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, discussed...to 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"
We are pleased to announce that Cantor Miriam Eskenasy is published! Her chapter in the book titled, Voices in the Wilderness, Emerging Roles of Israeli Clergywoman recently was released. The book is edited by Jonathan L. Friedmann and Meeka Simerly and can be purchased by Gaon Books.
Mazel tov Cantor Miriam-we are so proud of you!!
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!
Reserve April 10th for the Peace and Justice Seder.
April 25, 2015
KALEIDOSCOPE OF MUSIC & ART
Trio of Klezmer musicians And Art Auction
Details for both events are available on the Temple Calendar.
Cantor Miriam's High Holiday sermons have been published. Please review her sermons from the Sermon's page on this website.
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.