The Temple is located in midtown Atlanta and is one of American Judaism’s most historic religious institutions. Founded in 1867, it is the city’s oldest and most diverse synagogue. Recently, The Temple was named by Newsweek Magazine as one of the most vibrant and dynamic Jewish congregations in the country. For a century and a half, it has built a tradition of social justice work and a commitment to broadening people’s access to a full Jewish life.
The Temple now counts more than 1,500 families as members, hosts a vibrant and inclusive religious school and one of Atlanta’s most respected early learning centers. We are proud of how each member brings his or her own story to our diverse community—such as those who have a multi-generational history at The Temple and those new to Atlanta or The Temple, those who identify as interfaith, LGBT, have children with physical or learning needs, and those of all ages and backgrounds who are seeking a Jewish community – a place to call home.
Our educational programs are first-class, with an early learning center onsite, one of the finest fully inclusive religious schools in Atlanta, and a robust adult education program. Our goal is to provide for a lifetime of Jewish learning. We also host a sizable library and media center, wherein our members may check out materials at no charge.
Prayer & Worship
With five active clergy members, we offer a dynamic blend of worship opportunities that span from the small and intimate to grand classical services incorporating music from our historic pipe organ. Our main sanctuary, constructed in 1931, is on the National Register of Historic Places and provides a truly awe-inspiring space in which to practice Jewish ritual life.
Social justice remains a central aspect of life at The Temple, as it has been for many decades. The civil rights advocacy of our senior rabbi during the 1950s and 1960s led to the infamous bombing of our building in 1958. Undeterred, we have continued to work towards a more just society with initiatives such as the Zaban Paradies Center, partnering with Toomer Elementary School, and advocacy and education on the issue of human trafficking.
As a Reform congregation, we are rooted in tradition and also blessed with a focus on the future needs of the Jewish people. We are eager to bring you into a stronger connection with Judaism and show you why Newsweek magazine has named us one of the 25 most vibrant congregations in America.
Now, as always, The Temple is your temple.