The Alternative Reform Congregation in Great Neck

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Until further notice, no events will take place at the Temple. For links to recorded Shabbat Services click here.

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.

Our Oneg after Friday night Zoom services – please join us!

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.

Upcoming Events

  1. Fri 25

    Shabbat Service on Zoom

    Jun 25 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
  2. Sat 26
  3. Fri 02

    Shabbat Service

    Jul 02 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  4. Sat 03

    Torah Study & Service

    Jul 03 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
  5. Tue 06

    Board of Trustees Meeting

    All temple members are welcome to
    Jul 06 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  6. Wed 07

    Tai Chi Club

    Jul 07 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 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 Cantor Leslie Friedlander

CantorFriedlandersquarecropShalom 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 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.
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