About Temple Israel

Welcome to Temple Israel of Boston. We are a warm and thriving community, devoted to the Jewish ideals of Torah, worship, and acts of loving-kindness. Whether your interest is study, worship, Jewish culture, early childhood education, or social contact with other Jews, you will find a diverse array of opportunities to explore at Temple Israel. We are located in the Longwood Medical Area with easy access by car or MBTA.   

Our Past

Congregation Adath Israel was founded in 1854 by German members of Temple Ohabei Shalom, who split with their Polish coreligionists over ethnic and ritual differences. The synagogue established its first home on Pleasant Street in the South End the same year. For its first 20 years, Adath Israel remained an Orthodox congregation, but as congregants gained more financial success and became more involved with the local community, they began to call for religious modifications to reflect their changing identity and social aspirations. (more)
Our Present

Today Temple Israel continues to make its mark in the Boston and Jewish Community. Check out
Temple Israel in the News, our Week in Review, and Members in the News to see what we have been up to.
Our Facilities, Wyner Museum and Archives

We are proud to have had many notable exhibits in our Wyner Museum. Currently, we are presenting two artists' views of Israel. Rachael Cerrotti, a local photojournalist, focuses on a contemporary look at Israel in her compelling photographs. Artist, Molly Murphy uses her beautiful watercolor technique to chronicle her 2013 trip to Israel, with Rabbis Friedman and Zecher. Please take time to enjoy both exhibits in the museum and the atrium.

In 1859, five years after the founding of Temple Israel, the congregation acquired land in Wakefield for use as its cemetery. Now, a 150 years later, the cemetery remains an important resource for Temple Israel and its members, as well as a window on the history of Jewish Boston. (
Facility Rental

Host your next simcha, business meeting or social gathering here at Temple Israel.

Temple Israel offers a range of spaces for a variety of purposes, including a newly renovated and remodeled auditorium that is available for members and non-members. The Levi Auditorium (4,414 square feet and can accomodate up to 443 people) is not only a gorgeous award-winning venue but also offers expansive audio-visual technology that can cater to your event's specific needs. This space also offers a new state-of-the-art kitchen that can be used by your caterer. In addition to the Levi Auditorium, there is a gracious, light-filled lobby perfect for your cocktail hour or pre-event gathering. (