Mission | Why we exist
We make meaning and change the world.
Vision | WHAT THIS WILL LOOK LIKE IN 2022
Stephen Wise Temple and Schools is an inclusive community that seeks to inspire its diverse constituency to engage ever more deeply and personally in ongoing, significant acts of loving kindness (גמילות חסדים, G’milut Chasadim) and Tikkun Olam (תיקון עולם, repairing the world); the mindful study of Torah and the pursuit of wisdom (תלמוד תורה, Talmud Torah); and worship that inspires, uplifts, and connects us to God (עבודה, Avodah). The Wise community thinks creatively about how we build sacred community and an inclusive sense of Jewish Peoplehood, and how we pursue our mission on our campus and beyond our walls. We feel called to contribute to the vibrancy and vitality of our Temple and Schools with generous and open hearts, committed to the value of drawing others near to our good work (קירוב, Keiruv). As a thought-leader in our movement and beyond, we partner with others in our efforts to realize our mission and strengthen our community, our city, our nation, and Israel.
Core values | WHAT INSPIRES OUR WORK
Every aspect of Wise community life and work is informed by our unyielding commitment to:
We will be a place of innovation, a home to transformational ideas with the freedom to pioneer new models informed by our mission and in conversation with our ancient traditions. Creative, inspired thinking in all our endeavors will lead to new, focused models that position Wise at the forefront of the Jewish world.
We will hear, tell, and celebrate the thousands of stories contained within the Wise world. In all we do, we will show that ours is a community for all, connecting people across ethnic, family, economic, and philosophical lines. From many worlds, from many perspectives, we will build one community of Kavod (כבוד, respect).
We will be inspired to express magnanimity in every way. Our mission and principles will call us to give freely of our time, energy, resources, and spirit.