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

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.

Summer Highlights

Sofer Neil Yerman has completed his work

Sofer Neil Yerman (above) recently was in Charleston making repairs to some of our Torah scrolls. We weren’t able to invite anyone to be part of his work this time because of public health concerns, but it was wonderful having him here with us to lovingly maintain our Sefrei Torah. They are now ready for Yamim Nora’im, the High Holy Days, when they will be placed in our soon-to-be refurbished and cleaned Arks in the Sanctuary and Chapel. That work is still ongoing, and we will have news to share later this summer. We thank Sofer Yerman for his beautiful work and look forward to having him here again in the coming years.

You can lend a hand with Social Action

There are several SOCIAL ACTION oriented events that are planned and ongoing this summer. Please be in touch with Cookie Glasser or Rachel Dash, the co-chairs of the Social Action Committee. I believe that Fran Thalheimer also has information on some URJ programs that are in progress or planned. There are many calls for our help and support – please consider what you would like to work towards and lend a hand as best you can.


 –  Rabbi Joe Blair

Updated info about virtual services

Most recent: Shabbat Friday, July 23rd

Click here to download PDF of Rabbi’s Blair’s Service Notice with links to the recording of the Shabbat Zoom service held July 23rd.
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 a PDF of directions to the Temple Cemetery.

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Please think generously and donate as you are able

Needs continue at elevated levels. Please be generous. There are so many who are struggling, and needs continue to run unusually high in light of the Corona Virus Pandemic impact.

In addition, there are many suffering from natural disasters, including volcanoes, flooding, typhoons, and fires – far too many endangered by violence caused by civil unrest and war in many locales, and uncountable numbers who are being hit by supply chain failures for food and medicines in many areas – not only locally, but globally. The result is that needs are greater now than anticipated, and the urgency is even greater than it might have been in better circumstances.

Please think generously and donate as you are able. Federated Jewish Charities, AJWS, HIAS, Mazon and so many other organizations are faced with requests from an overwhelming number of those in dire need, and our local charitable groups are experiencing needs not seen before. Please remember the many Tzedakah opportunities locally: Manna Meal, Covenant House, YWCA’s Sojourner’s Shelter, RCCR and all the other worthy causes in our community, and those beyond.

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

Upcoming Events

10:00 am Zoom Check In
Zoom Check In
Aug 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom Check In, Monday, 8/2/21, 10 am
11:30 am WVU OLLI course
WVU OLLI course
Aug 3 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
WVU OLLI Course – Beginning Bereshit: Opening the Zohar Rabbi[...]

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


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.

The next meeting of the Charleston Death Café will be announced later this summer.

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