Temple Shir Tikva

Community life, religious education and social justice characterize life in this bustling Reform Jewish temple in Boston's Wayland suburb. A relatively new congregation, Temple Shir Tikva has grown considerably since 1978. Today, this inclusive congregation exudes joy and hope through song, worship and service.

Our process

The essential task in developing Shir Tikva's site was to fill the site with useful tools for members, administrators and newcomers without sacrificing aesthetics. To determine those tools, we began by exploring the Temple itself where we found the walls filled with art, the Shabbat services infused with song and the members with creative ideas...lots of them. Together we collaboratively defined the site map and navigation before turning our attention to design, which was inspired in part by their beautiful, commissioned Torah covers.

Under the hood

This site is built on the Drupal platform and customized to fully integrate program, event and news announcements throughout. It also features a popular secure Member Directory that is editable and maintained by the members themselves. In addition, password-protected pages provide members up-to-date information about their community life throughout the year.

Why we love this site

The committee quickly grasped the technical possibilities of the system and provided creative suggestions for how we could customize the site for their needs. The end result is a true collaboration of ideas between our team and theirs. Their knowledge of their congregation's needs and our expertise were a great fit.

The response

This comment from a member is exactly what we hope for:

"Simply amazing!! Loved the member profiles, Rabbi’s blog, and other features (especially real-time online access to latest membership directory). As someone who works with firms extensively on their web sites and messaging, I think it’s top-notch. I’m sure this required a ton of outside time for you and your committee, so please pass along my feedback. You all should feel really proud (and relieved!)."

Credits:

Copy writing: the Shir Tikva Communications Committee
Photography: Kenneth S. Barron, Alan Dines and Art Illman
Design, programming and project management: Theory One Design
Website: www.ShirTikva.org