A conservative, egalitarian synagogue

Inclusion at Temple Israel Center

Temple Israel Center's Inclusion Committee, under the professional guidance of Michelle Steinhart, TIC Director of Inclusion, strives to eliminate barriers members encounter to full participation in our synagogue community. While we at TIC are proud of all the inclusion programming we offer, we know there is room for improvement.

If you, or a member of your family, are feeling isolated, stigmatized, and/or excluded because of factors related to your physical or mental health; gender or sexual identity; age; physical or developmental disabilities; substance abuse; domestic abuse; etc., the Committee wants to eliminate obstacles to your feeling fully welcome and capable of participating.

· If you are struggling with issues such as these...

· If you are looking for co-congregants with similar situations and/or experiences…

· If you can be a resource for your co-congregants because you’ve already encountered and managed such challenges…

· If you are a professional who would like to provide support,  information or counseling to individuals dealing with issues such as these…

… please contact Michelle Steinhart at [email protected], and join us in our effort to broaden our definition of Inclusion to include you.

Did you know…

... We have an inclusion committee focusing on the needs of:

  • Individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Mental health issues
  • Synagogue accessibility
  • Those dealing with substance abuse
  • Those dealing with domestic abuse
  • Those dealing with gender or sexual identity

... Our Shorashim classes are inclusive

... We have teens with developmental disabilities working with job coaches at our synagogue through the HaDerekh program

... We have an adult with a disability working in our Nursery School through the POINT program

... We have Shabbat Buddies to make our youth services accessible to all our members, funded in part by a micro-grant for teen engagement by The Jewish Education Project

... We are founding members of Building Communities One Experience at a Time

To learn about any of these initiatives , to get involved or to share with us how we can best meet your needs, please contact, Michelle Steinhart, Director of Inclusion, at ext. 145 or [email protected]

TIC is a member of the USCJ Ruderman Inclusion Action Committee!

We are pleased to announce that  Temple Israel Center has been chosen to participate as a member of the USCJ Ruderman Inclusion Action Community.  Through this initiative, funded by the Ruderman Family Foundation, United Synagogue will work with fifteen affiliated kehillot, sacred communities, over the course of the next eight months, to develop broad vision and action plans on inclusion within our Conservative Movement congregations. The goal is to create communities where issues of inclusion and accessibility are identified, examined, and explored – from our physical buildings to our religious services to our education programs to  the attitudes of our congregants and leadership.  At the conclusion of our mentorship program, the goal will be to enable individuals with disabilities, of all ages, and their families to participate fully and comfortably in congregational life. 

We are proud that our new Inclusion Committee, our Shabbat Buddies program, our inclusive classrooms and our founding membership in Building Communities, were recognized by the Ruderman Family Foundation through the application process, and we look forward to this exceptional opportunity to further develop our vision toward making TIC a fully inclusive community.

Torah: A Guidebook for Inclusion

A d'var Torah given on April 25, 2015 by Michelle Gavens, TIC congregant and member of the Inclusion Committee.  Learn more >>