Stephen S. Wise Temple is the sacred home to every Jew
who wants to be a part of a vibrant and dynamic community – to engage in
meaningful learning, to seek inspiration and relevance in his/her own spiritual
growth, to care for one another and the world around them, and to demonstrate
an unwavering commitment to Israel and our people.
There are five core values that comprise our
vision and guide us into the future
Wise is a center of learning for people of all ages in which we experience
Torah as a living document, engage compelling teachers from our community and
throughout the world, and create a culture that inspires learners of all abilities
and levels of knowledge.
Wise is a community that belongs to you and to which you belong.
Our Temple is a second home – a place where members spend time, deepen
relationships with friends, and add greater meaning to their lives. And, our members
offer the comforts of home/family as we celebrate with one another in times and
support one another in times of sorrow.
Worship and Spirituality
Worship of the Divine within a community both grounds us and
connects us to a higher purpose. We move toward that purpose through worship
experiences that are compelling and engaging, and by recognizing that spiritual
moments can occur at any time – even when we least expect them.
Israel and Peoplehood
We have a relationship with the Jewish people in Israel and
throughout the world. This relationship requires us, as Jews, to be strongly connected at all times, not just in times of crisis. We also recognize that cultivating this relationship helps us understand other Jewish cultures
and customs and enhances our understanding of what it means to be a Jew.
We are the stewards for the world God creates, working in
partnership to repair an often broken world. We see the purpose of living
Jewishly as not only to improve our own lives, but to be more human and have a positive impact on the lives of others.
We are a Reform congregation and are members of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), the umbrella organization for the Reform movement.