Temple Israel, or Congregation B'nai Israel, began from the early Jewish settlers in the recently founded city of Charleston. By 1856, Congregation B’nai Israel - present-day Temple Israel - was informally organized, predating the creation of the state of West Virginia by seven years, and formally chartered as the Hebrew Educational Society with sixteen members in 1873. Shortly thereafter, the congregation became one of the founding members of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, now the Union for Reform Judaism. In 1960, the congregation moved into its current temple on Kanawha Boulevard East and continues to serve Charleston’s Jewish community.
Backstory and Context
Temple Israel Cemetery (B’nai Israel Cemetery). Temple Israel. May 28, 2019. https://templeisraelwv.org/cemetery/.
Jewish Communities in West Virginia. West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History. May 28, 2019. http://www.wvculture.org/arts/ethnic/jewish.html.
Shinedling, A I. Virtual Jewish World: West Virginia, United States. Jewish Virtual Library. May 28, 2019. https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/west-virginia-jewish-history.