601 North Montgomery Street
Miller Beach
Gary, Indiana 46403-1238

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Welcome to Temple Israel - Celebrating it's 104th Year


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"

Dear Congregants,

I now has regular hours at the temple and would like very much to meet you all and teach you topics of interest to you. My expertise is in Hebrew, Torah, and Jewish Music.

As we plan the rest of the year, I would love to know what you would like to learn about!

Please drop me a line at the temple if there is something special you would like to learn and let me know how I can serve you best. My e-mail is:

Cantor Miriam

Cantor Eskenasy will be leading services on the first Friday of every month. Her schedule will be posted on the Temple Calendar.

Mostly Second Saturday's at Temple Israel

Join us of Shabbat Morning Services followed by lunch and a special class taught by Cantor Miriam Eskenasy
Eight Saturdays beginning Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 10:00 a.m.

Many of you have asked Cantor Eskenasy to teach about her favorite topic, Jewish Music. And so, for her first offering, she would like to teach about what is Jewish music and what is its place in Jewish history. Is it Chazanut or music we sing to prayers? Is it George Gershwin or Irving Berlin? Yiddish songs of longing? Sephardi Romanzas? Where do they come from and why do we call them Jewish? There will be eight individual sessions with lots of musical examples. Each session will be independent of the others. We will travel through time from bibilical times to today and around the globe from Austria to United States and every country where Jews lived (or as many as we have time for). Please check the Temple Calendar for additional dates.

Come and worship with us, nosh with us, and learn something new!

January 24, 2015

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. - Game begins at 6:30 p.m.
Silent Auction - Fun Prizes - and More!

Table of 8: $120
Table of 10: $150
$20 for individuals
($125 to Sponsor a Category)

Italian Beef, Pizza, Hot Dogs, Desserts & Drinks for sale
(please no carry-in)

Earn 1 point per person with canned goods/donations for local food pantries.

Special prizes for best decorated tables!

Don't Miss Out—-reserve your table/seat soon!

Make checks out to: Temple Israel, 601 N. Montgomery , Gary, IN 46403

Cantor Miriam's High Holiday sermons have been published. Please review her sermons from the Sermon's page on this website.

2014 - 2015 Board of Directors Elected

Temple Israel's Board of Directors for 2014-2015

Temple Israel welcomes it's Board of Directors for the year 2014-2015. The Board was elected and inducted at the congregations's Annual Meeting held on October 12th, 2014.

A listing of all Board members can be found on the Board of Directors page.