Our Featured Member synagogue for June 2009 is Temple Isaiah, a Reform congregation in Lexington. We are pleased to recognize the synagogue in celebration of its 50th anniversary! The anniversary celebration kicked off in early May with special Shabbat services and a Saturday evening party, and continues during the weekend of December 16-18 featuring a Scholar's Weekend and December 5th with a weekend of music.
Temple Isaiah is a Reform congregation devoted to the fundamental values of Worship (Avodah), Learning (Torah), and Loving Acts (Gemilut Chasadim). It is our goal 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.
We invite you to celebrate our 50th anniversary this year, or to participate in the joy and warmth of our Torah study and religious services on Shabbat or holidays. We encourage all interested parties to visit our web site or call us at (781) 862-7160 for further information.
55 Lincoln Street
Lexington, MA 02421
Clergy: Rabbi Howard L. Jaffe, Rabbi Carey Brown, Cantor Lisa Doob