There is a Place for Everyone at Temple Israel!

Welcome to Temple Israel of Wilkes-Barre PA, an egalitarian conservative congregation with a ninety year history. Our membership is proud to include multi-generation families, newcomers to our community, and many interfaith couples. Our congregation provides the ideal combination of traditional practices and observances with an innovative and creative perspective of contemporary Jewish life. There is a place for everyone at Temple Israel.

Our dynamic clergy and dedicated staff are enthusiastic professionals, eager to help you understand how Temple Israel can best meet your spiritual, cultural, educational, and social needs. We offer beautiful Shabbat services and have specially themed Shabbats as well (e.g. Educators Shabbat, Family Shabbat, Healthcare Shabbat, Law Day Shabbat).

We also have a number of adult education opportunities including adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah classes, Lunch and Learn, Book Club, Hava Nashir and an involved Women's League. Our religious school has been designated as a United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism School of Excellence since 2002, serving preschool through middle school students in a loving and nurturing environment.

We are fortunate to have devoted and hard working lay leaders who serve on our Board of Trustees, Religious School Board, and Women's League. Thanks to the foresight of our previous religious and lay leadership, Temple Israel has special Endowment funds that assist in sponsoring outstanding lectures, concerts, and scholar-in-residence weekends.

Our congregation of nearly 400 forms a genuinely warm, welcoming community. Please give us a call to learn more about us and to set up a customized visit. Jane Messinger, Temple Israel Administrator, is available to answer any of your questions and may be contacted via email at or by phone at 570-824-8927. Please also feel free to contact Rabbi Kaplan or our Board President, Joe Mitchneck, and view our New Member Brochure.


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Temple Israel
239 South River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Phone: 570.824.8927 Fax: 570.824.1537
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