• Inspire

    The world is based on three things Torah, Avodah, and Gemilut Chasadim
  • Chesed

    Acts of loving kindness and compassion Making the world a better place for all
  • Tikkun Olam Social Action

    Repairing the world with good deeds…Healing and transforming those in need
  • Interfaith Commitment

    We are committed to working with all religions, and are happy to welcome interfaith couples.

Welcome to Our Temple

 Welcome to Beth Israel Congregation and our Jewish community, in FlorenceSouth Carolina. Beth Israel Congregation considers itself to be an “Area Synagogue” with members coming from the immediate Florence area and numerous outlying communities within a sixty mile radius. Today, Beth Israel, is the most important Jewish institution/organization in the area and is the center for all Jewish life.

    Established as a Reform congregation over 90 years ago, Beth Israel is in the mainstream of Reform Judaism and is warm to Jewish Tradition. We celebrate Sabbath and all holidays as a large family. We celebrate God and our covenant with God as have our ancestors for thousands of years.

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From the Union For Reform Judaism / Reform Movement

What is Juneteenth to a Black Jew?

What is Juneteenth to a Black Jew? kbkaput June 10, 2021

While Juneteenth marks an incredibly important step in Black American rights, it was just that – one step. Juneteenth celebrated slavery becoming illegal, but it did not do away with racism; not even close. And yet, the history and spirit of Juneteenth make me hopeful.

The Ethical Conundrum of a Jewish and Democratic State

The Ethical Conundrum of a Jewish and Democratic State jstern June 8, 2021

When the State of Israel was established in 1948, its secular founders envisioned a nation that would be both Jewish and attuned to the values of liberal democracy. They were confident that a country with an overwhelming Jewish majority could maintain a Jewish character and ensure civic equality for all its inhabitants.

The Tulsa Massacre in the Yiddish Press

The Tulsa Massacre in the Yiddish Press jstern June 8, 2021

On June 2nd, 1921, when news of the Tulsa massacre reached New York, Yiddish newspapers in the city were unified in their impassioned coverage of the events.

Final Account: Film Review

Final Account: Film Review jstern June 7, 2021

The film, produced by the USC Shoah Foundation, attempts to capture the recollections of an elderly subset of Germans who lived through the Third Reich and will soon no longer be around to give voice to what they witnessed.