We are an egalitarian Conservative congregation, and together we celebrate our wealth of holidays, life-cycle events and the weekly gift of Shabbat. Services at Temple Israel are warm and communal, conducted by our rabbi and members of our congregation.
Our congregation loves to sing, enjoying a mix of old and new settings of the traditional Hebrew prayers. Our many members who are not fluent Hebrew readers find that they have ample opportunities to learn and participate. The “Lev Shalem” prayer book includes inspiring English readings alongside the Hebrew prayers, as well as translations, transliterations and thought-provoking explanations.
Currently, our services take place in our sanctuary with socially distanced seating and are also accessed on Zoom, with the Zoom link supplied to visitors upon request via email. Many have found a surprising intimacy and sense of community in our Zoom services. Within the limits of the medium, services are participatory, with opportunities for individual readings and discussions of the weekly Torah portion. We look forward to praying together in person once more when the COVID-19 risk allows. See the Temple reopening plan for our COVID-19 guidelines.
Lev Shalem Prayer Book:
Sim Shalom Prayer Book:
In honor of children beginning to be vaccinated, a prayer for receiving the vaccine for kids:
Holy One of life and love, wrap me in a warm embrace as I prepare to receive my Covid-19 vaccine. I give thanks to the doctors and scientists who are creators like you, for the wise people who approved the vaccine, and for everyone who made sure this was available to kids.
A prayer for receiving the vaccine for children or adults:
*These texts are kindly made available in this format by the Rabbinical Assembly for the duration of the pandemic only. Pages printed at home which become damaged or are no longer in use should be brought to the temple office for proper disposal in the genizah (not recycled or thrown in the trash).