Welcome to Our "Home-Away-From-Home-Page"

Welcome to our synagogue. Howard Schultz once wrote about the concept of a ‘Third Place’: “The first place is home. The second place is work. We are the place in between. It’s a place to feel comfort. A place to feel safe. A place to feel like you belong.” For many of our congregants, Temple Isaiah is a spiritual third space. On Sunday mornings, our lobby becomes “Café Isaiah.” Religious school parents hang out together in the lobby, enjoying a cup from our free espresso and cappuccino machine.

Throughout the week, the play decks are filled with children and adults take a break from the world outside on our comfortable couches. When we redesigned our sanctuary, we opted to exchange our individual seats for pews with the philosophy that with pews there's always room for one more, and the feeling is more intimate. We designed our ark doors so that someone could literally reach in and touch the Torahs, to send the message that these sacred stories belong to you. As it is written in Deuteronomy 30:11-14: Surely, this Torah which I enjoin upon you this day is not too baffling for you, nor is it beyond reach. It is not in the heavens, that you should say, "Who among us can go up to the heavens and get it for us and impart it to us, that we may observe it?" Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, "Who among us can cross to the other side of the sea and get it for us and impart it to us, that we may observe it?" No, the thing is very close to you, in your mouth and in your heart, to observe it.

For many of our congregants, Temple Isaiah is a refreshing haven from a pressure-filled world. Although Isaiah is a healthy-sized congregation, it has always maintained the feeling of a "neighborhood shul." Most of our congregants live within a couple of miles of our congregation. While many of our students find themselves transitioning to different schools when they graduate preschool, grade school, middle school and high school, Isaiah and the friends they've made at Isaiah have remained an important constant in their lives. Bruchim HaBaim. Welcome.