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"The 2015 Charles Lazerwitz Scholarship Winners were announced and presented with awards on June 5th. Please read about our amazing young people.
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!!