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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

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.

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.

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