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 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.

   Support the Temple Ukrainian Fund ~ Donate to help Ukrainian Refugees


SLICHOT ~ Saturday, September 17
     7:00pm     Film & Discussion (RC/Zoom)
     8:00pm     Dessert Reception (RC)
     8:30pm     Havdallah Slichot Service (RC/Zoom/Facebook)  

EREV ROSH HASHANAH ~ Sunday, September 25    
     8:00pm     Service (RC/Zoom/Facebook)  
                                Followed by Oneg
ROSH HASHANAH ~ Monday, September 26
     10:00am    Morning Service (RC/Zoom/Facebook)  
     2:00pm      Children’s Service  (RC & Zoom)
     4:00pm      Tashlich (Battleship Park & Facebook)
ROSH HASHANAH CONTINUES  ~ Tuesday, September 27
     5:00pm      Rosh Hashanah Torah Study (Zoom)

SHABBAT SHUVAH ~ Friday, September 30  
     7:00pm      Service (RC, Zoom, & Facebook)

EREV YOM KIPPUR ~ Tuesday, October 4
      8:00pm     Kol Nidres Service (RC Zoom, & Facebook)

YOM KIPPUR~ Wednesday, October 5
     10:00am     Morning Service (RC, Zoom, & Facebook)
      2:00pm        Children’s Service (RC, Zoom)
      3:00pm       Musical Meditation (RC, Zoom)
     4:00pm       Afternoon Torah Program (RC, Zoom)
     5:00pm       Yizkor (RC, Zoom, & Facebook)
     5:45pm       Neilah (RC, Zoom, & Facebook)
   Followed by Break the Fast
Click HERE for a printable High Holy Days Schedule

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​ now needs financial help as its almost 150 year old sanctuary requires urgent repair. We have nearly reached our initial goal but because of raising construction costs, we are continuing our fundraising efforts.

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 button below to donate online.

Click the box below to donate!

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

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From the Union For Reform Judaism / Reform Movement

Antisemitism Finally Hits Home for Me

Antisemitism Finally Hits Home for Me jemerman September 29, 2022

In the many years (57 to be exact) that I have been in an interfaith marriage, I felt somehow removed from antisemitism. I was raised in a Roman Catholic family, and, while there were a few comments from aunts and uncles when I got engaged, it was the 1960s, and I was in love. I believed we would figure it out as we went along.

Rebuilding After the Storms of Life: An Interview with Rabbi Joseph Meszler

Rebuilding After the Storms of Life: An Interview with Rabbi Joseph Meszler jemerman September 22, 2022

We sat down with Rabbi Joseph Meszler, author of "The Sukkah in the Storm: A Sukkot Story," to discuss the ways this story teaches children about strength, resilience, community, and asking for help.

Keeping Family Close, Regardless of Distance

Keeping Family Close, Regardless of Distance jemerman September 21, 2022

As I boarded the plane to Israel in the summer of 2002 for my first year of rabbinical school at HUC in Jerusalem, my mother said, "Please, just don't meet an Israeli." As soon as the plane touched down at Ben Gurion airport, I knew that I was home. A few months later, I met that Israeli. From our first conversation, he understood that I was studying to be a rabbi, and I understood that he wanted to live only in Israel.

A Vegan Rosh HaShanah for a Sweet New Year

A Vegan Rosh HaShanah for a Sweet New Year jemerman September 14, 2022

I am vegan because I am Jewish. Everything that led me to a vegan practice came from my childhood where I kept kosher, learned by asking thoughtful questions, and practiced daily rituals like hand washing and reciting brachot that brought intention to aspects of daily life.