Welcome to Temple of Israel
in Wilmington, North Carolina

Temple of Israel is your Reform Jewish home in Southeastern North Carolina. Come celebrate Jewish life with us! We offer varied weekly activities including Shabbat services, religious school for children, education for learners of all ages, social action programs and social events. Whether you are here to learn, grow, pray or connect, there are many ways to get involved and we have a place for you in our community.

We look forward to meeting you at a Shabbat service on Friday nights at 7pm (now in person and online) or one of our educational, social action or social events. Please check out our events listings below to learn more, and feel free to contact us HERE for more information. We look forward to welcoming you!

TEMPLE COVID POLICY UPDATE 

Temple of Israel will currently be holding Shabbat Services both in-person at the Reibman Center and online via Zoom and Facebook.  As a reflection of the Jewish imperative of “pikuach nefesh,” we encourage everyone to be fully vaccinated or wear a mask while inside the building.

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Restoration 150 Fund

The beautiful Temple of Israel has been a landmark in Wilmington for almost 147 years. Built in 1876, the Moorish Revival style Temple is the oldest synagogue in continuous use in North Carolina and one of the oldest in the United States. This Temple is an architectural jewel.

The historic Temple of Israel, at 4th and Market in Wilmington, North Carolina, the oldest congregation in continuous use in the State of North Carolina needs your help. Its almost 150-year-old sanctuary is in need of repair, beyond what our small congregation can afford. It has been closed since March, 2020. 

We ​are grateful for the generosity of our many donors who have participated ​thus far. Additional contribution​s​​ to our campaign are greatly appreciated.

To show your support:

  • Mail a check to Temple of Israel, 922 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401, Attn: Restoration 150 Fund or
  • Click the box below to donate!

For more information on the Restoration 150 Fund, click here. 

2022-12 FRONT COVER
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From the Union For Reform Judaism / Reform Movement

Community and Tzedakah at Hanukkah: An Interview with Authors Joelle Reizes and Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler

Community and Tzedakah at Hanukkah: An Interview with Authors Joelle Reizes and Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler jemerman December 8, 2022

One of the biggest challenges parents can face during Hanukkah is helping their children see that it is a distinct holiday, rather than just a "Jewish Christmas." We sat down with co-authors Joelle Reizes (she/her) and Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler (he/him) to talk about all things Hanukkah.

Measuring Demons in a Post-Pandemic World

Measuring Demons in a Post-Pandemic World jemerman December 8, 2022

I spent months hiding inside my home after Covid-19 was declared a global health emergency. During that time, the Talmudic description of evil spirits resonated with me. It was certainly how I felt, surrounded by invisible threats just outside my door. Since I am a children's author, I channeled these fears into a picture book featuring a supernatural spirit.

Beyond Sufganiyot and Latkes: 6 Delicious Recipes to Add Some Sephardic Flavor to Your Table

Beyond Sufganiyot and Latkes: 6 Delicious Recipes to Add Some Sephardic Flavor to Your Table jemerman December 7, 2022

As Hanukkah is deeply entwined with food, especially fried food, we've found some delicious Sephardic recipes to add to your celebration, sourced with permission from Hélène Jawhara Piñer's cookbook, Sephardi: Cooking the History.

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Jewish Man

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Jewish Man jemerman November 29, 2022

Two films from acclaimed Jewish filmmakers have debuted during award season this year, each taking semi-autobiographical looks at troubled childhoods. Each picture delivers award-worthy performances from many well-known actors, including Anthony Hopkins and Michelle Williams as sure bets to score Oscar nominations.