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Vision and Mission

Vision Statement

Temple Isaiah's vision is to inspire and engage:           

  • With the power and wisdom of Jewish text, tradition, and ritual            
  • In a lifelong search for meaning           
  • In sacred community with one another at all stages of life           
  • In living according to Jewish values.
  • As lifelong searchers for meaning, we study, we question, we teach our children, we seek the sacred. 

As builders of community, we care about one another in all our diversity and support each other throughout our changing lives.

As followers of Jewish teachings, we strive to lead ethical lives and to repair the world, for our generation and generations to come.

We value innovation and respect tradition, as we connect with each other, with the larger community, and with God.  

Adopted by Board of Trustees, January 15, 2009

Temple Isaiah's Mission

The purpose of Temple Isaiah shall be to maintain a congregation devoted to the fundamental values of the Synagogue:

Worship (Avodah), Learning (Torah), and Loving Acts (Gemilut Chasadim).

Thus our mission shall be to worship God in accordance with the faith of Judaism and to cultivate in our synagogue community an understanding of our Jewish heritage, public and private worship, religious education, social action, and social activities; and to do any and all things necessary or desirable for carrying out these purposes.

The goal of Temple Isaiah shall be to create a congregation of Jews characterized by:

Faith (emunah)

Jews who share an awareness of God's presence in their lives through cultivating a sense of the sacred (kedushah), through embracing religious and moral obligations (mitzvot), and through commitment to the covenant (berit) between God and the Jewish people.

Study (talmud Torah)

Jews who learn and teach our sacred texts, our history and our traditions, listening for the voice of God that addresses the individual heart and mind.

Worship (avodah)

Jews who seek to relate their lives to the Divine, through prayer and other means of expressing their spiritual connection to God.

Observance and Celebration (shemirah vachagigah)

Jews who sanctify and enhance their communal, family and personal lives by the rhythm of Jewish observances and celebrations in both the synagogue and the home.

Morality (musar)

Jews who reflect high moral standards in their careers and personal lives and who advocate those same values in our society and world.

Social Justice (tikun olam)

Jews who take personal responsibility for mending our world through individual and collective religious action - the quest for social justice, the enhancement of individual dignity, the encouragement of self-reliance, the pursuit of peace and freedom, steadfast resistance to the enemies of peace and freedom, and the wise use of our natural resources to enhance our lives and preserve a habitable planet for future generations.

Love of the Jewish People (ahavat Yisrael)

Jews who actively promote the welfare of all Jews (klal Yisrael) throughout the world out of a sense of love, mutual responsibility, shared history and common destiny.

Love of Zion (ahavat tsiyon)

Jews who, even as they build a vibrant Jewish life in the United States, affirm their historic and spiritual bond to the Land of Israel and work to strengthen the hands of those Jews who strive to build a democratic, just, and religiously pluralistic society in the State of Israel.

Reform Judaism (Yahadut Mitkademet)

Jews who find in the Reform movement the means to enhance the spiritual content and moral purpose of their lives.

 Extracted from the Temple by-laws