On July 14, 1921, the founders of Temple Israel, met at the YMHA and heeded the call of a great many Jews in this city to establish a modem synagogue “which would comply with the thoughts of the American Jew and which would be conducted in accordance with the best traditions of Judaism” and thus Temple Israel began.
On September 11, 1927, the dedication of our present synagogue took place. In the words of Rabbi Max Arzt, “the dedication of this structure marks the consummation of three years of zealous activity and of untold sacrifice on the part of Temple Israel’s membership. Fascinatingly beautiful in every detail, the edifice is a fitting expression of our love and reverence for the faith of our fathers. The spirit that has actuated us all, was born of the determination to make the Synagogue function again in our lives as a center for Jewish thought and learning, for religious devotion, and for wholesome social life. We were all fired by the conviction that the Synagogue, which has guarded and nurtured the soul of Israel in all the lands of the dispersion, is indispensable to the further perpetuation of our priceless heritage in this, our blessed country.” More about our history
Let us honor our past, embrace our future, and celebrate, together October 21-23, 2022
The celebration begins with a Kabbalat Shabbat service at 5:45 followed by a festive catered dinner by Deluxe Philadelphia.
We will eat, drink, and celebrate our 100th (+) Year. The Temple will be filled with fun memories and memorabilia and films will be running continually to put smiles on our faces remembering the great times and accomplishments over the last 100 years.
In appreciation of 100 + years, the entire weekend is $100.00. This includes your fondness and support of Temple in addition to Shabbat Dinner, Luncheon Kiddush, Saturday night Centennial Speakeasy, and Sunday’s Time Capsule program coupled with a Minyonaires breakfast.