Our Community

TIRS Jan 5

What makes Temple Israel different?

Vibrant engagement with Judaism and the community…

There’s something special about Temple Israel, the way that young and old alike brim with enthusiasm about all the fantastic things that are happening at Temple, right here, right now. And we want you to be a part of it.

We encourage you to connect to your Judaism in a new, engaging way.  As part of the Temple Israel community, you’ll be part of something wonderful that will enrich your life personally and spiritually. You will make Jewish friends, celebrate your traditions, and have the opportunity to think, explore and take action on your Jewish values.

But first, you ought to know, we’re not your typical synagogue. We may look like a typical synagogue. We have traditional services. We celebrate simchas and holidays. We have a very beautiful sanctuary. But Temple Israel is that, and much more.

We also have alternative services, family services, children services and a rock band (that plays at Friday services once a month). We have ongoing senior educational and social programs and the TI Social Club. We have learned, scholarly rabbis who directly touch the lives of congregants through their inspiring adult education classes. You could not ask for better teachers. But one of these rabbis might be sighted in yoga pants at our High Holy Day Restorative Yoga and Meditation class, and the other could just as easily be found teaching preschoolers, dressed up as Elvis for Purim.

VISION Statement
Temple Israel is a sacred community that strives to inspire all to enjoy meaningful relationships with each other, the broader community, Torah and God through traditional and innovative expressions of Judaism.

To view Temple Israel’s MISSION statement, please click here.

To view our 2015-2016 Annual Report, please click here.

Our house, your home…

Our Interfaith members are struck not only by the welcome they receive from the rabbis, but also from other members.  Young couples and singles are making connections with other young professionals through Torah on Tap programs, and parents cannot believe how our youth program has grown by leaps and bounds thanks in large part to our energetic, dynamic youth director.

Youth have opportunities to grow socially and academically, as they make lifetime Jewish friends at Temple Israel.  This year Temple Israel Religious School is transforming its approach to be more flexible to meet the changing needs of our families.  Our core program will provide 3-hours of study and amazingly fun engagement on Sunday morning, with optional Tuesday electives taught directly by our clergy.  Read more about these exciting changes by clicking here.

Once you get to know us, you’ll understand that Temple Israel congregants have a deep commitment to Tikkun Olam, care for the world around us. Over 300 members participate every year in our Social Action programs, which help the least fortunate in our community and get congregants involved in substantial, life changing ways.

Come visit.

We encourage you and your family to come for a visit…planned or spontaneous.  Drop-in on one of our many religious, social or educational programs.  Bring your family to a service. Join us for a class or an event. We welcome visitors to join us any time.

Want to learn more about our community?  Contact us at 704-362-2796, or fill out the form below.

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