Temple Israel is a true community, as it brings together congregants who have taken many different roads in their Jewish journeys and creates for them an atmosphere in which everyone – both young and old – enjoy working together. Our synagogue is situated in New Rochelle, a city in which residents are proud of diversity and of the fact that people of many different backgrounds work together here in a climate of tolerance and inclusion. We are truly blessed to live in a municipality that embraces varied ideals and cultures.
At Temple Israel of New Rochelle, we celebrate the broad spectrum of beliefs, customs, and traditions within Reform Judaism. Our synagogue has always focused on our similarities rather than our differences. Regardless of one’s spirituality, his or her decision to wear a kippah (a brimless cap, usually made of cloth) or tallit (prayer shawl), or one’s political affiliation, an individual is welcome and encouraged to follow his convictions at Temple Israel.
There are many ways in which each person can practice Judaism at Temple Israel. Whether it is by supporting civil rights causes, raising money for the less fortunate, or cooking meals for grieving families, our congregation loves to come together to make a positive difference in people’s lives. Here, the Temple Israel family collaborates to make our Temple, neighborhood, and world into gentler, safer, and better place in which to live. A sense of community and a desire for Tikkun Olam— the repair of the world, is what draws people to Temple Israel.