Welcome!  Temple House of Israel is a Reform Jewish congregation in Staunton, Virginia with members from Staunton and surrounding towns and counties.  We also welcome students from the several college campuses in our area.

Learn about us, read about our history and what’s new in our bulletin, see our calendar, meet Rabbi Joe Blair, find interesting links, get directions, or learn how to contact us.

For information on events and the timing of Shabbat or Holiday services, please visit the calendar (linked in the bar above).

We look forward to meeting and greeting you when you come to our community!

Fri, Dec 4 @ 5:00 PM – Funeral service for Susan Webb

Fri, Dec 4 @ 7:30 PM – Rabbi-led Shabbat service

Sat, Dec 12 @ 6:00 PM – Chanukah Dinner/Silent Auction

Fri, Jan 8 @ 7:30 PM – Shabbat service – Rev. Reed Hopkins of Loch Willow Presbyterian Church in Churchville will be our guest, delivering a sermon at our Shabbat service.  In turn, Rabbi Joe will be delivering a sermon at his Church on Sunday, January 10th.

Fri, Jan 22 @ 7:30 PM – Shabbat service – Rev. Katherine Low, Chaplain and Professor at Mary Baldwin College will be our guest, delivering a sermon at our Shabbat service.  In turn, Rabbi Joe will be offering an “Ask the Rabbi” session to Quest students and others at Mary Baldwin on the 20th.


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We have started a FUN fundraiser for this coming year – for a $25 fee, 6 adult and 6 baby bright pink plastic flamingos can be ordered to be stealthily placed in the yard of a local friend, relative, neighbor, etc. along with your message telling them why they have been “flocked” (e.g. happy birthday or anniversary, to say thank you or Mazel Tov or just on account of because!!)  These adorable flamingos will visit for 24 hours and then be picked up by someone from the stealth flamingo flocking team.  Questions or to order a flocking, please contact Debbie Jacobs at: deb1130@hotmail.com or Beth Young at: bydesign1993@gmail.com

The following articles were written by our own Dr. Ruth Chodrow and published in the Augusta County Historical Society Bulletin.  For more information about the Society, please visit www.augustacountyhs.org

Temple History article

Jewish Merchants article

October Looking at Jews: A Time to Make Repairs and Repent

October 10th, 2015|0 Comments

This is the October 2015 newspaper column that Rabbi Joe writes.
This month it wraps up the High […]

Yom Kippur: Soul Journey – Sermon by Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell

September 30th, 2015|0 Comments

 Temple House of Israel, Staunton, VA
Yom Kippur
22 September 2015/10 Tishrei 5776
Sue Levi Elwell


שנה טובה / Shana […]

Rosh Hashana Eve: Avinu Malkenu By Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell

September 20th, 2015|0 Comments

Rosh HaShana Eve


Temple House of Israel

Staunton, VA

13 September 2015

Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell



L’Shana Tova!


I have had the […]

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