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Shabbat Services

Shabbat worship at Temple Israel blends the ancient and the modern. We offer traditional and alternatives services that appeal to all ages. Our service offerings include:

  • Charlotte’s only egalitarian daily minyan.
  • Saturday morning services, which are traditional Hebrew services. The Torah reading is according to the triennial cycle.
  • Friday evening services, which feature considerable portions of English prayer.
  • Alternative Services, offered monthly, such as Java N' Jeans and Shabbat Blessings.
  • Ongoing educational opportunities for both youths and adults.
  • Family Shabbat celebrations, which occur monthly on Friday evenings.
  • Holiday celebrations including High Holy Days, Purim, Passover, Simchat Torah, Hanukkah and many more.
  • Basic Hebrew classes taught periodically by Temple staff and laity.
  • Junior Congregation, which meets every week religious school is in session.
  • Jewish Arts Programs providing opportunities for adults to learn to sound shofar; trope for Torah; haftarah; megillah; and leading services.
  • Weekly Talmud and Bible study with Rabbi Ezring.
  • Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah programs.


Traditional Services


6:15pm A modified traditional service featuring considerable portions of English prayer


Shacharit 9:30am
Torah 10:00am
Musaf 11:00am
Minchah / Ma’ariv 5:30pm
Traditional Hebrew services. The Torah reading is according to the triennial cycle.


Daily Minyan 9:00am/5:30pm



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Alternative Services

Java n’ Jeans

Do you have questions about Jewish prayer? Are you seeking a deeper meaning behind the prayers? Join Rabbi Klirs for Java ‘N Jeans at 10:00am – every other month, on the 1st Shabbat morning of the month. We will delve into and discuss the true meaning and purpose of prayer in an informal setting. Coffee is provided and we welcome everyone, regardless of background.  Feel free to wear your favorite pair of jeans or whatever you like! After a robust, interactive study session, everyone is invited to stay for the Kiddush luncheon afterwards.

Java N' Jeans will meet on February 3 and May 5 in the Boardroom.


Shabbat Blessings

Shabbat Blessings is a new kind of Shabbat morning experience which offers an opportunity for spiritual enrichment and renewal through sharing our own blessings and insights, in the context of relevant prayers, music and texts from our tradition.  Each time we meet we will explore one of the major themes or ideas of Jewish prayer through objects, poetry, stories, anecdotes or something else personal which interested participants bring to share.

Join Rabbi Klirs for this new adventure on March 3 and June 2 at 10 a.m. in the Mindy Ellen Levine Chapel, after which you are encouraged to join the congregation for the remainder of the service in the main sanctuary, followed by the Kiddush luncheon.



We welcome student groups to observe our services.  Please click here for more information.

Wed, November 21 2018 13 Kislev 5779