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, Oct 16 @ 7:30 PM – Rabbi-led Shabbat service

Fri, Oct 30 @ 7:30 PM – Community Awareness Shabbat

Upcoming class at THOI:  The Anthropology of Evil, given by Stephen Kennemer

Wednesdays, October 14-November 18, from 7 pm-9 pm.  It is pay what you will and is open to everyone in the Staunton community.

This course is an inquiry into how to define evil.  Evil will be examined from sociological, psychological, biological, and theological perspectives. Both person evil and evil done by groups, tribes, and nations will be considered.  We will entertain the question of when human moral evil arose and what its history has been and attempt to account for evil of psychopaths and ordinary, law-abiding citizens.  We will examine a wide variety of historical events as well as fictional treatments of evil.  Finally we will ask if evil can be prevented.

This course is developed and taught by Stephen Kennemere, who is well-known and respected in the community.  Stephen holds a BS from Virginia Commonwealth University.  He is a lifelong educator, a teacher at both high school and college level. He is a former music and sometime drama critic for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Questions or to sign up:  LectureSeries@hotmail.com


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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

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 […]

September Looking at Jews: Teshuvah/Repentance

September 5th, 2015|0 Comments

A focus on the process of Teshuvah/Repentance in the column for this month.

Take a look HERE.

Rabbi Joe

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