Mission, Vision, and Core Values

Welcome to Temple Beth Israel, Waltham MA

“My house shall be a house of prayer for all people.” (Isaiah 56:7)


Temple Beth Israel is an egalitarian, traditional synagogue welcoming all who seek to enrich their Jewish lives.  We are a community that celebrates Shabbat, holidays, and life’s daily happenings together; we embrace learning, social, and spiritual growth, and offer a meaningful Jewish presence in the Waltham area.


To cultivate Temple Beth Israel as a welcoming, multi-generational Jewish community that gathers for Jewish prayer, learning and rituals, and celebrates culture and involvement.

Statement of Core Values

A Welcoming, Multigenerational Jewish Community

  • Temple Beth Israel is a community of diverse individuals and families of varied life situations, sexual orientations, abilities, ethnic backgrounds, and incomes.
  • We value the connections we make supporting each other through the everyday, joyful, and difficult moments of our lives.
  • We welcome interfaith families as members to participate in synagogue life.
  • We maintain Temple Beth Israel Memorial Park as a cemetery for Jewish members, with a newly created interfaith section, Kulanu (All of Us).
  • We embrace a sustaining membership model, where members pay what they can to support the operations of the synagogue. We encourage voluntary donations and sponsorships.

Prayer, Learning, and Rituals

  • We are an independent, egalitarian and traditional synagogue that values joyful and spirited prayer, thoughtful Divrei Torah (words of Torah), and a full Torah reading, led by both clergy and members.
  • We love it when members lead, teach, read Torah or Haftarah, or give a D’var Torah at services.
  • We foster a culture of Jewish learning, including studying the Hebrew language and sacred texts, through educational opportunities at the synagogue and in the greater Boston area.
  • We honor Shabbat and Kashruth, and share Jewish observances in the synagogue and within our community.
  • We provide children’s holiday programs and Shabbat services.
  • We welcome families to join us in celebrating their child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

Culture and Involvement

  • We celebrate our Jewish cultural heritage through communal meals, music, song, dance, and visual arts.
  • We encourage volunteerism, involvement, and participation in all aspects of synagogue life.
  • We act with social responsibility, guided by the issues that face our congregants and within Waltham and its surrounding communities.
  • We honor the survivors and victims of the Holocaust, and share their stories and traditions at a citywide Yom HaShoah observance, and throughout the year.
  • We provide a meaningful Jewish voice as good neighbors in Waltham’s interfaith community.
  • We strive to maintain the traditions of those who came before us as we make Temple Beth Israel stronger and more resourceful for those who carry on.
The Havdallah and Game Night on March 23 has been CANCELLED
Shabbat services begin at 9:00am - Saturday March 23rd
All are invited to attend our Kiddush Lunch around Noon on Saturday