Because prayer is a language each of us speaks and hears in a different way, we try to find meaning within the chorus of diverse voices. With her engaging sermons and stimulating teachings, Rabbi Olshein shows us how the lessons from the past are relevant to our lives today.
We welcome and encourage congregational participation in our many religious, social and educational programs offered throughout the year.
Temple Israel's Shabbat celebration begins every week 30 minutes before services with our "Proneg" (our wine and appetizer "nosh" before services) to help us wind down from our busy weeks and get to know each other as a community.
Additionally, about once per month, we host a morning worship service called “Out of the Box Shabbat” from (approximately). During this informal worship experience (usually accompanied by guitar), the Rabbi focuses the readings and discussion on a theme from the week’s Torah portion. This service is followed by a light Kiddush luncheon for all who attend. (No RSVP necessary.)
Our services are fully egalitarian (men and women participate equally) and we strive to create a healthy balance between the traditional and the creative. Services are intentionally balanced in Hebrew and English, and our prayer book is fully transliterated to be accessible for the non-Hebrew reader. Additionally, we project all of the words to our prayers on our large screens at the front of the congregation. We use both traditional and contemporary melodies to make our worshipers feel at home no matter their background.
We invite you to come pray and learn with Rabbi Olshein, Cantor Michael Kruk, and our special instrumentalists, as we celebrate Shabbat and the Jewish holidays together!