Temple Israel is Memphis’ largest and oldest congregation. Founded in 1854, it is the only Reform synagogue in Memphis and has nearly 1,750 families. It strives to reflect the wide diversity of its members and their religious, educational, personal, and community involvement aspirations.
Shabbat services are held every Friday evening at 6:15 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Tot Shabbat services and dinner for young families are also held throughout the year.
Activities for children include daycare, preschool and kindergarten classes during the week and Sunday Religious School for Kindergarten through twelfth grades. Youth programs include community service, spiritual, educational and social activities for students of all ages. Temple Israel teens can also participate in MeFTY, the 9th through 12th grade high school youth group that is affiliated with NFTY, the North American Federation of Temple Youth.
Adult programs include WRJ-Sisterhood, Brotherhood, and a wide variety of adult education programs on many topics, including "Exploring Judaism" and Hebrew classes. A Shabbat morning Torah study on the portion of the week, led by a clergy member, is held from 8:45 a.m.-9:45 a.m. every Shabbat. There are also special programs and social activities for singles and couples of all ages.
Members are encouraged to become involved through the above programs and by participating in holiday and cultural events, fund-raising programs, and various committees. In addition, there are many social action programs offering a wide array of opportunities that serve the Jewish and greater communities.