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Membership

Importance of Temple Affiliation

As a practical matter, a supportive membership is the only means by which Temple Israel can hope to keep its doors open, offering comfort and community in times of need and in times of joy.

We hope you'll decide to be part of our vibrant Jewish Community. We want to share your simchas (joys) and be there when you need companionship. Within our community, you will find people with varied interests and skills with whom you will share common beliefs and develop meaningful friendships. We want to maintain and transmit to the next generation the Jewish values and traditions with which you were raised. 

Traditions - Old and New

We're building new traditions on the shoulders of our long-standing ones. Experience them with us!

Finding the right shul is like finding long lost family. You may never have known that they existed, but from the first moment you meet them, you know one another. We hope that you will instantly feel your extended family grow as you become part of the Temple Israel community. We are proud to offer programs for all ages-from babies to members who have been with us for decades. What makes us most proud is the sense of mutual support and rootedness that our synagogue provides. We hope you make our shul your family’s second home.

Temple Israel warmly welcomes interfaith families, individuals of all abilities, backgrounds and sexual orientations.

Whether you were born Jewish, have chosen Judaism, or are part of a Jewish couple or a Jewish family, interfaith couples and families are an integral part of our congregation, reflecting the diversity of an ever-widening variety of people committed to or interested in Jewish life.

 

Welcoming Clergy

Rabbi Ron Fish, his wife Leah Bieler and family (4 kids ages 12-21) are thrilled to have found their 2nd home at Temple Israel since 2015. Rabbi Fish was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in 1996 and previously served as rabbi at Congregation Beth El in Norwalk, CT. The Fish-Bielers look forward to hosting you for Shabbat basketball in the summers, learning and praying with you throughout the year, and to getting to know you and your family.

Rabbi Rachel Silverman looks forward to spending time with you! Having grown up in Easton, Rabbi Silverman was thrilled to return to her roots, in 2016, when she joined the clergy team at Temple Israel. A few of her favorite parts of being a rabbi are sharing Shabbat dinners with congregants, teaching our children, joining families in their special lifecycle moments, and helping people find their place in our congregation. Ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2010, Rabbi Silverman lives in Sharon with her husband Josh, their children Anna, Danny, and Benjamin, and their dog Abby.     

 

Membership has its privileges

The benefits of membership are almost too many to list. However, the biggest benefit is community.

But why join Temple Israel? For starters...

  • A warm, friendly, traditional egalitarian conservative congregation;
  • High Holy Day tickets included in membership;
  • Prayer services ranging from traditional Shabbat services to Mishpacha Minyan (song-filled, community-led) or Bim Bam Shabbat (family-focused, clergy-led) services on Friday night and Tot Shabbat, Junior Congregation, meditation/drum circle Shabbat and Shabbat Outdoors on Saturdays;
  • Daily Minyan, the only twice-daily egalitarian minyan between Newton and Providence;
  • A vibrant Religious School
  • Social Action Opportunities for all Ages
  • Hessed (Caring Community)
  • Life-cycle events such as baby naming, bar/bat mitzvah, wedding, and funeral services;
  • Discounts on facility rentals;

And more!

Join Us!

We look forward to getting to know you!

If you have any questions about membership or to request additional information, please contact Executive Director Joshua Blumenthal by email or at 781-784-3986 ext. 16.

You may also download and email him a membership form when you are ready to join us.

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