“Temple Israel is a welcoming and vibrant center of Jewish life for our region, l’dor vador... from generation to generation”
Temple Israel was established in 1971 as the merger of the former congregations of Temple Emanuel and Tiffereth Israel, whose heritage goes back over 120 years. It is the only full-service synagogue in a radius of 150 miles. We are a Jewish social, religious, cultural, and educational center for Duluth, Northeastern Minnesota and Wisconsin’s Lake Superior South Shore.
Our congregation includes people from traditional Jewish backgrounds, interfaith families, and people with little or no previous Jewish learning or experience. Our membership includes families, couples, and singles; children and elders; Jews by birth and Jews by choice (or still choosing). We value and seek to include everyone who shares our commitment to living and learning about compassionate, ethical Judaism regardless of age, marital status, income level, sexual orientation, gender identity, race or disability.
Temple Israel holds Shabbat services each Friday evening at 6 p.m. The service is followed by an oneg/refreshment/social hour. The first Friday evening of each month is a family service and is followed by a free dairy-veggie Shabbat dinner. All ages are welcome to all services, though the monthly family service is especially geared towards families with young children. Shabbat morning services each week begin at 10 a.m. An interfaith Torah Study group meets at 9:15 a.m. each Saturday over coffee (and occasionally sweets) in the Community Hall prior to the 10 a.m. service. The service is followed by a free kiddush lunch.
Our Religious and Hebrew School includes programs for pre-schoolers through teenagers, culminating in Confirmation after two years of post-Bar/Bat Mitzvah studies. Adult education programs are also offered each year. For further information, please contact Temple Israel's administrator, Cathy Wright, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to contact Rabbi David Steinberg directly, you can e-mail him at email@example.com. Our youth education director, Andrea Novel Buck can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org . Any of the above can also be reached by phone at (218) 724-8857.
Temple Israel is affiliated with both the Reform ("Union for Reform Judaism") and Reconstructionist ("Reconstructing Judaism") movements.