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Our Featured Member synagogue for April 2010 is Temple Israel of Natick. We are pleased to recognize the synagogue in celebration of its 65th anniversary.

Founded in 1944, Temple Israel of Natick is a vibrant, inclusive Conservative synagogue, serving communities in the MetroWest and Greater Boston areas. With approximately 500 member families, Temple Israel is the largest Conservative synagogue in MetroWest. Our mission embodies the three traditional roles of a synagogue: a Beit Tefillah, a place of worship and celebration; a Beit Midrash, a house of study, encouraging life-long Jewish learning; and a Beit Knesset, a community center, fostering caring and a sense of belonging.

Temple Israel members care about and for each other, in times of celebration and in times of challenge. Congregants work together to prepare meals for holidays and celebrations, and to support families in mourning or in medical crisis. Over the years, we have developed so many rich programs to create a warm, welcoming and involved community. Social action programs offer the congregation, and the community at large, the opportunity to engage in Tikkun Olam (repairing the world through deeds of righteousness and loving kindness). The Israel Action Committee presents extensive programming in its advocacy for the state of Israel, and was instrumental in the development of the MetroWest Israel Action Committee.

We also offer a variety of opportunities to enhance Jewish knowledge and observance. Our Family Education programs offer opportunities to acquire tools for Jewish living and to ensure the transmission of Jewish knowledge and values from one generation to the next. Our award-winning Adult Education classes embrace a wide range of Jewish subjects, presented by a diverse group of outstanding scholars and educators. Temple Israel also has a highly-respected K-7 religious school, as well as three different Sabbath morning worship services for toddlers through sixth graders. Temple Israel's Judy Gordon Nursery School delivers a developmentally-appropriate curriculum, which provides a warm and supportive foundation in both Jewish and American cultural experiences.

Sisterhood and Men's Club enrich, support and educate our community, while our very energetic USY (United Synagogue Youth) program offers 3rd - 12th graders a variety of social, religious and educational events. Temple Israel Keruv (outreach) creates a welcoming environment for interfaith families, and the Gay-Straight Group encourages the inclusion of all Jews, regardless of their sexual orientation, in our Jewish community. Young adults (singles, couples and families) enjoy the events and outings planned by our Chaverim (friends) Club.

Come pray, learn and enjoy with us. Call the synagogue office at 508-650-3521, or contact us via e-mail or on the web at www.tiofnatick.org.

145 Hartford Street
Natick, MA 01760
Clergy: Rabbi Daniel H. Liben, Cantor Ken Richmond

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