June 9, 2023 |

Message from the President


Temple Israel is a wonderful place to discover and express your Jewish identity! Our community is dedicated to the premise that each person’s exploration of and approach to Judaism is unique. We therefore are committed to helping individuals at all stages of life and whatever their current relationship to Judaism to evolve and find personal fulfillment. As is clear from our commitment to early childhood education and our sophisticated programs of youth and adult learning, we value learning and growing together as a community. We are a congregation of people who strive for lives of meaning, purpose, and goodness.

Temple Israel of Natick is our Jewish home away from home, where congregants of all ages come together to worship, learn, collaborate on social justice, and strengthen their connection with the State of Israel and its people. Most important, everything we do takes place in contexts in which friendships develop and in which having fun and socializing are the order of the day. We love to watch our members thrive and our families grow, as we share in the joys of Shabbat and holidays, celebrating milestones and life-cycle events. And, of course, we are also here for our members to find support and comfort in times of sorrow. Through participation in our community, lifelong bonds of friendship mature and deepen. Above all, we experience a sense of meaningful belonging in a community that is there for every one of us.

We are extremely proud of our education programs, which bring unbridled enthusiasm to learning for young children in the Judy Gordon Early Learning Center and rich experiential learning and Hebrew skill acquisition to our youth in our Ida and Charles Gilvarg Religious School. Even as our teens create and develop leadership skills through their involvement in our award-winning United Synagogue Youth program, our adult members engage in high quality cultural, educational, and social activities through the various arms of the congregation and our array of affinity groups.

Temple Israel is all about its people, a caring, sincere, and dedicated community striving to make our Jewish home the best it can be for all. Come join us! We would love for you to be a part of our central hub of Jewish life in Metrowest.


Marlene M. Dodyk