The Alternative Reform Congregation in Great Neck

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Temple Isaiah has continued to offer a full menu of spiritual, educational, and social activities during the Pandemic. While we are continuing these, Temple Isaiah is once again having in-person services in our sanctuary as we begin to transition to a full reopening. Some events will be live streamed (click on the link above) and  some events may be held only on Zoom – we will let you know. We expect all congregants in the sanctuary to be masked and vaccinated, as we observe CDC and New York guidelines during this uncertain time. Please see the Bulletin and Announcements for details.

Temple Isaiah is a warm, welcoming, non-judgmental community of friends. 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. 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.

Please visit us on any Friday night (masked and vaccinated for now!). You can get the flavor of Temple Isaiah by “attending” a recorded Zoom Shabbat Service from last year – bring your own candles, Challah, and wine!

Our Oneg after a Friday night Zoom Shabbat Service in 2020.

Upcoming Events

  1. Mon 27
  2. Tue 28

    Simchat Torah – Yizkor

    Sep 28 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  3. Fri 01
  4. Sun 03

    Art Lecture with Dr. Dennis Raverty

    Oct 03 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  5. Mon 04

    Book Group on Zoom

    Oct 04 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  6. Tue 05

    Board of Trustees Meeting

    All temple members are welcome to
    Oct 05 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Meet Temple Isaiah

Welcome from Rabbi Jerry Blum

BlumpictureWelcome to Temple Isaiah of Great Neck, and Beruchim HaBa’im – Blessed are those who come and join in with our holy community.  With this basic Hebrew greeting, we come to understand that through the members and the participants in our community, blessing can be found.

Temple Isaiah of Great Neck is a fully egalitarian and progressive Reform congregation, that has served the surrounding Great Neck community for over 50 years.  We are a warm and energetic community dedicated to the highest values of our faith.  Through worship, education, cultural and community events, and social action related activities, we seek to create an atmosphere of caring and friendship that meets the spiritual and social needs of congregants of all ages and interests.

Temple Isaiah of Great Neck welcomes people from diverse Jewish backgrounds and traditions.  We embrace LGBTQ families and individuals, as well as interfaith families and those who are not Jewish but would like to understand more about our rich Jewish culture and heritage.

I invite you to join us for Shabbat services, or any of our many cultural or educational events.  I hope that when you come to our synagogue, for whatever reason, that you will feel how we at Temple Isaiah of Great Neck embody the values of our faith.  In the meanwhile, please explore our website to learn more about our holy community.

You can reach me at: rabbi.jerry.isaiahgn@gmail.comFor more, please see my columns in the monthly Bulletin.
L’Shalom—To Peace
Rabbi Jerry Blum
 
 

Welcome from President Terry Birnbaum-Horton

I am delighted to introduce you to Temple Isaiah of Great Neck. We are a welcoming, caring place for both individuals and families to explore their spirituality and intellectual curiosity, and to form social bonds. A home away from home. We offer a diverse full calendar for our congregation and guests. We welcome all to use their talents to make us the best we can be in our pursuit of worship, learning and chavaerim/chavoret /friendship. Times have changed; until we are all allowed to be together in our “home,” join us on our many Zoom programs and find out who we are. Take a look at our Bulletin or Calendar to find out what is going on, and to join us for Shabbat Services, Torah Study or one of our many programs and gatherings.

Growing up in Great Neck I was well aware of all the wonderful choices for worship our Town had to offer. I attended all denominations. I married and moved back to Great Neck and when I adopted my beautiful Chinese daughter in 1991, I went on a search. It was an easy choice: Temple Isaiah is a warm, friendly, inclusive congregation, I chose to have Alexandra’s baby naming on Sukkot and the rest is history. I have been a member ever since. I volunteered immediately to help at many events, and over the years, joined the Board and chaired numerous committees, including Membership, Fundraising and our Hebrew school. Alexandra started in tot shabbat and was the first Bat Mitzvah at our new home on Chelsea Place, and here I am 24 years later, President of Temple Isaiah.

To find out more feel free to call our office with any of your questions at (516) 487-5373.

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.

BREAKING JEWISH NEWS

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From the Union For Reform Judaism / Reform Movement

The More Torah, The More Life

The More Torah, The More Life jstern September 23, 2021

When I became rabbi of Monmouth Reform Temple in Tinton Falls, NJ, I quickly discovered that some people in our community thought we were a church. Mail was addressed to “Monmouth Reformed Temple,” and letters were addressed “Dear Pastor.”

Creation, Chaos, and Children

Creation, Chaos, and Children jstern September 17, 2021

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was unformed and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters. God said: “Let there be light.” And there was light.

Sukkot Breads in Fall Colors

Sukkot Breads in Fall Colors jstern September 13, 2021

Decorate your Sukkot table with Ethiopian, North African, and Sephardi breads full of fall colors and tantalizing spice mixes and broaden our palates to the customs of worldwide Jewish communities. Laden with seasonal honey, pumpkin, or orange, they don’t need braiding, and they make perfect gifts.

7 Jewish Endeavors to Make 5782 a Sweet New Year

7 Jewish Endeavors to Make 5782 a Sweet New Year jstern September 13, 2021

It’s a long-standing custom for Jews to wish one another a “sweet new year” on Rosh Hashanah; to hope that this coming year will be one filled with joy, fulfillment, and an abundance of blessings. However, Judaism isn’t a path focused simply on wishing for good things; if our goal is to make each year “sweeter” than the last, we must work to make it happen.