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

Special Shabbat services coming up Feb. 3rd & 17th

Special fruits and nuts celebrating the New Year of the Trees, Tu B’Shevat
Rosh Chodesh Shevat (the new month of Shevat) began Jan. 23.

We enter the series of special Shabbatot, named by the special Haftarah read on that day; the first one is Shabbat Shirah, the sabbath of song, on which we read the Song by the Sea (Shirat Hayam) from Parashah Beshalach, which is attributed to Moses describing the miracles at the Reed Sea— Feb. 3-4 this year. This will also be Refugee Shabbat: we will have a special guest, Lynn Clarke of West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry giving the dvar Torah, and readings to mark this. I hope you can join us in person for that service, but if not, then online.

Tu B’Shevat, the 15th day of the month of Shevat, known as the New Year for the Trees, our holiday marking creation and the environment, and fulfilling the mitzvah to allow a tree to develop a strong and healthy root system before commercially harvesting produce from it, is on Feb. 6 (we will observe it in the Shabbat service Feb. 3, along with Refugee Shabbat and Shabbat Shirah).

On Feb. 17, we will hold another special Shabbat: Shabbat Shekalim, and the Torah reading is from Parashah Mishpatim. In addition, this is Reproductive Rights Shabbat, including special readings and a guest to deliver the dvar Torah, Alannah Boyle of NCJW.

– 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.

Passover Haggadah

A note about the Haggadah chosen by the Ritual Committee and used in our congregational Passover Seder held in 2022:

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.

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.
  • We extend our prayers for a refuah shelemah bimheyrah to Rabbi Urecki. May he experience a full and speedy healing and recovery, and return to full health and vigor soon. For the time being, please note that our joint events – Talmud class, Torah class, and Two Charleston Rabbi Discussions – will be canceled until he is restored to health and able to participate in them.

Upcoming Events

Feb
2
Thu
4:15 pm A Bissell Torah, Online Only
A Bissell Torah, Online Only
Feb 2 @ 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Thursday, Feb. 2nd at 4:15 PM – A Bissell Torah,[...]
Feb
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Sun
10:30 am Torah Study, Ex 18:1-20:23, Onli...
Torah Study, Ex 18:1-20:23, Onli...
Feb 5 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Sunday, February 5th at 10:30 AM – Torah Study, Ex[...]

Updated info about accessing recordings of services

Most recent Shabbat: Friday, Jan. 27th

Click here to download a PDF of Rabbi Blair’s service message with links to the recording of the Shabbat service held Jan. 27th.

The next Havdalah service will be Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7 PM.

Most recent Havdalah

Due to technical difficulties with the recording, the Dec. 10th Havdalah service is unavailable.

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 the Cemetery Policy updated January 2023.

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