July 5, 2020 |

FAQs

What movement are you affiliated with?

Temple Israel affiliates with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the umbrella organization of Conservative congregations. We share with United Synagogue the goal of creating an authentic and dynamic Judaism that inspires today’s and tomorrow’s Jews to seek meaning in their lives, to find connection, and to experience wholeness in a world that is complex and ever evolving.

Do I have to be a member to come to Temple Israel of Natick?

Not at all. Our doors and virtual offerings are open to anyone who wants to join us for services, learning, or other programming. We look forward to meeting you and sharing with you all that our community has to offer in spirituality, learning, opportunities to help improve the world, and, above everything, in friendship and caring.

What sorts of families come to Temple Israel of Natick?

Our families come in all imaginable configurations. We welcome every configuration equally, with open arms. Come by and find out what our welcoming community looks like in practice.

What if I don’t know Hebrew?

No Hebrew? No problem. There’s a lot of Hebrew in our services, but also a lot of music, singing, and spirit. You don’t need Hebrew to get swept up in both. Humming and lalalas are highly encouraged. Come see for yourself.

Do you keep kosher?

In their homes, our members follow diverse practices. In our building, our kitchen and all food served are kosher.

What do I wear to worship services at Temple Israel of Natick?

Many of our members recognize the holiness of the Sabbath and other holidays through their dress. But what this looks like in practice differs depending on individuals’ personal sensibilities. Bottom line: Our services are not about your clothes; they are about your spirit. You won’t feel awkward in a suit or dress if that makes you comfortable, or in more relaxed clothing if that is your preference.

Do your clergy perform weddings, baby namings, funerals, etc?

Our mission is always to be present for our members, to share joy in life’s good times and to offer strength and support in life’s hard times. In line with this mission, our rabbis are honored to officiate at all life-cycle occasions for Temple Israel of Natick members, and, under certain circumstances, for non-members. Have a special need? Call our office to find out how we can be there for you.

How does membership at Temple Israel of Natick work?

We would love to welcome you as a member of our community. We have membership categories appropriate for singles and families and also for those who live out of town or simultaneously belong to a different congregation. Membership involves a financial commitment, in the form of an appropriate level of annual dues and an initial building fund pledge. All levels of membership entitle the member two High Holiday tickets and provide the opportunity to purchase additional tickets for family members. First year members are eligible for discounted membership dues.

What if I can’t afford membership?

We will not allow financial constraints to get in the way of your joining Temple Israel. If our membership rates feel out of reach, let us know and we will agree to a membership contribution that is meaningful for you.

Do you have adult education?

Sure do! We are a community of learners and offer many learning opportunities, no matter how much or little Jewish education or background you have. Our list of learning opportunities changes from season to season but always offers challenging and thought provoking courses and presentations, taught by our clergy and by outside experts.

How do I meet people and become a part of this community?

New social spaces can be hard, and we work to make it easy for you to find a way into the community. So, first and foremost, just show up! Our members try hard to look out for and introduce ourselves to new faces. Get on our email list and check out our Facebook page to stay in the loop. Our meet-up groups are always looking for new members interested in everything from Mahjongg to Classical Music. There are a lot of doorways in, and we can help you find yours.

Are there ways at Temple Israel of Natick to get involved with Jewish rituals (e.g., read Torah)?

Yes, please. If you have skills, we’d love to help you show them off. Let us know what you can do and we will happily have you do it. We look forward to seeing you!