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On this page, we'll be sharing stories from our community about the many ways that the updated education center will tangibly impact lives, as well as personal accounts from our community on why they’ve been inspired to give so generously to this project.


OUR STORIES
 

JANIE SPIRTAS:
Reimagining Campaign Co-Chair, Temple member, TI early educator, wife, and mother

Temple Israel holds a special place in my heart. I attended TI’s Religious School and became a Confirmand here. I went on my very first date with my husband to Friday night services (this is true!), and we were married by Rabbi Shook. My three children have had the honor of becoming B’nai Mitzvah with Rabbi Amy and Rabbi Michael. I would love nothing more than for this Temple and this school to play a special role in the lives of the ones I love now and of course for our future nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and all of our generations to come!

As an educator in my 11th year of teaching preschool at TI, I want our students to not only get their early education with us, but to get their Jewish education here too. I want them to enjoy Sundays here with their peers, Tuesdays at Hebrew school, and grow up to celebrate in this place that holds so much warmth and love. As co-chair of the Reimagining Campaign, I know it is time to make the necessary changes to support our current members and families educational needs, as well as the next generation’s.

Create this legacy for our community with us!

 

DAVID WEINSTEIN:
Reimagining Campaign Co-Chair, Past President and Board member at large, Temple member, husband, father, and grandfather

As a parent, it was important to me that my children have their formal Jewish education at Temple Israel. The education they received here at TI better allowed them to understand their heritage, culture, and the relevance of Israel and the Jewish people to their lives.

I have been involved with our Congregation for many years, as both an active member, as well as serving as Temple President, as a board member, and as a committee member and volunteer. I strongly believe that it is important to give back to the community and to the organizations that you believe in. For me, Temple Israel is one of those institutions. I want to not only preserve what is important about Temple Israel, including the educational component for learners of all ages, but also build on that base and make it better than ever.

I believe it is the responsibility of our generation to future generations, our children and our grandchildren, to help create and grow Jewish values. My wife Liz and I feel fortunate to be able to make a significant contribution to the Reimagining Campaign. Join us and contribute toward this incredible legacy that we will leave to our future generations. 

 

HOWARD PRICE:
Temple Israel Religious School teacher, Temple member, and grandpa to DECC alumna and TI Religious School Student, Maddie and her baby sister Cori

I came to several Shabbat services at Temple Israel and was blown away by the Rabbis and the entire atmosphere. I used to go to services because I should, and at Temple Israel, I go because I want to.

After 31 years of teaching religious school and Hebrew, I decided to join the education staff at TI’s Religious School because I really wanted to be a part of this place. I have not experienced a more dedicated and friendly teaching staff, and our preschool program is the best. My granddaughter Maddie graduated last year from TI’s Deutsch Early Childhood Center, and her younger sister, Cori, will begin the year after next. Maddie now attends the Religious School and I love watching her enjoying her Judaism. This school has become a legacy that I’m proud to pass down to my children and grandchildren.

When I think of our school, I think of community and togetherness, of friendliness, excitement, and happiness. As an educator, I’m excited to see the Reimagining Campaign come to fruition; we certainly need updated classrooms and furniture, more technology, and a new drop-off and pick-up area. This Campaign will attract new congregants and will make Temple Israel even more of a community center and a place for children and adults to meet and learn together.

I believe that Jewish children should experience not only what it means to be Jewish and learn about our great history, but what it means to practice Jewish values and tikkun olam. I hope everyone wants to contribute and be part of this unbelievable and wonderful venture to update the building so that we can meet the needs of this great community and continue in our Jewish tradition.

 

ERIC SPIRTAS:
Reimagining Campaign Co-Chair, Board member, Temple member, husband, and father

As I’m watching my children graduate from high school, from College, and move along in life, I’m finding that I have a more significant connection to faith than time allowed during the hustle and bustle of younger parenting days. I would have loved to have engaged more in Temple and in my Jewish faith at a younger age; and as we upgrade our sought-after early education services, I know that we will continue to engage young parents to participate in this growing congregation.  

I want to be a part of that group that extends our reach for future generations, and not merely for religious reasons, but because it feels good and it feels right.

Along with my obligations as a board member, I feel it is my obligation to contribute to the Temple to support enhancements. As I grow wiser with age, I also find that because of our Jewish history, our children and their Jewish education is imperative. Join me, join Temple Israel, and join the community in building an education center that our children will be proud of one day as they are looking back and reflecting on their education here at TI.

 

MEET LIZ WEINSTEIN:
Reimagining Campaign Co-Chair, Temple member, Temple Israel Bat Mitzvah and Confirmand, wife, mother, and grandmother

My husband David and I initially chose Temple Israel Religious School for our three daughters’ religious education because that’s where I grew up.  I attended Religious School from an early age until I was Confirmed in 1976. My Religious School education at TI was a wonderful experience and I made many close friends who I still see here at Temple Israel today.

Judaism is a set of values, a way of thinking, and a way of life; Jewish education is important as a basis for identity, and if instilled in our youth through teenage years and into adulthood, our children will carry these values – Jewish thoughts and actions will become their way of life. If we want Temple Israel to survive – and thrive – the time is now for each of us to get involved and give in any way that we can.

We donated to the Reimagining Campaign because we believe in its mission. This new state-of-the-art education center will only enhance the tremendous learning that goes on inside its walls, and I am excited to be able to hand down this incredible, cutting-edge learning center to generations to come as part of our legacy. I hope that everyone is as excited and proud as we are to be a part of this transformation!

 

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