Our Values

Temple Israel Long Beach is a vibrant, active Reform Jewish congregation with programs that are both substantive and relevant to modern Judaism. We wrestle daily with the meaning of life. We fulfill spiritual needs, and guide interfaith families as they create their religious lives together.

Our Mission Statement

To actively engage in a journey of Jewish spiritual, educational and social growth.

Our Vision Statement

A vibrant, caring Reform congregation of living Judaism that embraces the rich legacy of Jewish thought, practice and spirituality.

Welcoming and Inclusive

We offer comprehensive Jewish education for children and adults. We are a center of social action—and we’re very sociable! We cherish the warm and caring people who make our congregation such a unique and close “family of families.” This sense of Mishpacha permeates our services, our school, our study programs and our many special activities. We extend our hands in welcome and invite you to share our warmth and friendship. Our hope is that by becoming a part of our synagogue community, your life will be enriched.

Diverse in Population, United in Purpose  

Temple Israel Long Beach is home to a wide variety of activities and programs: religious services, adult study, religious school, life cycle events, celebrations, meals, meetings for community groups, office space, library and personal counseling. In addition, the congregation reflects a range of experiences: Jewish by birth, Jewish by choice, Conservative, Reform, politically conservative, politically liberal, and both ethnic and socioeconomic diversity. We value and respect these differences. At the same time, a common purpose—learning, experiencing and celebrating Judaism—creates a unified family.

Honoring of Tradition and Optimistic about the Future

Temple Israel is the oldest Reform congregation between San Diego and Los Angeles. It has witnessed the evolution of the Long Beach area and growth of the local Jewish community. Our congregation honors its roots and the story of its people. By no means, however, is Temple Israel stuck in the past. In fact, the congregation has distinguished itself by trying new approaches to member recruitment and engagement, education, social action, and worship services.

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