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MISSION AND VISION  

Temple Israel celebrates the diversity of our congregational family and is fully committed to sustaining and growing a community that deeply values and respects that diversity.  

The Inclusion Committee is committed to making Temple Israel a safe, welcoming, and inclusive Jewish community for all people, including interfaith families, without regard to religious upbringing, education, level of observance, wealth, ethnic origin, skin color, physical or mental limitations, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  

Our committee members are a diverse group of TI members who care deeply about ensuring that Temple Israel is welcoming and inclusive of all, both those who are currently connected to our community and those who wish to be connected. We educate ourselves and the community regarding contemporary issues pertaining to issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. 

Areas of specific focus for this committee include: 

  • Interfaith And Differing Backgrounds  

  • Accessibility  

  • Communication  

  • Gender And Sexuality  

  • Racial Justice 

At Temple Israel, we are grateful for the diverse journeys that bring people to our community. At the core of our Jewish tradition, we understand ourselves to be commanded by God to love and embrace all people, no matter their background or ethnicity. Our community includes those who have been Jewish their whole lives; those who have chosen to join the Jewish people as part of their own spiritual journeys; and interfaith families. We believe that we are strengthened by the gifts that all members of our community bring, and we extend a warm welcome to those who - through their love for members of the Jewish people - are part of our family and fellow travelers in our work to make the world more filled with caring, love and responsibility. We hope that you too will find a place in our community. If you want to learn, to join in prayer, to help repair the world or to forge community together - Temple Israel welcomes you.  

Want to take a first step? Contact the Inclusion (outreach) committee here or by reaching out to one of our rabbis: Rabbi Leslie Gordon and Rabbi Rachel Silverman