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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The Feb. 2nd Death Café has been canceled due to a schedule conflict.

This next Death Cafe will be Sunday, March 8th at 7 PM. Death Cafe is an opportunity for anyone who wishes to come and talk about anything that is related to death. These events were well attended and very popular last year. Come, join the conversation.

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

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

Shabbat Services
Friday evenings
at 5:30 PM

The Tu Be’Shevat Seder has been canceled.

Holiday observance will be at the Shabbat service on Friday, Feb. 7 at 5:30 PM.

The service will be followed by a covered dish dinner.

Booker T. Washington

Sisterhood meeting on Jan. 19 to feature WV history

The combined Sisterhood board and general membership meeting will be Sunday, Jan. 19 at 10 AM. It will be followed by brunch – cost is $10 – and a program featuring Del. Larry L. Rowe (D-Kanawha, 36) at approximately 11 o’clock.

In addition to working in his law practice and serving as a West Virginia legislator, Rowe is the author of local histories. His study of the early nineteenth century salt industry and its use of enslaved workers in the Malden area of what is now West Virginia, Virginia Slavery and King Salt in Booker T. Washington’s Boyhood Home, was published by Old Malden Press in 2019, and will be followed in 2020 by Booker T. Washington’s Boyhood American Dream: The Climb of the Black Middle Class Up from Slavery.

WV Jewish Film Festival on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at Park Place Stadium Cinema

1 PM Coffee and Cheesecake in theater lobby

2 PM Fiddler-Miracle of Miracles (This film is for everyone.)

3:45 PM Hate Among Us (This film is not for everyone. Graphic and disturbing.)

Click here for details.

Welcome, Rabbi Joe Blair

We welcomed Rabbi Joe Blair as the rabbi of our Congregation on July 1, 2018. Please read Rabbi Blair’s bio here.

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

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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