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Temple Beth Israel

801 W. Michigan Avenue ✡︎ Jackson, Michigan 49202 ✡︎ (517) 784-3862 ✡︎

As you're no doubt aware, our global and local health situation with COVID-19 is changing from minute to minute.  Based on guidance we've received from the Michigan Board of Rabbis and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Temple leadership has decided to cancel all activities until further noticeThis includes weekly Services and our Community Seder.

Please be assured that this was not an easy decision; however, responsible stewardship of our Temple community — as well as the greater civic community — requires us to take these unprecedented actions.  We are acutely aware that these are the times we most need support and encouragement, and we are looking into ways for us to safely maintain our sense of community.  We will also explore ways that we can support all of our members should they lack essential items.  In the meantime, please know that you can reach out to the Rabbi or other Temple leaders for any reason.

We will have weekly Virtual Services lead by Rabbi DeGroot.  A list of the upcoming Virtual Service dates and times is included in the Worship section.  For a list of other virtual Services go to: 

There will also be a Virtual Learning opportunity on Monday, April 6, at 7:00 pm -- Pre-Passover Learning with Rabbi Nate: "The 11th Plague: Passover in the Time of Coronovirus."  Again, if you are not on the TBI email list and want to 
attend notify Nancy Tharp (

Please stay well.  Know that we are all connected and, by sacrificing our weekly rituals and comfort, we are protecting each other and the World.


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Temple Beth Israel is a Reform synagogue formed in 1862 by Jews of German background. The Temple developed out of the Hebrew Benevolent Society, which had been organized in 1858, and was the second Reform Congregation in Michigan. Today we are a diverse and welcoming community committed to celebration and worship. We are a passionate Congregation comprised of both fifth- and first-generation members.

Reform Judaism has enabled the Jewish people to introduce innovation while preserving tradition, to embrace diversity while asserting commonality, to affirm beliefs without rejecting those who doubt, and to bring faith to sacred texts without sacrificing critical scholarship (Retrieved September 16, 2014, from, What is Reform Judaism?).

Temple Beth Israel Cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This 1-acre burial plot; located in Jackson, Michigan; contains over 270 burials representing four and five generations of Jackson families. The cemetery was dedicated in 1859 and is still accepting burials making it Michigan’s oldest Jewish Cemetery in continuous use.

Click here for the article titled Temple Beth Israel Celebrating 50th Anniversary With Smaller But Passionate Congregation

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