Temple Israel is a vibrant and inclusive community of 430 families from 22 towns and cities west of Boston. We are young and old, families and singles, interfaith, people with disabilities, LGBTQ and straight. And we welcome you!
Our mission is to support the unique Jewish journey of each of our members, and to build community through lifelong learning (Torah), joyful worship (Tefillah) and attention to the needs of others (Tikkun Olam). We are inspired by a vision of Judaism that is empowering, evolving, devoutly egalitarian and passionately bonded to the people and land of Israel. We invite you to form lasting relationships that will provide you with strength and support in life’s hard times, shared joy in life’s good times and friendship at all times!
Youth programming at Temple Israel of Natick provides informal educational experiences for our students. The types of programming varies to appeal to many different interests. Programming can focus on making social connections, participating in tikun olam opportunities, engaging in religious education and much more. Teens in our community enjoy spending time together at monthly Youth Lounges, at local attractions, during Shabbat services and helping out in our community.
Youth programming in our community supports and enhances the social, educational and spiritual growth of our congregation’s young people. Temple Israel of Natick is a chapter of the New England region of USY (NERUSY), which is part of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s youth program (United Synagogue Youth, or USY).
Programming goes from grade 3 through graduation from high school: Kadima serves youth in grades 3-5; Junior USY is 6th-8th grade; and Senior USY encourages high school students to become the young Jewish leaders of the next generation. USY offers the opportunity to interact and befriend Jewish peers/participants on regional and national levels.
Throughout the school year, USY provides a variety of programs, including dances, sporting events, outdoor activities, social action projects, Shabbatons, and conventions. Our very own members lead Kabbalat Shabbat services at the Shillman House (an independent living facility in Framingham) as well as read Torah at Temple Israel, and raise funds for USY charities.
Our Senior USY teens are a constant positive presence in congregational life. The high school students organize and run the Purim Carnival, plan and implement the annual Yom Hazikaron service, and assist at services for the younger children. The involvement does not go unnoticed.
In 2016, Natick USY was given a huge honor as we were named the “‘Chapter of the Year‘” in the New England USY region.
Temple Israel’s young people have many opportunities to contribute their knowledge and enthusiasm to a wide variety of Temple and community-wide activities.