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    AVODAH: An egalitarian atmosphere for religious expression, respecting every member’s spiritual journey
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    TORAH: To deepen our members’ understanding of Jewish text and tradition
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    TZEDEK: We pursue social justice, striving toward tikkun olam through deeds of righteousness and loving-kindness
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    KEHILAH: To be a warm, welcoming, inclusive and responsive community, offering comfort, joy, friendship and support

Welcome to Temple Adath Israel

Sanctuary WindowYour Jewish home in Lexington, Kentucky

Temple Adath Israel began as a family venture, 110 years ago. New immigrants and settled Jews brought their families together to form this holy community. Our family has grown and diversified, but we are still family. We celebrate with each other and cry with each other. Our leadership is culled from people who have been here for generations and from people relatively new to the community. Our affiliate groups ensure that every member of our family has a relevant place to flourish in our community.

Please note that out of an abundance of caution and care for the safety of our congregation, we have not yet resumed public gatherings. We invite you to join us for Erev Shabbat services via Zoom, Fridays at 7 p.m. 

Click here to register for services on Zoom! 

We will be online beginning at 6:30 p.m. to address any technical issues you may have, but we also invite you to hop on early to say hello and visit with your fellow congregants before services begin at 7 p.m. We look forward to “seeing” you!! If you would rather bypass Zoom, you can watch on Facebook.

The CCAR has revised the flipbook for Shabbat services; you’ll find it here. Please select the second of the four options that show up, the volume titled “Weekdays, Shabbat, and Festivals.” This will allow us to be on the same page, literally and figuratively. Simply enter the page number that Rabbi Wirtschafter or service leaders instruct you to type into the navigation box at the bottom of the page/file.

Other Resources for Following a Service online
To allow members of our communities to follow along with our services online, URJ has created:
* A discounted Kindle ebook version (click here)
* A free online flip book for Mishkan T’filah for Youth (click here)
* A discounted version of the Kindle ebook (click here)

The Social Action Committee’s annual High Holidays food drive is going online this year. Rather than asking you to buy canned and other food to drop off at the temple, we are urging you to donate to the TAI High Holidays Fund for Food. Our goal is to raise $2,000, which would enable the Lexington-based food bank to supply 16,000 meals for kids, teens, adults and seniors.

To donate, go to TAIfundforfood.causevox.com; or look for the link on the TAI Facebook page and in emails from TAI.

If everyone donates what they normally spend on foodstuffs for our High Holidays food drive, we can reach our goal!


Rabbi Wirtschafter has issued a statement in regards to the recent Grand Jury ruling on the Breonna Taylor killing. Please click on this link to read his statement.

A Rosh Hashanah Greeting from the Wirtschafter-Sippy Family



For a list of ways to help our community, please click here.

Upcoming Events

  1. Sun 27

    Meditation Group

    Sep 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  2. Mon 28
  3. Mon 28
  4. Fri 02

Get Connected

Photo Gallery

Take a look at different events, occasions, and ‘happenings’ here at our temple.

Social Action

Our community is actively involved with coordinating the efforts of the congregation’s activities, fulfilling the mitzvah of tikkun olam, repairing the world.

Youth Groups

Combined social, educational, religious and social action programs to create opportunities for the temple’s youth to create lasting friendships.