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.
For 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,