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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Bulletin Archives


From the Union For Reform Judaism / Reform Movement

Taking a Breath for Life: URJ’s Actions to Build Resilience

Taking a Breath for Life: URJ’s Actions to Build Resilience jemerman January 19, 2022

On Tu Bishvat we celebrated trees and a season of new growth. I've been doing lots of thinking about trees, as I frequently do, and the role they play in providing oxygen for the planet. At the Union of Reform Judaism, we provide oxygen to our communities by creating compassionate spaces for our participants to grow and thrive. We can respond to current and future challenges by fostering resilience that reflect our Jewish values.

For Colleyville, Texas

For Colleyville, Texas jemerman January 18, 2022

This is a prayer of healing for the hostages freed from Congregation Beth Israel, Colleyville, Texas, as well as the congregation and the community.

The Worst Ninety Minutes in Jewish History

The Worst Ninety Minutes in Jewish History jemerman January 14, 2022

Eighty years ago on January 20, 1942, the infamous Wannsee Conference took place in a large lakeside three-story mansion in suburban Berlin. Fifteen Nazi German leaders attended the meeting that coordinated plans to "orderly execute" ---murder--- millions of Jews during World War II.

“Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children”

“Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children” jemerman January 11, 2022

The upcoming holiday of Tu BiShvat -- the birthday of the trees - brings back a memory of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. In the museum is an enormous cross-section of a giant sequoia tree. Standing before it is a sublime experience. The cross-section overwhelms you with its sheer size, inspiring questions about the size of the tree it was cut from.