TEMPLE OF ISRAEL
|On May 12, 1876 the new Temple of Israel was dedicated. During the ensuing one hundred and twenty seven years, services have continued uninterrupted and today the Temple of Israel stands as the oldest Jewish house of worship in the state of North Carolina.|
The purpose of this congregation shall be to worship God in accordance with the faith of Judaism; to provide for its members and their children a love and understanding of our Jewish heritage; to support our Jewish brethren everywhere; and to apply the ethical teachings of Judaism to our relations with Society.
The exterior of the Temple was restored during the spring of 1982 and 2000. The colors used to restore the building, including the golden domes, were those of the original colors of paint. The front door is the original door. The Temple has been approved by the Wilmington Historic Commission as an historic site.
OVERVIEWOur religious Services are rooted in Reform Judaism. We describe our style of religious observance of Reform Judaism as “warm” or “hamishe.” Our “minhag” or ritual, is one that tries to evoke the deep sense of spirituality in those who worship with us. At the same time, we utilize the elements of our rich heritage to give us a range of observance where any Jew, whatever his/her Jewish background, might feel comfortable within our worship service.
At all our Services we encourage full congregational participation. This participation enhances the vibrant spirit of our worship. Everyone is welcome to participate in the worship service. Many of the prayers can be read in English.
REGULAR FRIDAY NIGHT SERVICES
During Shabbat and Festival Services the prayer book we use is Gates of Prayer. Our Shabbat Service begins at 8:00 pm Friday evening, during which the Torah is read and the Rabbi delivers a sermon. We have about the same amount of Hebrew and English in our Service, and we vary our music in an attempt to formulate a mix of traditional and contemporary prayers. We encourage singing and participation at Services. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have a talented choir with an experienced director. There are times when our Shabbat Service is creative and experimental. All Shabbat Services are followed by an Oneg Shabbat, which is coordinated by the Ladies Concordia Society. Oneg means pleasure, or delight, and the sweetness of the Oneg further enhances the Shabbat by enjoying refreshments as we socialize.
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CALL US for an informative consultation: Direct Line: 843-272-3335, Toll Free: 800-359-5618.
Toll Free: 1-800-359-5618, Direct Line: 843-272-3335
P.O. Box 410, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29597
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