Growing & Fostering Our Jewish World

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Temple Israel is a Reform Temple that promotes the enduring and fundamental principles of Judaism. Through prayer, study and friendship we strive to enrich our lives and insure Jewish continuity in Highlands County.

Temple Israel is a caring center of Jewish activity in the Florida Heartland. We reflect a concern for individuals, as well as the community at large, while promoting an acceptance and adherence to our traditions.

Our beautiful Sanctuary and our Cantor provide warm and meaningful Shabbats, Torah Studies, Festivals, and High Holy Days, as well as all Life Cycle ceremonies. We offer educational activities for children as needed, as well as for adults. We also have a Women’s Lunch Bunch, which meets every month.

Everyone is encouraged to participate with us in our beloved Jewish heritage.

Service are now online.

Dear friends of Temple Israel,

Your health and safety is of the utmost concern to us. With the situation engendered by the current public health emergency around the country and the world, we want to protect everyone.

Our Temple is currently closed to the public, our Shabbat and High Holy Day Services will continue to be available on Facebook Live. We offer a Shabbat service on Facebook Live every other week.  We look forward to reopening.

Here is the link to access the live services or the saved videos of our past services since we closed our doors due to the pandemic.

Https://www.Facebook.com/662042600572611/live/

 

 

Cantor Riselle Bain on WNMF – SUNDAY SIMCHA – 25 November 2019

 

 

 

From the Union For Reform Judaism / Reform Movement

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