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!

Due to the rise of covid cases in our area and our desire to keep everyone safe, services and Religious School will be held online only during January. Committee meetings will also be held via Zoom, if possible.

As a reminder, anyone entering the building must be properly wearing a mask at all times and vaccines are required for all those old enough to receive them.
The Zoom links for all services and programs are available in the calendar below. The Covid Task Force met on January 9 and plans to meet again on January 30 to reassess the situation.

Big Nosh

Corned Beef, Pastrami, and more!

Last day to order:  February 11, 2022

Pre-Order Pick Up: February 24, 2022

between 10am and 2pm at the Reibman Center

922 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Click HERE!

Restoration 150 Fund

The beautiful Temple of Israel has been a landmark in Wilmington for almost 146 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 needs financial help. It is the oldest Jewish house of worship in the state of North Carolina, and its almost 150-year old sanctuary requires urgent repair. 

The Restoration 150 Fund plans to raise $500,000. The half million to be raised is today’s equivalent of the $20,000 it took to originally build the structure in 1875.

 To show your support:

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

Your support is greatly appreciated and tax deductible!

Click the button to donate!

For more information on the Restoration 150 Project, click here

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From the Union For Reform Judaism / Reform Movement

Honoring Korean Lunar New Year (Seollal)

Honoring Korean Lunar New Year (Seollal) jemerman January 28, 2022

Last year, I spent Seollal, or Korean New Year, with my family in Busan. The symbolism, the spirituality, and the elaborate order of charye remind me of Jewish holidays and rituals.

Remembrance and Beyond: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Remembrance and Beyond: International Holocaust Remembrance Day rj-admin-new January 27, 2022

What does it mean to remember? It is to live in more than one world, to prevent the past from fading, and to call upon the future to illuminate it.

Film Review: Breaking Bread

Film Review: Breaking Bread jemerman January 25, 2022

It's rare to find a documentary set in the Middle East that isn't mired in politics and discord. Rarer still is one bathed in the kind of optimism and goodwill found in Beth Elise Hawk's new film, Breaking Bread. An inside look at a three-day food festival in Haifa, Israel, pairing Israeli and Muslim Arab chefs, Breaking Bread pursues peace through the power of creating top-notch cuisine.

Going Beyond Roe to Honor its 49th Anniversary

Going Beyond Roe to Honor its 49th Anniversary jemerman January 24, 2022

Last Saturday, January 22nd, marked the 49th anniversary of the US Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision. The Roe decision was revolutionary, as it protected a pregnant person's right to have an abortion, without excessive government restrictions. Now, we face a grim reality that Roe may not reach its 50 th anniversary. This spring, the Court will deliver its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, the case that could functionally overturn Roe. If this happens, almost half the states in the US are poised to ban abortion entirely.