Town & Village Synagogue Building Community & Commitment Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:22:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Unplug & Enjoy Shabbat Across America Dinner with us ~ Friday March 3 ~ ASL too Tue, 31 Jan 2017 18:47:28 +0000 ]]> SAA Flyer 2017Unplug* and join us for a Lovely Shabbat Celebration at T&V ~

March 3, 2017!

Evening Service at 6pm, followed by a delicious Shabbat dinner (wines too)

ASL-logo_jpg (2)ASL Interpretation at 6pm Service and 7pm Dinner

Adult Price: $26 per person

Special Family & Children Prices
$50 for a family- Call the office to reserve for family price!
Children under 5 years old: FREE
Youngins (6-12 years old): $5
Teens (13-18 years old): $15

RSVP by NOON Tuesday, February 28
Call Sarah at or 212.677-8090 x0 or sign up on Chaverweb~
visit and click on Event Sign-up.

Everyone’s welcome!

Following dinner, children are invited to join Julia for Shabbat friendly games in the Chapel.

* = Download this handy “I’m unplugged for Shabbat” voicemail greeting to your phone!



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Purim EXTRAVAGANZA! Megillah, Kids’ Program, Spiel, Music, Dancing & MORE! Mon, 30 Jan 2017 07:00:17 +0000 ]]>  Here’s what’s happening at Town & Village for PURIM!   

Purim Flyer 2017                                       Artwork by Sarah Hudkins 2017

Click here to order your Shalach Manot goodies for friends and family: Shalach Manot 2017 Order Form

To learn more about the ASL interpretation of Purim and other Town & Village services, please contact Bram at or (212) 677-0368.




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Shaharit Institute’s Lecture Series on Israeli Diversity and Politics Tue, 24 Jan 2017 21:21:37 +0000 ]]> Shaharit 1 2017


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Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, HIAS, to speak on Shabbat March 25 Wed, 28 Dec 2016 20:23:43 +0000 ]]> HIAS Speaker 3-25-17

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Jewish- Austrian Cultural Identity after the Shoah~ Sunday, March 26 @5pm Tue, 27 Dec 2016 20:27:59 +0000 ]]> Austrian Jews Talk 3.26.17

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Prayer for the People- A New Take on Learner’s Minyan – Everyone Welcome! Wed, 07 Sep 2016 17:05:14 +0000 ]]> “Prayer for the People”: Learner’s Minyan 5777

Everyone’s welcome to join.


“Prayer for the People” is a practical hands-on learning community within Town and Village’s spiritual home. This minyan will daven (pray) an abbreviated version of the entire service each week, adding additional lines to each of the prayers week after week. In this way the participants will do serious consistent learning and daven. Members will develop confidence in the recitation of each prayer’s ancient words and melodies. We will learn to focus our sacred concentration (kavanah) towards the timeless themes that these prayers evoke, and explore what we, as dynamic individuals, can reveal for ourselves and for others in these prayers.

“Prayer for the People” is a true hevre, a community, of spiritual seekers who learn from one another. Accordingly there will be optional “Prayer for the People” Shabbat dinners and lunches scheduled throughout the year to enjoy each other’s’ company and strengthen our bonds.

“Prayer for the People” will be held on the following dates from 10:30-11:30am. We will then go upstairs to the sanctuary for Rabbi Sebert’s drash and the Musaf service.

Come pray and learn with us this year!

Shabbat mornings for 2016-17

October 8, 22
November 5, 19
December 3, 17, 31
January 28
February 11, 25
March 11, 25
April 8, 22
May 13, 20
June 3, 17
July 1, 15, 29


Bronwen Mullin is a playwright, composer, educator and rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She earned her B.A. at Sarah Lawrence College in Theater and Religious Studies and was an Arts Fellow from 2008-2011 in Musical Theater Composition at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. Bronwen is the co-founder of MetaPhys-Ed, a gymnasium for the multi-media exegesis of Jewish texts with performance artist/director Jesse Freedman. Bronwen is also leading T&V’s Artist’s Beit Midrash, now in its second year!


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Sell Your Hametz before Pesach Thu, 07 Apr 2016 19:02:19 +0000 ]]> Dear Friends,

It is that time of year when we remove all hametz — leavened products — from our possession. To facilitate this process legally, it is the custom to appoint me as your agent to sell your hametz to a non-Jew. The article below gives a clear explanation of the removal and sale of hametz.

To fulfill your obligation to sell your hametz, please fill out this form and return it to me, in person or via email by Friday, April 22, 2016 at 8:00 AM.

When you complete the form, please consider making a donation for “Maot Hittim” -feeding the needy- an important Passover mitzvah. On Sunday April 10, our students packaged Passover boxes for Project Ezra- a local grass roots organization serving the low-income Jewish elderly on the Lower East Side. Feel free to donate to that effort (up until April 22). Any amount is gratefully accepted- $63 buys a full box of Passover necessities.

Please complete the form below and return no later than 8:00 AM Friday, April 22, 2016.

Wishing you a wonderful Pesah from your T&V family!

Rabbi Sebert


 Agency Appointment for Sale of Hametz

 Note: If possible, all hametz – food not acceptable during Pesah (Passover), or materials containing such unacceptable food – should be destroyed or given away before the holiday begins. Should this be impossible, the hametz may be stored in such a way that we are sure not to use it during the holiday and its actual ownership is transferred to a non-Jew until the holiday ends.

I, the undersigned, fully empower and permit Rabbi Laurence A. Sebert to act in my behalf to sell all hametz possessed by me – knowingly or unknowingly – as defined by Torah and rabbinic law, and to lease all places wherein hametz owned may be found. This transaction will be in effect for the duration of Pesah, which this year begins with sundown of April 22, 2016 and runs through Saturday, April 30, 2016 at nightfall.

And to this I hereby attach my name and address on this ____ day of _________, in the year 2016.


Address: _________________________________________________



Hameitz: Laws & Customs Rabbi Alan Lucas Adapted from The Observant Life

There are few aspects of Jewish observance as complicated as preparing for Passover. The Torah, at Exodus 12:15–20, prohibits the eating of leavened food, popularly called hameitz, during the entire festival. But the situation is even more stringent than that, for the halakhah forbids not only eating hameitz, but even deriving any benefit from it or permitting the presence in our homes of any hameitz that belongs to us during the entire festival period. It is this last requirement that results in the kind of intense labor most of us associate with preparing for Passover.

The forbidden substance, hameitz, is defined as any food made of any of the five species of grain—wheat, barley, oats, spelt, and rye—that has been made wet with water, then left unbaked for more than eighteen minutes. Baking halts the leavening process, so if water is added to any of the above grains but baked within the eighteen-minute period, it is deemed to be unleavened. This is why matzah is called “unleavened bread,” as it is supervised to give assurance that no more than eighteen minutes ever elapse between the time the water is added and the time it finishes baking. To the five original grains, Ashkenazic custom adds rice, corn, millet, and certain kinds of legumes, generally called kitniyyot, for reasons that are explained below.

The Search for Hameitz

Since the possession of any amount of hameitz at all is considered a violation of the law, great effort must be made to remove all food substances that contain hameitz from the home before Passover. After intense cleaning and the removal of all visible hameitz, a search—popularly called b’dikat hameitz—is undertaken the night before Passover after sundown. (This search takes place on Thursday evening when the first night of Passover falls on Saturday night.) Since, by now, almost all hameitz should have been removed from the house, it is customary to leave a few crumbs of bread or cake (or any leavened substance) around the house so that something can be found and the search will not feel as though it were carried out in vain. A candle is lit and used to search out the hameitz hidden in even the darkest recesses of the house.

The blessing recited before the search can be found at the beginning of the Passover Haggadah (a one-page version adapted from the Feast of Freedom Haggadah is available here). Then, after the search concludes, a special prayer is recited that declares any unlocated hameitz to be null and void, “as if it did not exist,” and affirms that a good-faith effort was made to find and remove all hameitz in one’s possession. The text of this declaration too can be found in the front of any Passover Haggadah. One who is away from home on the night before Pesah can perform the b’dikah earlier (Magein Avraham to SA Orah Hayyim 432:6; Mishnah B’rurah ad loc., note 10). Those who will be away for the entire holiday can sell their hameitz early and not be obligated for b’dikah (Mishnah B’rurah to SA Orah Hayyim 436:32).

The Destruction of Hameitz

The next morning we participate in a ceremonial burning of the small amount of hameitz that was found during the search the night before. This ceremonial burning is called biur hameitz (“destruction of hameitz”). This can be done at home, but some communities sponsor communal bonfires where the public brings hameitz for burning. A declaration similar to the one made after the search for leaven the previous evening is recited following the burning of the hameitz. The remaining crumbs of hameitz must be destroyed long before noon on the day before Passover (Most synagogues announce the precise time by which the hameitz must be destroyed so as not to require individuals to calculate the precise time on their own).

The deadline for actually eating hameitz, however, is even earlier than that. Nor, however, may matzah be eaten on the eve of Passover until the seder meal itself (SA Orah Hayyim 471:2). And some suggest that one should not eat matzah from Rosh Hodesh Nisan on in order to increase one’s appetite for the mitzvah of matzah on the first night of Passover (Mishnah B’rurah to SA Orah Hayyim, loc. cit., note 11).

The Selling of Hameitz

Finally, there is the custom of selling hameitz. The original intention of tradition was completely to rid one’s house of all traces of hameitz. As time went on and households grew in size, this became more difficult, more costly, and more wasteful. In turn, this led to the creation of a legal mechanism known as m’khirat hameitz, the selling of leavened foods. The procedure is as follows. All remaining hameitz is put out of sight for the entire length of the festival. It is then formally sold to a non-Jew. Even though it remains in the house, it is no longer deemed technically to be in one’s legal possession and thus, equally technically, not to contravene the requirement to rid one’s home of hameitz. This hameitz may be purchased back after the conclusion of the holiday. Most often, this sale is a service arranged by synagogues with the rabbi acting as the community’s agent. Through a formal procedure, interested parties give the rabbi the authority to sell their remaining hameitz, which is accomplished through a formal transaction with a non-Jew some time before the deadline for possessing hameitz in a Jewish home. The sale involves certain requirements on the part of the purchaser, however, and, when the non-Jewish purchaser does not complete the requirements of the sale at the end of the holiday, the hameitz reverts back to its original owners. Some rabbis actually repurchase the hameitz formally to restore it to its original owners after the festival ends.

In any event, it is not sufficient merely to store away hameitz in a Jewish home over Passover and not sell it formally because of the concept of hameitz she-avar alav ha-Pesah, hameitz after the holiday ends that somehow remained in the possession of a Jew during Passover. Any such hameitz may not be eaten after Passover, as a kind of punishment for ignoring this stricture against owning hameitz during the festival. So it is important to either get rid of or sell hameitz before Passover.

RA Pesach Guide

The Rabbinical Assembly Pesach guide is a brief outline of the policies and procedures relevant to the preparation of a kosher for Pesach home.

This guide is intended to help families maintain a kosher for Pesach home in accordance with the principles of Conservative Judaism and its understanding of Jewish Law.

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Bim Bom Baby is BACK! Sing, Dance, Rattle & Roll on Tuesdays! Sun, 21 Feb 2016 14:29:43 +0000 ]]> Class will begin in Spring 2017. Email for more information.

Below you will find information from 2016.

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20s & 30s Shabbat Meals and MORE! Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:00:01 +0000 The second Friday of every month following Shabbat services.  Food and fun specially designed for those in their 20′s and 30′s.  Bring friends, colleagues, significant others, partners, spouses, or come alone and meet new people!

Sukkot Party 2015 2

Click here for a full schedule of our Fabulous Friday Night Shabbat dinners

Town and Village offers a wonderfully rich inter-generational community that we invite you to experience. We offer Friday evening programming — the second Friday of every month — specially designed for those in their 20′s and 30′s. We also host happy hours & will begin to offer other events. All young adults and graduate students are welcome to join us for these events, and for our weekly Shabbat services and holiday celebrations. Bring friends, colleagues, significant others, partners, spouses, or come alone and meet new people!

Click here for frequently asked questions

TO JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST, or if you have any questions, send an email to so we can invite you to our upcoming events.


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Yom Hashoah Commemoration Fri, 22 Mar 2013 19:11:31 +0000 Join us Sunday April 7 at 7PM

Yom Hashoah

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