Synagogues in the Southeast US

eth Israel Congregation

316 Park Ave., Florence, SC 29501 
Phone: (843) 669-9724
Fax: (843) 669-7592

Welcome to Beth Israel Congregation and our Jewish community, in Florence, South Carolina. Beth Israel Congregation considers itself to be an "Area Synagogue" with members coming from the immediate Florence area and numerous outlying communities within a sixty mile radius. Today, Beth Israel, is the most important Jewish institution/organization in the area and is the center for all Jewish life.

Established as a Reform congregation over 90 years ago, Beth Israel is in the mainstream of Reform Judaism and is warm to Jewish Tradition. We celebrate Sabbath and all holidays as a large family. We celebrate God and our covenant with God as have our ancestors for thousands of years.

A Welcome from the Congregation

Shalom, and welcome to Beth Israel Congregation. As you prepare to tour our synagogue and involve yourself in the religious traditions of our family, we want to offer few brief thoughts. In our opening, we offered the greeting of Shalom. Shalom is a wonderful word. It expresses the hope and prayer for world peace and unity. Literally translated, Shalom means fulfillment. As we greet each other with this word, we ask God to grant us fulfillment-- to make our lives full and our needs only remembrances of times past.

Secondly, we offered a welcome. That is our job, to welcome, to make some one feel welcome, and to fulfill their needs for comfort, strength, healing, and provide an atmosphere in which one can concentrate on the blessing of speaking to God.

Thirdly, we must remember that this is Beth Israel. Our name literally translates as the 'House of Israel'. We greet each other and care for each other, not just because we may be friendly, but because this is our role. In the same way that we learn of Abraham, our ancestor who welcomed all into his tent, we welcome all who come our way. This is a house for all the children of Israel. This is a house to welcome all who descend from Abraham, Isaac, and Israel.  This is a house where the whole world, is welcome regardless of descendency; just as the wise King Solomon declared the Temple he built to be a house of worship for all God's creation. Within the walls of our home here, we share the simcha (joy) of life, the tsooris (troubles) thrown in our path, the celebrations of our heritage and the lessons taught and passed down through generations. As a family we laugh together, help mend the pain that causes tears; we dance and sing; we study; and . . . together we pray. Join our family, add your unique flavor to our crock pot, and help the stew simmer; your music to our song. Let our senses be filled with taste of our Judaic heritage while we join in the waltz of God. Again, we offer our welcome and prayer for..........Shalom

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