Outreach

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An important part of our mission is to educate the broader community on issues important to us – Judaism, Israel, Holocaust, Tikkun Olam (Healing the World), Anti-Semitism, Diversity and Inclusion, Racial Justice, and Interfaith Understanding.

The following programs and partnerships extend our outreach beyond the Jewish community:

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  • Introduction to Judaism – a six-part, 12-hour program, for people interested in learning more about Judaism—its history, foundational texts, prayers, ritual items, important holidays, life cycle events, even food! There is a small fee but scholarships are available.
  • A Short Introduction to Judaism – a two-part 4-hour program, originally designed for ISAAC members, focusing on basics of the prayer book, Torah, important ritual items, Sacred Texts, a timeline of Judaism.
  • Teaching Services – we regularly welcome groups from other faith communities (Christian confirmation classes, adult education, etc.) to join us for Shabbat services, holiday celebrations, etc.

For community requests for a speaker, interview, panel member, special program on a specific topic, synagogue visit, or for classes, please contact admin@templebnaiisrael.com

Partner Organizations

ISAAC (Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy & Action in the Community)

TBI is a founding member, offering the Jewish perspective to ISAAC, an interfaith organizing network of congregations and strategic partners working together to build a more just community.

OutFront 

TBI is actively involved as a Jewish voice with OutFront Kalamazoo, serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community of Southwest Michigan and its friends and allies.

Educational and City Institutions

TBI is regularly contacted to provide a speaker, guest lecturer, panel participant, etc., by KVCC, K College, WMU, public schools, libraries, community groups, and hospitals.