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, including our monthly Pray and Play, insightful Talmud Torah classes for adults, exciting holiday programming, and outreach to all members. Her innovative "Kabbalat Shabbat visits our elderly" is a monthly mitzvah project the congregation has successful fulfilled for three 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 April 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 and her husband Tim live in Vestal and enjoy art galleries, bicycling and cooking for shabbos guests.