Temple Sholom is purposeful about opportunities for Jewish meaning. We believe that there is a lifelong continuum to sacred living requiring ongoing attention and intention. Every congregant pursues an individualized Jewish spiritual path within the context of a nurturing, creative, and holy community. Through a holistic approach to congregational life, every encounter with the synagogue, worship, learning, and community are opportunities for sacred meaning and growth. We are not a congregation of consumers; we are a sacred congregation who deeply believe in the power of personal and communal connections to the Divine.
At Temple Sholom we…
Temple Sholom is a sacred Jewish community who offers a meaningful framework for personal and communal connections with God, Torah, Israel, and Community.
These Tenants are outlined in our formal Vision Statement, shown below:
As a community we aspire to…
1. SHALOM שָׁלוֹם Spiritual Welcoming
Just like Abraham and Sarah, Temple Sholom extends our welcoming hands, meeting all generations WHERE they are. We are proactive and inclusive.
2. SHEMA שְׁמַע Spiritual Communication
Communication is about trust. Transparency, accessibility, and engaging modalities are top priorities in the way we speak and listen as a community. Reaching demographics beyond the scope of our congregational walls promotes our central value of inclusivity.
3. KEMACH קֶ֣מַח Spiritual Spending
We are a group of people from all different walks of life – we turn no one away. When we spend, we spend smartly. Understanding that we need to invest our capital in staff and meaningful programs rather than infrastructure.
4. TZEDEK צֶדֶק Spiritual Engagement
We seek out meaningful, long-term social justice partnerships that further goals of harmony, human rights, and wellbeing for all people in this world. Through education, meaningful prayer, and communal calls to action we seek to better our world with our unique gifts.
5. DERECH דֶרֶך Spiritual Journey
We understand that each of us are on our own journey of spiritual fulfillment. Individuals find that Temple Sholom activities, worship, and classes are directly relevant and connect to personal, articulated spiritual goals.
6. MAKOM מָקוֹם Spiritual Home
Our space reflects who we are as a congregation. Our house is welcoming, inspiring, accessible, and appropriate to our size. Our home extends to our online community, knowing that we exist both within and outside of our physical walls. Finally, our place of belonging is in the greater community where we engage in Tikkun Olam.