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"
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.