Mission & Values

Temple Israel is a welcoming center of Jewish life where members, newcomers and visitors of all ages and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to participate in Jewish practices, spirituality, learning and culture. We continually strengthen our connections to each other and join together to care for the greater community, Israel, and the world.

In order to achieve this vision we are guided by these four supporting principles:

  • We value the diversity that makes up our congregation.
  • We are open to change and seek ways to learn and grow.
  • We create space for people to explore alternative expressions of Jewish life that are rooted in our history.
  • We are committed to exploring and celebrating Judaism.

As our own Rabbi Brickner puts it: ”We truly are a caring congregation whose worship is lively and engaging, whose education is relevant and participatory and whose doors are open to all people looking for meaning and love in their life.”