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Dear Prospective Member,

I am delighted that you are interested in becoming a member of our sacred community.

I know what it means to be a member here. Nearly twenty-five years ago, I joined Temple Israel after moving with my family from Washington State. Leaving my small synagogue in Olympia was hard because it had been my first introduction to Jewish community. I was not sure what to expect from Temple Israel. But from the moment I joined our temple, I felt at home.

Members warmly welcomed me and I quickly became involved in weekly Torah Study sessions led by the rabbi. With her support and encouragement, I enrolled in the adult B’nai Mitzvah class and taught in the religious school. The friendships I established during that time have supported and sustained me over the years. It was Temple Israel’s people who ultimately inspired me to apply to rabbinical school.

I remained a part of Temple Israel during my years in school, serving as student rabbi, and then as the assistant rabbi. Since 2006 I have been the rabbi here. Serving this sacred community is my passion. Every day I am privileged to help others grow in mind and spirit through the richness and wisdom of Judaism. Every day I see how our members care about each other, and how they strive to make a positive difference in our community and in the broader world. Temple Israel has been, for me, “the doorway to a richer and more meaningful life.”

It is my wish that our community become this doorway for you as well.


Rabbi Jennifer Jaech

More on Joining Us at Temple israel

Introduction Letter:

This letter from our President, Lisa Dashman, takes you on a virtual tour of Temple Israel, by sharing informative links that walk you through our website.

Forms & Details:

These forms give you additional detail about the membership process and options.

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