Today Temple Israel occupies the third building of its long history. Located in Creve Coeur in suburban Saint Louis County, Temple Israel’s main campus occupies 24 acres in a park-like setting. Since its opening in 1962, the campus has experienced numerous additions and improvements.
Our facilities are available for use by our members and the general community. Please note that rental fees may sometimes apply.
To reserve a room, please call Debbie Jennings
(314) 432-8050 or request a reservation online.
Facilities on campus include:
The Gall Family Sanctuary
This sacred space is the centerpiece of a unique design by Gyo Obata, of the internationally renowned architectural firm of Hellmuth, Obata, and Kassabaum (HOK). In its original design, the roof evoked the peaks of the tents of the Israelites in the wilderness. Inside, the ceiling beams and skylights outlined a large Magen David (Star of David). In 2014, we embarked on a major project to renovate the sanctuary and the adjacent Isserman Auditorium. Presented with the challenge of honoring the past and at the same time making our worship space brighter, warmer and more intimate in keeping with current worship trends, we engaged architect Jay Brown of Levin Brown and Associates, a Maryland architectural firm specializing in renovations of historic synagogues. Renovations include a new portable lower and more accessible bimah and Aron HaKodesh (Holy Ark) for use on Shabbat and festivals, individual non-fixed seating, a new canopied sanctuary entrance, a lowered ceiling, new lighting and sound systems, and more.
Our historic bimah sculpture by noted artist Rodney Winfield remains as the focal point of our worship on the High Holy Days. Winfield's sculpture is a powerful and imposing structure of bronze and steel, which expresses the Jewish heritage in shapes that recall Biblical stories. In the center of five tons of metal reaching thirty feet in height, is a simple, unadorned Aron HaKodesh (Holy Ark). When the side wall of the Gall Sanctuary is opened, the Rabbi Ferdinand M. Isserman Auditorium joins with the sanctuary to form a worship space with a capacity of more than 1,200 worshipers. The Bimah sculpture turns 45 degrees to change the center of the congregation uniting both rooms into one worship space.
The May Chapel
The focal point of this gem-like worship space is a floor to ceiling tapestry depicting the dream of Jacob. Jacob experiences angels ascending and descending on a sulam (ladder). The late St. Louis artist Muriel Helfman depicts the ladder as a series of heavy ropes from earth to heaven. Since the ropes have knots and fringes, there is a suggestion of a heavenly tallit (prayer shawl). The ropes conceal the Aron HaKodesh (Holy Ark), a simple, fabric-lined niche in the front wall. The May Chapel is the site of numerous life cycle events as well as Shabbat worship. It has a capacity of 150.
The (Rabbi Ferdinand M.) Isserman Auditorium
Named in honor of the third Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel, the auditorium is truly a multi-purpose room. Up to 500 persons can be accommodated at a sit-down dinner or buffet. Concerts, plays, receptions, Purim carnivals, conferences, trivia nights and public meetings are but a few of the uses of the auditorium.
The Goldstein Education Center
The Goldstein Education Center is connected to the main Temple building by the Edison Bridge Lounge. The Goldstein Education Center is housed in a three-story school building containing classrooms, library, youth lounge, and offices. A variety of educational programs, including our Religious and Hebrew School program, Youth Groups, and the Deutsch Early Childhood Center are housed within its walls.
Rabbi Mark and Carol Shook Camp
Named in honor of our 6th Senior Rabbi and current Rabbi Emeritus and his wife, the camp provides space for summer day camp programs for pre-school age children. Outdoor camp facilities include a large in-ground pool, playgrounds, athletic fields, tricycle paths, pavilion, and assembly area.