A conservative, egalitarian synagogue

Why "Shorashim"

"Shorashim" means "roots" in Hebrew.  

This word has many connections to our new educational model and is why we have chosen Shorashim as our name for the Temple Israel Center Religious School:

Roots anchor. 

Through learning experiences and the relationships that are created, our learners are anchored in Jewish history and tradition, as well as in the TIC community. 

Roots take many forms.   

We recognize the uniqueness of all of our learners and offer a variety of ways to reach every one where they are, and help them along their journey.

Roots adapt to their surroundings.   

Our learners take their learning out into the world informing the decisions they make in their daily lives.

Roots spread and propagate.   

We believe in lifelong learning that allows for personal exploration and discovery, as we support each learner on their Jewish journey.  

Roots are vital to survival.   

One of our goals is to create a strong Jewish identity in each of our learners and a love of learning that is passed on from one generation to the next.

Roots have depth. 

In all learning experiences, there is a depth of learning that leads to personal meaning making and relevance.

Roots provide a foundation of security and stability.

By intentionally creating learning experiences that build a trusting and safe environment, our learners feel comfortable asking questions and discovering the answers with guidance from our educators. 

Roots prevent erosion.   

Through intentionally created experiences, our learners develop a strong Jewish identity through meaningful learning that connects them to their own personal Jewish roots and to Jewish history.  Just as knowing our roots tell us where we come from and what we are made of, they also tell us that we are a part of something bigger than ourselves.

וְיַךְ
שָׁרָשָׁיו כַּלְּבָנו

He shall strike root like a Lebanon tree.

והָיָה
כְּעֵץ שְׁתוּל עַל מַיִם וְעַל יוּבַל יְשַׁלַּח שָׁרָשָׁיו

He shall be like a tree planted by waters, sending forth its root
by a stream.

We are the TIC Shorashim Religious School.