Friday evening services are held at 5:30 pm. It is a highly participatory celebratory
wonderful way to welcome Shabbat. The melodies are a combination of both old
Saturday morning services are at 9:15 am. So many things are happening every
Shabbat morning. It could be a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, an Uufruf, an extraordinary
scholar-in-residence, birthday blessings, or just the warmth and rhythm of
a regular Shabbat morning service.
Members of the congregation and its friends read the Torah. The liturgy is
both traditional, impressive and uplifting. There is a wonderful combination
of informality, religious significance and even some light hearted humor that
makes the Shabbat morning service the highlight of so many within the Temple
Adath faith community.
Members of the congregation and their families are encouraged to chant Haftorot
and be participating members of our congregation. It is always followed with
a delicious kiddush and frequently a lunch.
Saturday afternoon services times are available by calling the Temple office,
or on the Heb. Cal on the Temple Website. The Saturday afternoon service always
includes the impressive Havdalah service at which time youngsters of all ages
are called to the bima to hold the Havdalah candle as well as the distribution
of sweets and candies indicating the sweetness of a new week.
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Temple Adath Yeshurun is the only congregation in the Central New York area
that provides an Egalitarian daily Minyan everyday of the week. The morning
Minyan Monday through Friday meets at 7:30 am, Sunday morning 9:00 am. Every
evening 5:30 pm.
The morning Minyan is a special group of people not all
Temple Adath members but a place where those who “walk through the valley of the shadow” have
the opportunity in the comfort of a supportive community to say Kaddish. It
is a highly participatory service, so even those who have difficulty with Hebrew
or cannot read, still feel comfortable in the Minyan community. Immediately
after the morning service there is a delicious breakfast that our Rabbi Sherman
likes to describe “as the best breakfast in town. Nourishment for the
body, nourishment for the soul.
Each week Torah is chanted by members of the Temple Adath family. Dr.
Ran Anbar is our coordinator. We
strive to engage our youth by inviting every b’nai mitzvah back to
the synagogue to read torah after his/her simcha. Each year on Rosh Hashanah
and Yom Kippur, the haftarot are chanted by the b’nai mitzvah of the
The Temple Adath Junior Congregation meets twice monthly - the first and third Saturday of the month - in the Library on
Shabbat morning from 10:30 to 11:30 during the school year. (Check the
monthly Temple Adath Calendar for dates.) The services are conducted by the
Director of Education, Devorah Lowenstein; Dr. Ran Anbar, the Torah reading coordinator;
and teenage volunteers. The themes vary from week to week and are based
on the Torah portion of the week and holidays.
Activities include prayers led by the children, reading of the Torah, storytelling,
games and a raffle with prizes. There are other fun surprises such as
a chocolate Kiddush after services, Backwards Day and Crazy Kippah Day just
to keep things interesting.
All children who attend at least 10 Junior Congregation services during the
year are recognized wi! th a special certificate and prize in the Spring.
Every holiday has its own rhythm and fragrance. Beginning
days before Rosh Hashanah, Selihot evening, the midnight
service becomes an evening of learning, yearning
and expression. In the recent past we have had presentations,
among others, Dr. Fred Epstein renown pediatric neurosurgeon
and author. Mordecai Rosenstein calligrapher and
artist. Danny Siegel, the “Jewish Pied Piper”.
Professor Benjamin Gampel, Professor of Medieval
Jewish History the Jewish Theological Seminary of
America. Steven McDonald a New York City policemen
shot and paralyzed in the line of duty an inspiration
to all. CNN Correspondent Wolf Blitzer; Harvard doctor
and author Bill Thomas, MD; and raconteur/storyteller
Moshe Waldoks. The Selihot service introduces the
High Holy Day liturgy and moments of meditation,
and the uplifting endowment of our memorial plaques.
For Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur
Adath has an open seating policy for its members and friends. There are no
reserved seats. Your out of town relatives and friends are always invited to
be our complimentary guests.
Some of the Adath High Holy Day traditions include on Rosh Hashanah, the blessing
of our newborns, born the year previously as tens and tens of families ascend
the pulpit for a special Rosh Hashanah blessing as well as a lovely gift, a
Temple Adath t-shirt appropriate for an infant. Tashlich, going down to Meadowbrook
Drive where more then a hundred members of the congregation, the first day
of Rosh Hashanah, symbolically throw our sins away.
Yom Kippur day includes our Martyrology Service – personal and poignant
stories about Temple Adath members who have survived the Holocaust. These stories
teach us about perseverance, courage, hope and optimism. We end the holiday
with a family Havdalah service. Children of our congregation march down the
aisles of our sanctuary as we say farewell to the High Holy Days and usher
in the new year.
We celebrate Sukkot by putting a contemporary
twist on the traditional dinner in the Sukkah. Our “Pizza in the Hut,” a
meal immediately following services, appeals to every member of the family.
Our uplifting celebration of Simchat Torah gives
everyone an opportunity to march our Torahs around the sanctuary in honor of
the gift of Torah. There is wonderful, celebratory music, and you can expect
to see hundreds of people dancing throughout the synagogue and its grounds.
At Blessing of the Animals “Father
Noah” leads a special service on Temple grounds to bless our animals.
This very popular, lighthearted event recognizes the Noah portion of the Torah,
and celebrates the companionship and special bond we share with our pets. Refreshments
are served and children are delighted by a variety of loveable cartoon characters
who mingle with the crowd.
Our Hanukkah evening offers food, fun,
songs, games, warmth and light for the whole family. Each year our Hanukkah
dinner has a different theme with decorations and some foods to match. The evening is geared to informal interaction among the
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On Purim we offer a casual, family-style
dinner followed by the Megillah reading; a costume parade; and our very own
Purimshpeil, you never know what you will see on the pulpit! This is a night
of celebration and craziness and the enthusiastic shaking of groggers is encouraged!
There is Purim, not just the traditional reading of our Megillah but a Purimspeil
with great music, costumes and story, good humor, good fun.
Temple Adath hosts two congregational Seders for Pesach (Passover), which are open to the entire community. Ours are beautiful
and meaningful Seders appealing to both children and adults alike. The Rabbi
and Cantor lead us in explanation and song, focusing on a different Jewish
tradition each night. Plan to brush up on your knowledge of the holiday for
the annual Shabbat Matzah Bowl, which takes place the Saturday before Passover.
Temple Adath is the only congregation in the Syracuse area that provides two
Kosher Seders for our community.
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For Yom Shoah we
commemorate this holiday in temple with services,
and at home by lighting yellow candles, which are
distributed to the Jewish community. The Yellow Candle Program is a national
undertaking, and Temple Adath is honored to be the only local synagogue to
Tikun Leyl Shavuot which celebrates
the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people, has traditionally been a
time of study. We spend the evening together with friends and family at
trying to understand what the Torah can teach us through a variety of lectures
and workshops. Our morning Shavuot service includes our impressive Confirmation
Temple Adath was one
of the first congregations in North America to use
the Siddur Sim Shalom, the prayerbook of the Conservative
Movement. We are very proud that the Chumash, the
Torah volume we use in our congregation (popularly
to as the Hertz Chumash) and use in congregations
throughout the world, began here at Temple Adath.
Our very first
Rabbi, the late Rabbi Joseph H. Hertz was also the
first graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary
of America, the fountain head institution of the
Movement. After serving in Syracuse, Dr. Hertz was
called to Johannesburg, South Africa and then to
London, England where he served with distinction
as Chief Rabbi
of the British Empire. We take great pride in our
Rabbinic leadership, from Rabbi Hertz, to our present