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Temple Israel (Director of Lifelong Jewish Learning)

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Temple Israel, generally referred to as "Temple," is an urban congregation dedicated to serving a diverse community for over 135 years. Temple Israel celebrates its rich diversity as a congregation, a vibrant community comprised of many smaller communities and is very inclusive for inter-faith families. Temple Israel was the first synagogue established in Minneapolis and is now one of the ten largest congregations in the United States.

Temple Israel was organized in 1878, originally named Shaarai Tov, "The Gates of Goodness." The 23 founding members rented a hall at Nicollet and Washington Avenues for Friday night worship services, and taught Sunday school classes in the president's home. In 1920, the congregation changed its name to Temple Israel.

Temple Israel is extremely proud of their strength in Clergy leadership. Each Clergy member in Temple’s history has taken Temple Israel to new heights. For a more in-depth look at the impact of each Clergy member and an overall history of Temple Israel, please visit https://templeisrael.com/history.

In 2001, Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman became Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel, becoming the first woman Senior Rabbi of a congregation of over 2,000 families. She has led this historic congregation through exciting events during her tenure. The congregation beautifully refurbished their magnificent sanctuary, and has recently opened their doors to a newly renovated building.

The Mission Statement of Temple Israel is:
Temple Israel is a large, urban, Reform synagogue that exists:
To be a welcoming and accessible place for worship, for lifelong learning, for celebration and for gathering;


To meet the religious, life cycle, social and educational needs of its congregants;


To take a leadership role in our community and promote strong bonds between our Jewish and non-Jewish communities at-large.