups.
                                                              Congregation Tikkun v’Or (Healing and Light) is a progressive congregation that strives for a warm personal bond among its members, quality education for                                                                                                               Hadassah, is a volunteer women’s organization whose members are
their donation should be spent locally and/or globally.       the children, and a dynamic program for adults. Membership is open to all who seek a liberal Reform Jewish experience. We invite all to see our beautiful
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      at Temple Beth-El in downtown Ithaca. It is a diverse, liberal Jewish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      motivated and inspired to strengthen their partnership with Israel,
The global portion is sent to the national United Jewish                                                                                                                                                                              learning environment for children 2-5 years of age. Its child-centered                                                                                                                     Please send me/us information about:
                                                              sacred space and gorgeous views.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ensure Jewish continuity, and realize their potential as a dynamic force                   q Community celebrations
Communities (formerly the UJA), which allocates the                                                                                                                                                                                   curriculum includes developmentally appropriate Jewish and secular
                                                              Schedule: Kabbalat Shabbat services most Fridays at 7:30 pm, Family dinner (6 p.m.) and services (7 p.m.) once each month. Shabbat morning services,                    themes, designed to engage the child’s mind, body, and spirit in the                            in American society.                                                                       q How to get involved with the IAUJC
funds to projects in Israel and to needy Jews abroad.         chavurah services, and Tot Shabbat, too. Guest speakers, brown bag discussions, and holiday services scheduled regularly. Check the website for more                                                                                                                                                                                                               q How to include the Jewish community in my estate plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      learning process. Gan Shalom’s classrooms are stocked with a rich and                           In Israel, Hadassah initiates and supports pace-setting health care,
The local portion is awarded through a formal grant           weekly schedules, information and updates.                                                                                                                              varied selection of hands-on learning materials, and the facility includes                      education and youth institutions, and land development to meet the
application process and to other causes related to            Religious education in the Reform tradition is offered for children from age 5 to bar/bat mitzvah. K–7th grade meet on Sunday mornings. Sixth and seventh               a spacious, enclosed outdoor yard as well as a large indoor gross motor                         country’s changing needs. Hadassah enhances the quality of American
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Questions/comments? Please contact Marjorie Hoffman at:
the Jewish community. We invite members to become             grade students receive additional Hebrew classes and B’nai mitzvah preparation on Wednesday afternoons. Hebrew for prayer is studied using Mitkadem,                    play area. Gan Shalom is open to all Jewish children; congregational                            and Jewish life through its education and Zionist youth programs,                                      (607) 257-9924 or marjorie@twcny.rr.com
active volunteers and donors with the IAUJC.                  part of URJ’s core Hebrew curriculum. Programs for teens, including training to be madrichim (teaching assistants) held regularly.                                      affiliation is not required. Classes meet from 9:00 to 12:00, for two to five                   promotes health awareness, and provides personal enrichment                                                  Visit us on-line: www.iaujc.org
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and growth for its members.
                                                              Various Adult Education classes are offered throughout the year, including Hebrew, Basic Judaism, and Adult Bat Mitzvah.                                                weekdays, during the academic school year.
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