Welcome to Temple of Israel
The Place for Reform Judaism in the Cape Fear Region
We welcome visitors and new members with open arms. Temple of Israel is a vibrant, warm and caring congregation of approximately 180 families. Our membership is represented by all ages including singles, families with young children, empty nesters and retirees.
We are affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and follow the practices of Reform Judaism. We are an inclusive community, where everyone is welcome regardless of sexual orientation, race, whether a Jew by birth or by choice. Interfaith couples and families are welcomed and encouraged to take an active role in all activities. While many of our members are long time congregants, numerous others are relatively new additions to the Wilmington area. We greet the infusion of new individuals and families and welcome everyone’s unique perspective and creative ideas. We encourage everyone to share their time and talents and offer many opportunities to get involved in our congregational family.
We have a very active Religious School, Sisterhood and Men’s Club plus a full calendar of adult education, social activities, religious observance and celebrations and social action programs.
Organized in 1872, we are the first and oldest Jewish congregation in the state of North Carolina. We continue to worship in our beautifully maintained and historically preserved Temple, a Moorish Revival structure which was dedicated in 1876 and is located in the historic downtown district of Wilmington, NC. We also gather at the new Rita and Jonathan Reibman Center for Kehillah which was dedicated in 2015 and houses our social hall and kitchen, religious school, library, rabbi’s study, administrative offices, and meeting rooms.
If you have not already done so, we encourage you to experience Temple of Israel first hand. Come to Shabbat services and stay for the Oneg or attend another Temple event, meet the rabbi, and other members of the congregation.
To learn more about Temple of Israel and how you can join our family, please contact the Temple office at 910-762-0000. Our Membership Committee chairperson will be happy to answer your questions and provide further information. No one will be denied membership due to financial limitations and we will work with you to find a comfortable level of contribution.
Also visit our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TempleOfIsraelWilmngton/