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Adult Education: With a wide variety of courses and other learning opportunities, our Adult Educations programs allow the interested learner to deepen their understanding of Jewish prayer, text study, Israel, history, and Jewish life. Contact: Louise Sherby at for more information.

American Sign Language: The American Sign Language Committee organizes and provides American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation for a variety of Services and Events in order to make them accessible to the Jewish Deaf Community. Contact: Bram Weiser at for more information on services and how to donate.

College Committee: Works to maintain connection with college age students of T&V members. Among the activities the College Committee supports is sending holiday packages for Chanukah, Purim, and Passover to college students who cannot return home for the holidays.

Cook Feed Connect: This program engages community members to provide meals to families with newborns. For more information please contact Evelyn Litwinoff, or David Pasteelnick,

Ge’im Ba’Village: Plans and hosts events to help inform the T&V membership about various issue affecting the LGBTQ+ community and the many identities that the community comprises. This committee also advises clergy and administrative management on ways to ensure that T&V remains an inclusive environment for all members of the LGBTQ+ community. For more information please contact Kevin Farrelly at

Go Green Task Force: The Task Force aims to educate the T&V community about the applicability of Jewish values and text to environmental sustainability by expanding participation in the Go Green effort both at T&V and in their own homes.  For more information contact Susan Abramowitz at

HAZAK: The Hazak Committee is a relatively new committee, and is based on the principles and guidelines of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s Hazak program. Hazak’s purpose is to provide educational, social, and spiritual programming for individuals 55 years old and older. The Hazak Committee has had a “Fun and Games” afternoon and recently went to an off Broadway play. The Committee is also a clearinghouse for United Synagogue’s Camp Hazak. The Committee is always eager for new members to join and share their ideas. Please contact Marcia Goldstein at

Israel Action Committee: The Israel Action Committee creates opportunities to educate the T&V community about Israel, and to find meaningful ways of demonstrating support for the State of Israel. Contact Susan Abramowitz for more information.

If you or your children are visiting Israel, please contact our twin synagogue at

Jewish War Veterans: The former Jewish War Veterans Stuyvesant-Cooper Post 235 -- now called Jewish War Veterans USA Post 1, the oldest veterans echelon in the United States -- and Town & Village Synagogue both were founded in the late 1940s by many of the same veterans. This has resulted in a more than 70-year association between the Jewish War Veterans and our synagogue. When our synagogue moved into its current home in 1963, the Jewish War Veterans carried the Torahs.  Post 1 holds functions at our synagogue and supports our synagogue.  For more information, contact Jewish War Veterans leader and founding T&V member Jerry Alperstein at [212] 477-3131 and at

Kulanu: Kulanu is a space where joyful learning is prioritized, curiosity engaged, and community nurtured. Through the exploration of ethics, liturgy, Jewish ritual, and the strength of our diverse community, children and families emerge excited and prepared to integrate their own Jewish identity into everyday lives. Contact the office at for more information.

Member Services Task Force: The goal of the Member Services Task Force is to build connections among T&V members. The Task Force works with other T&V committees to develop skills in in-reach and building volunteer involvement. Contact:

Ritual Committee: Under the guidance of Rabbi Sebert and Cantor Postman, the Ritual Committee is involved with all aspects of the religious life of the synagogue. The committee plays a critical role in promoting a greater love of Jewish ritual and personal observance and, at the same time, assuring the congregation that the religious policy of the synagogue is followed. Members of the committee serve as liaison to families who want to celebrate a life cycle event in the synagogue, such as a baby-naming, Bar/Bat Mitzvah or aufruf. The members of the community are very active and the Ritual Committee involves as many people as possible through assigning Torah, Haftarah and Megillah readings as well as seeing to the daily morning minyan. We look forward to welcoming you to our community. 

          Chesed/ Committee: Organizes volunteers deliver food to the sick and homebound and participates in other charity projects throughout the year.

          Chevra Chesed Shel Emet: Sees to the needs of families in mourning, sending meals and arranging minyans for shivah.

Please contact Sharon Steinberg for more information on how to get involved with the Ritual Committee.  or

Social Work Committee: This committee is made up of retired social workers who gather information and build connection with larger NYC based organizations so that T&V can assist all of those who happen upon our doorstep.

T&V Together: The Committee aims to 1) identify and build leaders in the Synagogue Community; 2) identify social action projects of interest to the synagogue members; 3) work with interfaith groups, (other members of MetroIAF groups in the city and beyond) on social action projects; 4) facilitate one-to-one meetings among synagogue members as a means of community building; and 5) work with other downtown Jewish synagogues and organizations on activities of mutual interest. Contact Jackie Berkowitz for more information at

Young Adults (20s/30s/40s): Join adults in their 20s, 30s, and 40s for a variety of events, from dinners to parties and comedy shows! Led by a committee of young professionals, these fun events bring everyone together to connect with local Jewish life, the synagogue, and each other. The steering committee is planning new events to add to our calendar and always looking for help! Contact for more information on these amazing events and to get involved. 


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