Welcome to Temple Israel!
Our Mission Statement: Temple Israel is a sanctuary for prayer and inspiration, a vibrant center for Jewish learning, and a congregational home for living Torah. We are a source of strength and a force for good for Reform Jews, the greater community, and the world.
Since it was founded in 1854 by a small group of German immigrants as the first permanent Jewish house of worship in Tennessee, Temple Israel has grown into a vibrant and modern Reform Jewish synagogue that now serves 1,500 member families as a place to gather, to worship, to learn and to deepen Jewish identity and commitment.
Temple Israel is fortunate to have a caring and visionary clergy and staff in partnership with an active group of lay leaders, including the clerical team led by Rabbi Micah Greenstein, who continues Temple Israel's strong and historic commitment to the traditions of prayer, family, and Jewish identity.
Education is a cornerstone of Temple Israel, and a foundation of Temple's education program is the Wendy and Avron Fogelman Religious School, which includes Jewish education classes on Sunday mornings, Hebrew school, bar and bat mitzvah study, a Confirmation program, and advanced Jewish education classes for high school students.
Adult education offerings include weekly Torah study, Hebrew classes, lay-led learning opportunities, and recently integrated Live from NY's 92nd Street Y, the "premier venue for public discussions in the United States." Incorporated into the education program is the Temple Israel Museum, home of a remarkable treasure of Jewish ritual art featuring the Herta and Justin H. Adler Judaica Collection.
Temple's NAEYC accredited preschool, the Barbara K. Lipman Early Learning Center, daily cares for more than 100 children from ages nine months through kindergarten. The preschool's comprehensive curriculum incorporates Jewish values and teachings and offers Hebrew, computer, art, and music instruction and various special events throughout the school year.
Temple's historic congregation has been strengthened throughout the years by the dedicated and active members of the WRJ-Sisterhood and MRJ-Brotherhood. Temple's high school youth group, MeFTY, continues a long tradition of a thriving membership focused on Jewish learning and social action. And acts of loving kindness are spread from member to member via Temple's unique program affectionately known by congregants as God's Unfinished Business.
Temple Israel is located on a thirty-acre wooded campus in the heart of East Memphis at 1376 East Massey Road.
New members and families are always welcome at Temple Israel. Temple, as do all member congregations of the Union for Reform Judaism, welcomes all--regardless of their sexual orientation--to attend services and join as members. If you are interested in membership, please contact Temple so the appropriate Temple representative can get in touch with you right away.