Rabbi Tziona Szajman
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Rabbi Tziona Szajman has been Temple Israel’s spiritual leader since June 2007.
Since arriving in Vestal, Rabbi Szajman has brought to Temple Israel spiritual Young Family Programming, insightful Talmud Torah classes for adults, grief support, and outreach to all members. Her innovative "Kabbalat Shabbat visits our elderly" is a monthly mitzvah project the congregation has successful fulfilled for four years.
Born in Toronto, Canada, Rabbi Szajman is a graduate of McGill University and The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She has long been involved in Jewish Environmental Awareness and has served on the boards of COEJL and HAZON.
Rabbi Szajman is a strong supporter of fair trade and ending modern global slavery. In 2008, Rabbi Szajman brought together area churches, synagogues and mosques to host Simon Deng, escaped slave from Sudan, at an evening of education at Temple Israel. She continues to work to raise awareness of the genocide and slavery in Sudan and around the world. (American Jewish World Service).
In 2013 Rabbi Szajman introduced the community to the documentary 400 Miles to Freedom. She is a member of the Be'chol Lashon Rabbinic Circle, advocating for the growth and diversity of the Jewish people.
Rabbi Szajman is co-founder of the Broome County Interfaith Clergy Association and a leader in the Children of Abraham Interfaith Project. She is a volunteer with the Broome County Red Cross and The Interfaith Housing Project.
Rabbi Szajman, her husband, Tim, and their daughter, Eliyana Bracha, live in Vestal and enjoy art galleries and museums, bicycling and cooking for shabbos guest