Restoration 150 Campaign

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 to the right to donate online.

Your support is greatly appreciated and tax-deductible!



History of the Temple of Israel

by Beverly Tetterton

We have published a second edition of The History of the Temple of Israel, a 46-page color book with photographs, not only of the history of the Temple but also the history of the Ladies Concordia Society. The initial printing of 50 books was donated by Walter Pancoe and is a fundraiser for the 150 Restoration Campaign to restore our synagogue. For a minimum donation of $100 to the 150 Restoration Campaign, the book can be purchased and signed by Beverly.

Beverly Tetterton ran the New Hanover County Library’s North Carolina Room from its start in the 1980s to when she retired in 2012 as the Research Librarian & Archivist. She was one of the StarNews Media Lifetime Achievement Award recipients for 2020. Beverly was a pioneer in digital archives, creating the first in North Carolina.