In-person religious services have resumed. Services will continue to be streamed online, on Zoom and Facebook.

The wearing of masks is requested while you are inside the building.

Meetings, classes and other events are a mix of hybrid, online-only and in-person-only events. Please check the twice-weekly LINKS emails from Rabbi Blair for participation info. If you aren’t receiving these emails, please contact Rabbi Blair.

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 – and now the Parkersburg-Marietta, OH community
  • 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…

Temple Israel on Facebook

Covid-19 info from other websites

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

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.

Sign up for the WRJ Newsletter at https://wrj.org/sign-our-newsletter

Visit the WRJ Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WRJ1913

Sign up for the WRJ Mid-Atlantic Candle at https://wrj.org/newsletter

Watch memorial service for Rabbi Israel B. Koller on Facebook
Recorded October 15, 2020. Click Facebook to watch the service. When Facebook tells you to login or create an account, simply click “not now.”

photo courtesy the Charleston Gazette-Mail

Moving?

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 templeisraelwv@gmail.com

There will be a covered dish dinner following the Shabbat service on Friday, Dec. 2nd. Bring a dish to share or just yourself. There’s always plenty of food.

No reservations are necessary.

WV Jewish Film Festival

Sunday, Dec. 11th beginning at 1 PM

at Park Place Stadium Cinemas

in downtown Charleston

Free event

Click here for schedule

The deadline for reservations to the joint Temple-Synagogue Hanukkah Dinner is Dec. 14th. Please email or call or text Shelly Winowich with your RSVP. The catered dinner is open only to members of either congregation. The dinner will be held at Temple Israel on Monday, Dec. 19th at 5:30 PM.

Visit reformjudaism.org for links to the holiday calendar.

The results are in! Rabbi Blair announces his new schedule of religious services, classes, and cultural events

At the end of summer, I asked everyone to offer input on which calendar events they wanted to see retained, and how often and when they should be held. Thanks to all who responded and gave me their preferences.

I have taken all of those replies into account, and based on the majority of the comments and suggestions, have come up with a working calendar of events for this year. I hope that it suits most people.

I could not fill all requests – some conflicted, and there were scheduling issues, so I have done the best I can, and followed the suggestions of the largest number of those responding as the major factor in making decisions about scheduling.

For the complete list of results, please click here. These events will begin the first week of November. They will be scheduled on the “Upcoming Events” widget on the home page soon.

Please note: my survey results concern religious services, classes, and other events that are within my discretion. Other events, such as Sisterhood meetings and programs, Committee meetings, and Temple board meetings are scheduled by others, and listed on the schedule “Upcoming Events” widget on the home page of the Temple’s website.

 –  Rabbi Joe Blair
Siddurim (prayer books) for Shabbat/Weekdays/Festivals services

We will continue to provide Zoom access and Facebook Livestreaming of the services, as we have been, so that you can still participate and view the services without coming into the building.

If you would like to pick up a Shabbat/Weekdays/Festivals prayer book – Mishkan T’filah – simply call or email me (the rabbi) and we can arrange for you to pick up the book at a convenient time. Call my cell phone 304-989-4014 or email me RabbiJoeB@gmail.com to let me know you would like to borrow a prayer book.

Please note: The CCAR (Central Conference of American Rabbis) no longer provides online access to prayer books. Click here to navigate to the CCAR website for info about purchasing Mishkan T’filah as an ebook.

 –  Rabbi Joe Blair

High Holy Days 2022 services LINKS

Click here for Rabbi Blair’s PDF of LINKS to all Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services held in Sept. & Oct. 2022.

Sukkot

Sukkot was observed at the Friday, Oct. 7th Shabbat service. Click here for PDF with links to the recording of the service.

Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah was observed at the Friday, Oct. 14th Shabbat service. Click here for PDF with links to the recording of the service.

Meetings, classes and other events are a mix of hybrid, online-only and in-person-only events. Please check the twice-weekly LINKS emails from Rabbi Blair for participation info. If you aren’t receiving these emails, please contact Rabbi Blair.
  • The Jewish Literature class originally scheduled for Dec. 11th has been postponed till Jan. 8th
  • The Charleston Death Cafe originally scheduled for Dec. 25th has been postponed till Jan. 29th

Upcoming Events

Dec
4
Sun
10:30 am Torah study
Torah study
Dec 4 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Sunday, 12/4, Torah Study, 10:30 am, Gen. 32:4-36:43
Dec
9
Fri
5:30 pm Shabbat Torah service, Parashah ...
Shabbat Torah service, Parashah ...
Dec 9 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Friday, 12/9, Temple Israel Shabbat Service with Torah, 5:30 pm,[...]

The next Havdalah service is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10th at 7 PM.

Updated info about accessing recordings of services

Most recent Shabbat: Friday, Nov. 25th

Click here to download a PDF of Rabbi Blair’s service message with links to the recording of the Shabbat service held Nov. 25th.

Most recent Havdalah
Click here to download PDF of Rabbi Blair’s service message with links to the recording of the Havdalah service held June 18, 2022
Yom HaShoah service held April 27, 2022
Click here to download PDF of Rabbi Blair’s service message with links to the recordings of the April 27, 2022 Yom HaShoah service.

Opportunities for Tzedakah

If you have attended a Shabbat service recently, or listened to the recordings, you heard Temple president Fran Thalheimer listing many of the options for actions with the Reform Action Center (RAC), the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), and the Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), and other groups. There are efforts in the areas of Voting Rights and many other social justice issues. Please contact Fran Thalheimer, or the RAC, URJ, or WRJ directly, for information.

 – Rabbi Blair

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

Charleston Death Café, Online, Monthly, Last Sunday of the month (the 4th Sunday, or the 5th Sunday when there is a 5th Sunday) at 7 PM [change of time and date from previous schedule].

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

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

The Charleston Ecumenical and Interfaith Coalition (CEIC) produced a series of videos by various clergy members in remembrance for 9/11. You can view it by clicking here.

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

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

A note about the Haggadah chosen by the Ritual Committee and used in our congregational Passover Seder held April 15:

It is Telling the Story, adapted by Barry Louis Polisar.

Copies are for sale online, or you can download a PDF of it without cost by clicking this link https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vzEOCV7iX9s9_sflHMuuQtkx-jgjWVRM/view?usp=sharing

You can view it online or print copies from the PDF file.