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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If you are planning a move, changing your phone number or your email address, please contact the Temple office as soon as you have your new contact info. We need to have your correct contact info to keep you up to date with the Temple Israel Bulletin and other mailings, and also the Sisterhood Yearbook.

Changes to your contact info must be received no later than August 1st to be listed in the 2019-2020 edition of the yearbook.

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

Charleston Death Café next meeting will be Sunday, June 16 at the Temple, 6-8 PM.

Read about the local café here. To visit the international site, click here.

Shabbat Services
Friday evenings
5:30 PM

The annual meeting of the congregation will be Wednesday, June 12. Temple members will receive a meeting packet in the U.S. Mail.

The evening will begin with a social, with refreshments, from 5:15 to 5:45 PM. The meeting will follow, starting at 5:45 and last till approximately 6:30.

Next Shabbat Dinner – Friday, June 7; report on Social Action

Following the Shabbat service, which begins at 5:30 PM. Rather than the traditional  1st Friday POT LUCK dinner, the meal will feature chicken as well as catered vegetarian Israeli vegetable rice stew,  with scrumptious home made whole wheat and plain herbed pita breads, baba ganoush, hummus, Israeli salads, babka chocolate and cinnamon  desserts and ice crèmes. Wines will be served.

At the service, members of the Social Action Committee will report on what they learned at the recent Consultation on Conscience. At the dinner, members of the Committee will be available to answer questions and take suggestions about its efforts and programming.

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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.

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 5:45, films start at 6:30.
Watch your email and the Temple website for details.