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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 due to COVID-19 guidelines, all public services are cancelled until further notice. Please click here to access our live-streaming cameras on Fridays at 7 p.m.

Dear Fellow Congregants,

At a time when many of us long to be together, I regret to report that Temple activities will continue to be cancelled until further notice. Cancelled activities include:
·        Friday night Shabbat Services (livestream continues)
·        Kollel, Jewish Texts and Torah Study
·         Religious School
·         All other events including meditation, First Saturdays Films, Drums Alive, and Juliets
This decision is based on the strong recommendations of TAI physicians who note our duty to protect vulnerable individuals and the absence of conclusive evidence about how to protect them in social situations. Also important is the fact that our local hospitals and health care networks are not yet ready to respond to a high volume of critical care patients.
Thank you to the many congregants who have been in touch with offers of assistance to the Lexington and Temple communities. For a list of volunteer opportunities click here.
Meanwhile, please note that a simple phone call or e-mail can make a huge difference. In the words of one congregant: As we all are getting ready to “hunker down”, I was thinking of the two emails I received in the last 24 hours checking on me and asking about my kids. Kindness like this is a way of life at TAI, but those two simple acts took my breath away. I was so thankful of the simple act of “reaching out”, and embarrassed that I had not thought of doing this.
With appreciation for the many congregants who are on the front line in caring for others–
Deb Nelson, TAI President
Rabbi David Wirtschafter

Upcoming Events

  1. Sat 04

    First Saturday Film Series

    Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner in
    Apr 04 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Sun 05

    Meditation Group

    Apr 05 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  3. Mon 06
  4. Wed 08


    Juliets is a social group for
    Apr 08 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

 Click here to view the full calendar

Women First
Part and parcel of attending public schools in the 1970s and ’80s in this country was being socially indoctrinated with viewings of “Free to Be You and Me.” Among the vignettes advocating an end to gender roles telling us who we could be, what we could do and how we could express our feelings was a cautionary tale called “Ladies First.” Spoiler alert: It didn’t end well for the individual demanding “ladies first.” Inspired by this feminist upbringing and resurgence of women’s activism in the wake of #MeToo, we are following up on an initiative and inviting the women of our congregation to give a Torah commentary or sermon once a month. We are calling it “Women First” as a tip of the hat to “Free to Be You and Me” because the ordinal number conveys it’s a top priority and because these talks will be given on the first Sabbath of the month.
 *Please note that we have postponed services as per our COVID-19 guidelines. We will notify you when these dates are rescheduled or confirmed.


TAI March 2020 Bulletin.

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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.