Our services and programming at Beth Israel are guided by the following set of core values, inspired by the mission of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School and the principles of the Orthodox Union.
We are deeply committed to:
Talmud Torah – Inspiring a passionate commitment to the study of Torah in all its rich forms and the scrupulous observance of Halacha.
Ruchniyut – Cultivating spirituality – God-consciousness, soulful music, piety, and ethical sensitivity, and integrating it into all learning, religious practice, and worldly pursuits.
Avodat HaShem – Encouraging intellectual openness, questioning, and critical thinking as essential components of one’s full service to God.
Ahavat Yisrael – Affirming the shared covenantal bond between all Jews. Promoting love of all Jews and actively pursuing the positive and respectful interaction of all Jewish movements.
Medinat Yisrael – Recognizing Eretz Yisrael as our homeland and affirming the religious and historical significance of the State of Israel for all Jews in Israel and the Diaspora.
Tikkun Olam – Affirming the shared divine image (Tzelem Elohim) of all people, and recognizing our responsibility to improve the world and our capacity to be enriched by it.
We acknowledge the need to enhance and expand the role of women in Talmud Torah, religious life, and communal leadership within the bounds of halacha.
We affirm our commitment to providing a safe space for Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Queer Jews. Every Jew has the right to pray among a loving Jewish community.
We affirm our commitment to the government of the United States of America, and our respect for the servicemen and women of our country who seek liberty and justice for all. In particular, we honor our Jewish War Veterans for their duty to our country and the honor they bring to our people.
We recognize our bond with our brothers and sisters around the world who face distress and offer a prayer that they know comfort, security, and peace.