• 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

For the Love of Jeff: A Reflection on Mister Rogers’ Most Memorable Young Guest

For the Love of Jeff: A Reflection on Mister Rogers’ Most Memorable Young Guest jemerman November 30, 2021

At 10, Jeff Erlanger appeared on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” in his wheelchair. I recently asked Jeff’s parents about how they raised such a competent and loving son.

Reflections on the Significance of December 7 on American Jewry

Reflections on the Significance of December 7 on American Jewry jemerman November 29, 2021

December 7 marks the 80th anniversary of the surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu. The attack led to America's formal entry into World War II. What ensued would have a profound impact on Jews everywhere, including the American Jewish community.

For Some of Us the Holidays Are Just…Hard

For Some of Us the Holidays Are Just…Hard jemerman November 18, 2021

As we head into the holiday season, I am acutely aware of how much different this year is going to be than previous ones. I will be celebrating without my mom for the first time. My mother died in January 2021, and I'm still dealing with the unexpected waves of grief that wash over me, sometimes out of nowhere. As I head into this first winter holiday season without her, I'm not quite sure I know what to expect, other than everything is going to be very different.

Reimagining Hanukkah Gift-Giving

Reimagining Hanukkah Gift-Giving jemerman November 18, 2021

There are a lot of creative ways to make Hanukkah meaningful when we pause to ask ourselves a few good questions before automatically going into shopping mode.