Welcome to Temple Israel…

Established in 1873 and a founding member of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), we are one of the oldest and most renowned congregations in the American Jewish experience.

  • Serving families from Charleston and surrounding areas of West Virginia
  • Offering an engaging array of education classes, enrichment programs, visiting scholars, concerts, and social opportunities
  • Active Temple Sisterhood affiliated with the WRJ
  • Energetic participation in community social action and interfaith relationship building
  • ​A community that treasures its diversity in all its forms – age, marital or partnership status, gender identity, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity

Learn more about us…

Temple Photo by Louis Davidson | Learn More…

Click here for current photos of the Temple garden.

Covid-19 info from other websites

Click here for New York Times free Covid-19 coverage

To access articles on the New York Times “The Coronavirus Outbreak” special site, you will need to create a free account, using your email address and a password. You don’t need to buy a subscription or give them your phone number in order to access the page, though you might be asked to do so.

Click here for Covid-19 resources and information from the West Virginia Legislature.

Click here for a link to the video "Living Our Faith: How can people of faith help heal racial divides?," a collection of uplifting and hopeful messages of interfaith clergy in Charleston, West Virginia, coming together as partners in justice and healing.

All services, meetings, classes and other events are virtual, via Zoom and/or conference call, until further notice.

In order to protect our families, friends and the public health from the spread of Covid-19, all events scheduled at the Temple have been canceled in favor of ONLINE gatherings. Please understand that this situation will continue until it is deemed safe to reopen.

Updated info about virtual services Friday & Saturday, September 18th & 19th

Click here to download the PDF of Rabbi Blair's Service Notice with links to the recording of the Shabbat and Rosh Hashanah Zoom services held September 18th & 19th in the Sanctuary.

Click here for the online flip book of the Shabbat Siddur, Mishkan T'filah.

Click here for the online flip book of the Machzor, Mishkan HaNefesh for Yom Kippur.

Temple Israel's newly renovated and reconfigured main Sanctuary.

Temple Israel's cemetery is located within the boundaries of Charleston's Spring Hill Cemetery

Click here for important info concerning traffic restrictions at the Temple Cemetery

Click here for a PDF of directions to the Temple Cemetery.

Rabbi Joe Blair. You can read Rabbi Blair's bio here.

Local partner in Social Action web highlight: Manna Meal.

Click here to read Manna Meal's most recent email to the congregation.

For information about
Weather Related Cancellations
call 304-342-5852
and listen to the
recorded message.

REMINDER: Let us know when you move, change or delete a phone number, or change your email address.

If you are planning a move, changing your phone number (or deleting a number, such as a landline) or if you have a new email address, please contact the Temple office as soon as you have your new contact info. We have no other way of obtaining this information, except from you.

The deadline for changes to your contact info in the Sisterhood yearbook must be received no later than August 1st to be listed in the 2020-2021 edition.

Please email your new contact info to the Temple office at templeisraelwv@gmail.com

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Read about the local café (past programs) here. To visit the international site, click here.