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

Click here for a link to the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department website.

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.

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 spring photos of the Temple garden.

Rabbi Liaison Committee wants your input

The Rabbi Liaison Committee will be meeting shortly. If you have any comments or concerns for the committee, please contact Mary Rich Maloy, David Thalheimer, David Shapiro, or Josh Barrett.

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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.

Since Purim was in late February this year, then it follows that…

…Passover begins the evening of Saturday, March 27th

Blessings Amid Sadness

It has been cold and wintry of late, and we have had far too many losses, disappointments, and things missed; it has been hard on all of us. Now, with the distribution of vaccines that may offer some measure of comfort in process, and the imminent arrival of the first signs of Spring that we are eagerly anticipating, we can turn our thoughts to happier days and times ahead, and look for some relief. We celebrated Purim, the holiday of reversals and happy endings and now, our Spring holiday, Passover, is on the horizon, bringing thoughts of liberation, redemption, and a world renewed, and we look forward to a return of lovely weather, which will allow us to comfortably enjoy the outdoors – socially distanced and masked, but feeling the sunshine and breezes. May we all enjoy good health, come to enjoy and celebrate the simple pleasures and joys that return to us at this season, and soon – speedily, in our days, reach a time of peace that includes the ability to gather and freely exchange affectionate greetings with those we care about and love.

Rabbi Joe Blair

Updated info about virtual services

Most recent

Shabbat Friday, February 26th
Click here to download PDF of Rabbi’s Blair’s Service Notice with links to the recording of the Shabbat Zoom service held Feb. 26th
Click here for the online flip book of the Shabbat Siddur, Mishkan T’filah.

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.

Women of Reform Judaism

Equal pay, economic justice, gender-based violence, racism, planned parenthood and reproductive rights, separation of church and state, etc. Both the WRJ and the URJ Religious Action Center work closely with one other on all these and other socially conscious issues.  Women of Reform Judaism virtual Fried Women’s Conference 2021 in March

Sign up for the WRJ Newsletter at

Visit the WRJ Facebook page at

Sign up for the WRJ Mid-Atlantic Candle at

Upcoming Events

12:00 pm Interfaith Service of Unity and ...
Interfaith Service of Unity and ...
Mar 5 @ 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm
Friday, March 5 at *St. Marks UMC in downtown Charleston[...]
5:30 pm Live virtual Shabbat service – R...
Live virtual Shabbat service – R...
Mar 5 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Join our Shabbat evening service. We will open the Zoom[...]
10:30 am Saturday morning Torah study
Saturday morning Torah study
Mar 6 @ 10:30 am
Saturday, March 6 at 10:30 AM – Torah study –Ex.[...]
10:00 am Zoom check-in
Zoom check-in
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
All services, meetings, classes and other events are virtual, via Zoom and/or conference call, until further notice.

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

Contact Rabbi Blair if you would like to participate in Charleston Death Cafe Zoom sessions.

There won’t be a Charleston Death Café in March; it next meets on April 18.

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


If you are planning

  • a move,
  • changing your phone number (or deleting a number, such as a landline), or
  • 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. Please email your new contact info to the Temple office at

Watch memorial service for Rabbi Israel B. Koller on Facebook

photo courtesy the Charleston Gazette-Mail

Recorded October 15th. Click Facebook to watch the service. When Facebook tells you to login or create an account, simply click “not now.”

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.

The Racism Summit sponsored by The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation via Zoom is continuing. More info online at


Please be generous

At this time there are so many who are struggling, and needs continue to run unusually high in light of the Corona Virus Pandemic impact in limitations on businesses, resulting job losses, housing costs, and rampant health care costs that are hitting those who can least afford them, to name only a few of the causes.

The result is that needs are greater now than at almost any other time, and the urgency is even greater than it might have been. Federated Jewish Charities, AJWS, HIAS, and so many other organizations are faced with requests from an overwhelming number of those in dire need.

The Social Action committee and Sisterhood are each asking for donations for specific efforts: hunger relief and warm clothing. Please remember the many Tzedakah opportunities locally: Manna Meal, Covenant House, Sojourner’s Shelter/YWCA, RCCR, Mazon, and all the other worthy causes in our community, and those beyond.

Please make your donations directly to the worthy organization(s) of your choice, and be as generous as you are able.