Yom Chamishi, 2 Elul 5774

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The Alternative Reform Congregation in Great Neck

We are significantly smaller than the other congregations in the community, and unique in our commitment to preserving the essence of Judaism without some of the structure and formalities.

At a typical Shabbat service, the weekly Torah portion may spark a lively discussion about a current event or social issue. And our religious school provides high-quality Jewish education in an environment that fosters the growth and individuality of each student. Temple Isaiah is a place where it is easy to get involved and to be heard. If belonging to a "large family" rather than a small synagogue appeals to you - a place where you can maintain and enhance your Jewish connections in a friendly and non-competitive environment - Temple Isaiah may be the right choice.

w-theodoretsuruoka-090413 ForwardFor another perspective on Rabbi Theodore Tsuruoka and Temple Isaiah, see "How an Asian Convert to Judaism Became Unlikely Leader of Unusual Synagogue" published September 8, 2013 in The Jewish Daily Forward.

Meet Temple Isaiah

Welcome from the Rabbi

Rabbi holding torah 1Shalom uvracha - Peace and blessing to you! It is my pleasure to welcome you to Temple Isaiah of Great Neck as a member, guest or potential new member. I hope you will find our temple a source of spiritual solace, intellectual stimulation, and friendship. We are an intimate congregation, where "everyone knows your name," and we pride ourselves in caring for one another — whether it's a ride to temple on Friday evening, or a call just to see how you're doing (of course, if you desire privacy, we'll respect that also). I believe Temple Isaiah is unique among liberal Jewish congregations in the degree of freedom you will feel in expressing your own Judaism. We are a combination of traditional values and practices mixed together with the freedom to try out different ideas of worship. Each of us is on his or her own spiritual journey. Temple Isaiah is an ideal place to allow you to find your way home.  For more, please see my columns in the monthly Bulletin.

Welcome from the Co-Presidents

Terry and GailLong-time Temple Isaiah members, we believe that our co-presidency allows us to bring complementary strengths to the job. Gail is an attorney who practices under the name Gail Jacobs, and Terry is an educator. Our goal is to enhance congregants’ connections to the life of the synagogue in ways that are personally meaningful to them, while maintaining the traditions of the synagogue’s 45 year history.

We believe that one of Temple Isaiah’s unique strengths is its friendly, small-town environment, led by a thoughtful and caring Rabbi. It is a place where congregants feel at home as they worship, learn and socialize together. Gail and Terry welcome your energy and in-put regarding the unique collaborative effort that is Temple Isaiah of Great Neck. If you have never visited, we invite you to attend services or a program in the near future. We look forward to meeting you.  For more, please see our columns in the monthly Bulletin.

Religious and Hebrew School

3boysschooltorahWe are a comprehensive religious school for students through 8th grade, with small classes designed to address the needs and abilities of each student.  Click here for details.

Adult B'Nei Mitzvah

BneiMitzforfrontpageNever had a Bar or Bat Mitzvah?  Or want to relive the experience?  We have adult B'Nei Mitzvah classes followed by a Shavuot celebration.  Click here for details.

The Temple Isaiah Holocaust Memorial and Archive

Holocaust archiveTemple Isaiah is host to an electronic archive of video remembrances, letters, photos, and more.  Come visit to experience this memorial.  Click here for details.

Summer 2014 box

Upcoming Events


Aug.29.2014 7:30pm
Shabbat Service


Sep.01.2014 12:30pm
Weight Watchers Mtg.


Sep.03.2014 7:30pm


Sep.05.2014 8:00pm
Shabbat Service


Sep.06.2014 9:30am
Torah Study & Service


Sep.06.2014 11:00am


Sep.08.2014 12:30pm
Weight Watchers Mtg.


Sep.09.2014 7:30pm
Board of Trustees Meeting


Sep.12.2014 6:30pm
Choir Rehearsal


Sep.12.2014 8:00pm
Shabbat Service

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