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A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Temple Israel in Godfrey, Ill., will close permanently at the end of March. The sale of the congregation’s building closes on March 26. 

COVID-19 cancels farewell event for Illinois temple shutting down

By Carol Wolf Solomon, Special to the Jewish Light March 26, 2020

It wasn’t supposed to end this way. Last Friday, March 20, was to be the final Shabbat service in the life of Temple Israel of Godfrey, Ill., a nearly 100-year old small Reform congregation that will cease to operate at the end of March.  It was to...

Michelle Weltman, Rabbi Lane Steinger, Esther Weltman and Joel Weltman participate in Friday night services at Temple Israel of Godfrey, Ill.

As small Illinois temple closes, it donates Torah to Montana congregation

By Carol Wolf Solomon, Special to the Jewish Light August 22, 2019

GODFREY, Ill. — I have been in this place before. On this Friday night, Aug. 16,  I am worshipping with a small, tight-knit congregation that is soon to be no more. This Kabbalat Shabbat service is bittersweet. Tonight Temple Israel of Godfrey, Ill.,...

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