Welcome to Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center. Here you will find a Jewish spiritual home in Ridgewood. Our congregation is committed to the finest Jewish traditions of supporting the wider community, contributing to a better world, working together to build bridges with our neighbors, educating ourselves and our children in the traditions of Judaism, and maintaining those traditions through prayer, and Sabbath and festival observances. We are a warm community where discussions continue around the tables after services, where friendships are made and where families are nurtured.
I invite you to visit our services and programs. Our doors are always open to new faces. Ours is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue where men and women participate equally, and all are welcome. Friday nights we enjoy the melodies of the service led by Cantor Bromberg, and she and I take questions from the congregation. On Shabbat morning I teach a chapter from the Mishnah. We read the complete Torah parashah each week, led by a cadre of wonderful Torah readers from the congregation. I generally lead a discussion on Shabbat morning when the congregation never fails to challenge me in different ways of understanding Torah. Our services are participatory for all ages, and our discussions are open to all views and perspectives. Our various programs for families and individuals focus on holidays, social action, learning and community building. Our religious school led by Rabbi Litwin offers a unique program of Hebrew language instruction, synagogue skills, Jewish traditions, cultural literacy, and a broad based introduction to the rhythms and texture of Jewish life.
I would welcome the opportunity to speak more with you, either in person or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please be in touch, or come and visit and introduce yourself to me after services.
David J. Fine, Rabbi