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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.

An update from Temple Adath Israel leadership
Fellow Congregants,
We are so happy that many of you have been able to connect with the Temple family virtually or by phone through this period of physical separation, though we miss worshipping with you in person and spending time together in our building.
As you may have heard, houses of worship are being allowed to reopen in Kentucky. Gov. Andy Beshear has issued guidance that you will find here; it recommends that we continue to provide virtual worship opportunities and meet in person only under the conditions described. 
After consultation with medical professionals in the TAI community, the Temple board, and Rabbi Wirtschafter’s colleagues on Mayor Linda Gorton’s Faith Based Subcommittee of the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Response Committee — we have determined that TAI will remain closed until at least mid-June. During the coming weeks, we will be preparing to put the governor’s safety recommendations into practice to ensure that all possible precautions have been taken before any of you return to the building. We will update you in June as our plans progress.**Due to a recent surge of COVID-19 cases in Lexington and throughout the nation, we have decided to postpone a possible “soft reopening” of socially distanced services until August at the earliest. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and consult with our medical advisors about when we might be able to safely reopen for Friday evening worship.**
When the building does reopen, services and other gatherings will be very different from what we have known. Based on the governor’s guidance, we will be wearing masks, keeping a social distance (no sitting, singing or eating together), and congregating only in small groups. It might be many months before life at TAI returns to normal. 
Now that we have gotten the disappointing news out of the way, let’s take a moment to celebrate how much we have to be thankful for in our TAI community. Though we are going through a period of isolation in our homes, it is wonderful that we have each other on the other end of the phone, Zoom meetings, or livestreams. On Shabbat we can light our candles separately, knowing that we are still together, bound by our traditions, our love for each other, and our faith.
As our time of physical separation continues, we will be adding opportunities for virtual connection. Please keep in touch with your thoughts and wishes; we are lucky to have so many talented and generous congregants who have stepped up to lead us in virtual programming! Finally, if you have not yet ventured out into the world of Zoom, please give it a try — we are here to help.
Deborah Nelson, Outgoing President
Pat Shraberg, Incoming President
Rabbi David Wirtschafter


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Upcoming Events

  1. Sun 12

    Endowment Committee

    Jul 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  2. Tue 21

    Board of Trustees Meeting

    Jul 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  3. Sun 26

    Meditation Group

    Jul 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  4. Mon 27

 Click here to view the full calendar

June-July 2020 TAI 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.