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What some Members Have to Say About Mishkan Torah

Some Mishkan Torah members have taken a few moments to write down their thoughts about their synagogue.  Note the common themes in the remarks below.

- Many synagogues profess to be 'unique' -- Mishkan Torah is the real deal. I've never been to a place where I can be guaranteed to learn something new every single time I walk into the building. The most understanding, learned, and friendly congregation I've ever been a part of.

- Great synagogue and community. My children attend the school and love it. I like the dual affliation with the Reconstructionist and Conservatvie movements.

- I always learn something from Rabbi Cohen's thoughtful sermon and writings.  And I really enjoy the informal, unpretentions nature of the congregants.

- Mishkan Torah has been the ideal synagogue for my family.  My kids have always felt very comfortable here, as has my non-Jewish wife.  By attending Rabbi Cohen's study group, I have obtained a  deeper knowledge of the origins of Judaism and some understanding of how I can find meaning in the religion without taking the traditional writings literally.  Bret Goldstein does a fabulous job with the Hebrew School.  The kids at Mishkan Torah not only get a solid grounding in Hebrew language and Jewish history, but importantly, they all have a good time and actually look forward to coming to class.  Holding classes on Saturday morning that run concurrently with Shabbat services has been a big plus for both my kids and me.  Our building itself is a reflection of the congregation: informal and unpretentious.  I personally find attending services in our more intimate space to be more fulfilling than if I were to go to a larger, fancier place.  And I like the fact that neither members of the congregation, nor our rabbi, nor our cantor take themselves too seriously and everyone appreciates a good joke (and even a bad one).  Mishkan Torah is truly a warm and friendly place.  The warmth and support of the congregation in evidence on the occasion of my son's Bar Mitzvah was truly overwhelming.

- Mishkan Torah is down-to-earth and warm and inviting, and there are so many socially conscious individuals.  I always learn something from the rabbi's sermons.

- I am the non-Jewish half of a mixed marriage and I always feel welcomed at the many family events held there, such as the latke party at Chanukah and the Tu Bishvat dinner celebrating fruiting trees.

- Mishkan Torah is a great, open, welcoming community! A really great place for kids.

- If you're looking for a friendly, welcoming synagogue, this is the place!

- It has been among the great joys of our lives to join the Mishkan Torah congregation. The members are extremely welcoming. The events are a blast and are often truly spectacular.  Perhaps the thing I like the most is that a broad diversity of religious beliefs and practices are supported.

- We love Miskhan Torah. It is a down-to-earth, friendly congregation where we always feel accepted and welcome. Our children love the Hebrew school and are receiving a stellar Jewish education. We are very happy with Mishkan Torah!

Some Comments From One of Our Youngsters 

Finally, here is what one of our younger Hebrew School students has to say.

- Mishkan Torah is very fun because in Hebrew School they have food and crafts and sometimes the crafts are amazing. The Hebrew School kids get to carry around fake torahs around the room during services and people kiss them