Village Yontif is a non-denominational synagogue service where all are welcome to explore their spirituality as well as their connection to our ancestors, each other, and the melting pot that is New York City through prayer, song, ritual, story, reflection, and commentary (midrash).

Against Gun Violence

A prayer by Alden Solovy

God of the slain,
God of the murdered and the victim,
The voice of lamentation echoes across the land.
Wailing beside graves opened too soon,
Weeping beside stains of blood
From the dead and the injured
Pouring forth from bullet wounds:
The child shot,
The suicide,
The domestic assault,
The gang violence,
The mass murder,
The long night of death made easy by guns
And automatic weapons.
The long night of sorrow made easy
By reckless access to machines of slaughter.

Source of justice,
Rock of strength and truth,
You call upon us to stand
In the name of common sense and reason:
To witness on behalf of the innocent and the cut down –
The widowed, orphaned and bereaved –
To answer the scourge of senseless loss,
To advocate for gun control,
To remove military weapons from a civilian population,
To return sanity to our laws, our policies and our lives.

Bless those who dedicate themselves to gun control.
Grant them fortitude and perseverance.
May the work of their hands never falter
Nor despair deter them from their holy calling.

Weekly Shabbat Services

Join Us!

for our virtual Shabbat services.
We've been loving our weekly services, and the sense of community is restorative and healing. We hope that you will join us. 

Services run approximately 90 minutes.

A one-time registration for each is required.


Friday evening, Kabbalat Shabbat Services begin at 7:30 pm EST.

Soft beautiful traditional Shabbat melodies, more of a time for profound story-telling than study.
Services led by Daniel Neiden. Stories from Shellen Lubin

Saturday morning, Shabbat Services begin at 10:30 am EST.

Traditional prayers around the centerpiece of spirited, interactive discussions based on the parshat of the week.
Services led by Nancy Coren and/or Daniel Neiden. Commentary and reflection by Shellen Lubin.

Services are free. Donations are gratefully accepted.








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