Yom Shabbat, 19 Sivan 5776

TI for welcome

It is with greatest sorrow that we inform the Isaiah family of the death of our dear esteemed Rabbi Theodore Tsuruoka on March 27, 2016. We are saddened beyond words. Our loss is profound and painful. Rabbi Ted was unique in so many ways. He loved Judaism and all things Jewish. He was our spiritual and ethical guide. His passion and love for Isaiah was an inspiration to all.

May Rabbi Ted find peace and may Linda and the family be comforted by the Omnipresent One, as the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem have been comforted in the past. 

Kathie Davis and Helman Brook

The funeral  took place Tuesday, March 29, at Boulevard-Riverside Chapel in Hewlett, NY. During the period of mourning, which will end at Passover, non-religious programming and classes at the Temple will be postponed.  Saturday morning Torah study will continue as a tribute to Rabbi Ted.



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.

Temple Isaiah is a warm, welcoming, non-judgmental community of friends. We welcome all who seek a Jewish experience because we provide a setting where each individual can enjoy his or her own level of religious practice, spirituality and intellectual search.

We especially welcome interfaith families. We believe that non-Jewish spouses can enrich our congregation's understanding of Judaism and life in 21st century America. We also warmly welcome Jews-by-Choice on their sacred journey in their religious exploration of Jewish life.

Temple Isaiah offers a full range of religious services, courses in Torah and Jewish practice and discussion groups that are open and broad.  At a typical Shabbat service, the weekly Torah portion may spark a lively discussion about a current event or social issue. 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, and more recently in Newsday on the occasion of our traditional Second Night Passover Seder at the temple, 

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

Kathie and HelmanThe current co-presidents of Temple Isaiah of Great Neck are Helman Brook and Kathie Davis. Helman was previously president from 1989-1991. He is a retired lawyer. Kathie has been on the Board of Trustees for many years at the temple and has held several executive positions. She is a retired travel agent. She also works with cancer patients, helping them in their journey from illness to health.

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. Kathie and Helman 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.

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.


Upcoming Events


06.27.2016 10:30 am - 11:30 am


07.01.2016 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


07.02.2016 9:30 am - 10:30 am


07.04.2016 10:30 am - 11:30 am


07.05.2016 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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