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

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WV Jewish Film Festival June 30 at the Clay Center

The summer edition of the WV Jewish Film Festival, sponsored by Federated Jewish Charities of Charleston, will be Sunday, June 30 at 5:45 PM at the Clay Center, part of FestivALL. Free and open to the public.
Enjoy a double feature of the newest releases on the subjects of Jewish culture and history.
Bagel & lox spread at 5:30, films start at 6:30.

Click here for details.

There are no Charleston Death Cafés scheduled at this time. Please check back after the High Holy Days.

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

Shabbat Services
Friday evenings
5:30 PM

“First Shabbat” will resume in the fall. There will be no “Sisterhood Schmooze” in July or August.

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 2019-2020 edition.

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

Temple Israel Climate Change Survey – please respond by June 30

The Temple Israel Social Action Committee is planning a Fall 2019 event on the topic of climate change. This survey has been designed to assess current feelings, knowledge, and concerns of Temple and Synagogue members to help focus events on member interests. Please complete the survey as best you can by June 30.
The climate change survey has a web page:

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Welcome, Rabbi Joe Blair

We welcomed Rabbi Joe Blair as the rabbi of our Congregation on July 1. Please read Rabbi Blair’s bio here.

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

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