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Welcome to Temple Israel - Celebrating it's 103rd Year

Cantor Miriam Eskanasy

Temple Israel is pleased to announce Cantor Miriam Eskenasy as their spiritual leader!

Please plan to join us for services on August 1st, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. when Cantor Eskenasy conducts services and welcome her. Read more about Cantor Eskenasy on the Cantor's Page.

Temple Israel is a very active Jewish community! We have weekly Shabbat services and many interesting programs on our calendar. We are accepting new members and would welcome the opportunity to meet you!

For over a century, our Congregation has been at the forefront of modern, progressive Reform Judaism. There are many facets to our uniqueness.

Temple Israel is a place of prayer and a place of education. But it is also a place of congregation - a "Bet K'nesset" - in many forms. Our members are attracted to Temple Israel from a wide geographic area throughout northwest Indiana and Chicago.

Members think of Temple Israel in terms of Community; a Jewish ethos, a Jewish extended home. The Temple Israel vision embraces all people in all circumstances. We are a congregation open to new ideas - flexible - inclusive.

Judaism is a "living religion" to be studied, evolve as the world changes. Temple Israel is the home of our vibrant religion. Our egalitarian services are an example of this vibrancy. Hebrew and English are used interchangeably; tallit and kippot are worn... or not; prayers are sung in melodies as old as our faith, as new and fresh as tomorrow. Engaging and often humorous sermons are many times the start of discussions between congregants. Temple Israel captures the essence of Judaism, our "living religion"

Maia Wechsler, granddaughter of Cyrus Wechsler and niece of Doris Finkel will be in Chicago next week. She is a documentary film maker based in New York City and her latest film will be screened twice in Chicago next week. Maia will be there so this is a great opportunity to meet or reconnect and see what one of Temple Israel’s “children” has accomplished. More information is now available about this event on the Temple Calendar.
The upcoming High Holiday schedule is now been posted on the Temple Calendar. Cantor Eskenasy will be conducting services.


Scholarship winners 2014

We of Temple Israel have recently awarded scholarships under the auspices of the Charles Lazerwitz Youth Scholarship Fund to six of our youth.  Of the twelve essays submitted, three were submitted in response to the following option.

Identify an exceptional Jewish leader prominent in the political arena and explain, using examples, what you feel this person has contributed to improve living conditions for Jews and non-Jews.

Those three essays are proudly posted on this site.  I expect you will find them to be very pleasant and informative --- and a hint of how well these folks will do as their educations progress.

They all wrote very interesting and informative essays that the scholarship committee enjoyed reading. Every member of our congregation can be proud of these youth as their essays are truly significant and well done. The scholarship recipients wrote on meaningful topics as shown below.

Elaine: Justice Louis Brandeis
Max: Senator Barbara Boxer
Josh: Rahm Emanuel

If you weren't able to attend the Bagel Brunch, you missed great food and a fun time for all participants!

The Peace and Justice Seder was a wonderful event that was enjoyed by all attendees. Let us show you what you missed!

The Sisterhood Penny Harvest was another successful event. Check out the festivities!

Did you miss Trivia Night? If so, take a look at what you missed! A great time was had by all!

Trivia Night


Your contribution to the Temple Israel Continuity Fund helps to ensure the continuity of our Temple. Your donation goes directly into our general fund and is used for expenses. For a mimimun donation of $5.00, you can honor someone for a joyous or sad occasion. Lovely cards are sent to your honorees.

When you contribute, you also honor Temple Israel.